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The Indianapolis Colts select CB Kevin Thomas in the third round

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Draft Report by admin on Saturday 24 April 2010 at 1:34 pm

The Colts have picked CB Kevin Thomas out of USC with the 94th overall pick (3rd round) of the NFL Draft.  Thomas is a bit lanky at 6’0″, 189 pounds and he isn’t the fastest corner around running in the 4.55 40 area.  Thomas played in 13 games (all starts) for USC last season and he had 56 tackles, 1 sack and he forced 2 fumbles.  In his 4 years at USC, Thomas played in 39 games (17 starts) in which he had 88 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and he had 3 interceptions (one returned for a TD).  Thomas missed all of 2007 with a shoulder injury.  He is not the most durable player around but if he can stay healthy he will help the Colts on special teams and as a nickel back this season with the potential for much more down the road.

UPDATE:  (8/31/2010) – The Colts have placed Kevin Thomas on I.R. with a knee injury ending his rookie year before it started.

The Indianapolis Colts pick inside linebacker Pat Angerer in the second round

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Draft Report by admin on Saturday 24 April 2010 at 1:18 pm

The Colts have picked inside linebacker Pat Angerer out of Iowa with the 63rd overall pick (2nd round) of the NFL Draft.  Angerer is the classic run plugging linebacker but he needs to be protected by the D-Line as he is only 5’11”, 233 pounds.  He is pretty fast (4.54 40) for a linebacker so he can make plays sideline to sideline as long as O-Linemen don’t get into him.  Angerer played in 13 games (all starts) for Iowa last season and he had 145 tackles, 5 tackles for a loss, 1 sack, he broke up 5 passes and he had 1 interception.  He played in 43 games (24 starts) in his career at Iowa and he finished up with 258 tackles, 11.5 tackles for a loss, 2 sacks, he broke up 8 passes and he had 6 interceptions.  The Colts probably took him a round or two too early but he will help them in 2010 and beyond.

The Indianapolis Colts select DE Jerry Hughes in the first round

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Draft Report by admin on Friday 23 April 2010 at 12:18 am

The Colts selected DE Jerry Hughes in the first round of the NFL Draft with the 31st pick.  Hughes is a tweener and the Colts probably think of him as more of a OLB than a DE.  Hughes played in 13 games (all starts) for TCU last season in which he had 58 tackles, 16.5 tackles for a loss, 11.5 sacks, batted down 3 passes, forced 2 fumbles and he recovered 1 fumble.  Hughes does have issues on run defense which will need to be fixed or he will have to stay at DE behind Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney.  Hughes played in 49 games (27 starts) in his four years at TCU and he made 127 tackles, 40.5 tackles for a loss, he had 28.5 sacks, batted down 4 passes, forced 8 fumbles and he had 1 fumble recovery.  The Colts drafted the best player available and it was Hughes so I like the pick for them.

The Indianapolis Colts have a few needs going into the NFL Draft

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Draft Report by admin on Wednesday 21 April 2010 at 2:12 pm

The Colts have some needs going into the NFL Draft as they have not done much this off-season due to the rules of a uncapped NFL season.  The Colts have needs at OT, OG, DT, WR and OLB.  The Colts have 3 of the top 94 picks in the NFL Draft and they have 8 picks overall.  They generally stand pat and pick the best player available.  I have a feeling that they are targeting OTs Vladimir Ducasse & Bruce Campbell as well as OLB Sean Weatherspoon in the first round.

PROJECTED FIRST ROUND PICK:  OLB Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri 

The Indianapolis Colts are taking it slow this off-season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter by admin on Tuesday 20 April 2010 at 1:44 pm

With the new rules for a uncapped year the Colts are kind of hamstrung.  They are only allowed to sign a free agent after losing one of equal or greater value.  This has really hurt them in free agency.  The Colts have signed only OG Andy Alleman and OT Adam Terry so far and neither of them project to be anything more than backup players.  Maybe after the draft the Colts will be able to sign a few more players.

The Indianapolis Colts waive RB/KR Chad Simpson

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Leaving Town by admin on Saturday 10 April 2010 at 7:19 pm

The Colts have waived 24-year old RB/KR Chad Simpson.  Simpson played in 14 games for the Colts last season and he carried the ball 15 times for 102 yards (6.8 ypc) with 2 TD runs.  He also caught 3 passes for 1 yard (0.3 avg) and he returned 38 kickoffs for 898 yards (23.6 avg) with 1 TD return.  In two years with the Colts, Simpson has played in 25 games in which he carried the ball 30 times for 147 yards (4.9 ypc) with 3 TD carries.  He also caught 6 passes for 31 yards (5.2 avg) and he returned 53 kickoffs for 1,242 yards (23.4 avg) with 1 TD return.  I’m kind of amazed that the Colts decided to keep Mike Hart over Simpson.  Simpson won’t have much of a problem finding a new job as he is a decent backup RB/special teams player.