The Indianapolis Colts added Pat Angerer and Kavell Conner to the linebacking corps but the rest of the rookies were pretty weak. Here is a look at how they did last year:
Jerry Hughes: The Colts used the 31st overall pick (1st round) on DE/OLB Jerry Hughes out of TCU. He played in 12 games (0 starts) for the Colts last season and he had 6 tackles and 1 tackle for a loss. He didn’t show much at all last year.
Pat Angerer: The Colts picked inside linebacker Pat Angerer with the 63rd overall pick (2nd round) out of Iowa. Angerer played in 16 games (11 starts) for the Colts last season and he had 88 tackles, 1 sack, 2 passes defensed and 1 forced fumble. He’s a tackling machine but he’s not a big time playmaker.
Kevin Thomas: The Colts took CB Kevin Thomas out of USC with the 94th overall pick (3rd round). He had a major injury in minicamp which ended his rookie year before it started. The Colts need help in the secondary, so Thomas might get his big chance to show what he can do in 2011.
Jacques McClendon: The Colts took McClendon (OG) with the 129th overall pick (4th round) out of Tennessee. He played in 4 games (0 starts) for the Colts last season despite the troubles of the O-Line.
Brody Eldridge: The Colts took TE Brody Eldridge with the 162nd overall pick (5th round) out of Oklahoma. He played in 14 games (8 starts) for the Colts last season and he caught 5 passes for 39 yards (7.8 avg). Eldridge is a good run blocker so he helped the cause for the Colts last year.
Ricardo Mathews: The Colts took DT Ricardo Mathews in the 7th round (#238 overall) out of Cincinnati. Mathews played in 8 games (0 starts) for the Colts last year and he had 1 tackle. Mathews is going to have to work hard this off-season if he’s going to want to make the Colts’ roster in 2011.
Kavell Conner: The Colts used the 240th overall pick (7th round) on linebacker Kavell Conner out of Clemson. Conner played in 12 games (9 starts) for the Colts last season and he had 57 tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery. Conner looked like the best player the Colts drafted last season but only time will tell if that is true.
Ray Fisher: CB Ray Fisher was picked in the 7th round (#246 overall) out of Indiana. He didn’t make it out of training camp as he was cut loose.
GRADE FOR 2010: D
GRADE FOR THE FUTURE: C-