The Colts did an excellent job in last April’s NFL Draft, with the main focus on adding some offensive firepower. They definitely achieved that goal in the 2012 NFL Draft. Here is a look at how the Colts’ rookies did lat year:
1st round (#1 overall) – Andrew Luck, QB – 23-year old Andrew Luck had a rookie year for the ages as he threw for more yards (4,374) than any QB in NFL history. Luck started all 16 games for the Colts last year and he completed 339 of 627 passes (54.1%) for 4,374 yards with 23 TD passes and 18 INTs (76.5 QB Rating). He also carried the ball 62 times for 255 yards (4.1 ypc) with 5 TD runs in 2012.
2nd round (#34 overall) – Coby Fleener, TE – 24-year old TE Coby Fleener was Luck’s college teammate at Stanford. He played in 12 games for the Colts in 2012 and he caught 26 passes for 281 yards (10.8 avg) with 2 TD grabs. He caught 26 of 48 passes (54.2%) thrown in his direction last year and 14 of his catches resulted in first downs. The Colts hope that Fleener steps up a little bit in 2013 and down the road.
3rd round (#64 overall) – Dwayne Allen, TE – 22-year old Dwayne Allen outplayed Coby Fleener in 2012. He played in 16 games for the Colts last year and he caught 45 passes for 521 yards (11.6 avg) with 3 TD grabs. He caught 45 of 66 passes (68.2%) thrown in his direction last year and 30 of his catches resulted in first downs. Allen could develop into a Pro Bowl TE in the near future.
3rd round (#92 overall) – T.Y. Hilton, WR – 23-year old speedy WR T.Y. Hilton was excellent in 2012 for the Colts. He played in 15 games for the Colts in 2012 and he caught 50 passes for 861 yards (17.2 avg) with 7 TD grabs and he also carried the ball 5 times for 29 yards (5.8 ypc). Hilton caught 50 of the 91 passes (54.9%) thrown in his direction and 30 of his catches resulted in first downs. Hilton also helped out on special teams as he returned 26 punts for 300 yards (11.5 avg) with 1 TD return and he also returned 7 kickoffs for 118 yards (16.9 avg). The sky is the limit for Hilton.
5th round (#136 overall) – Josh Chapman, DT – 23-year old DT Josh Chapman didn’t play at all last year as he had ACL surgery.
5th round (#170 overall) – Vick Ballard, RB – 22-year old RB Vick Ballard turned into the Colts main back as the year went on. He played in all 16 games for the Colts last year and he carried the ball 211 times for 814 yards (3.9 ypc) with 2 TD runs. He also caught 17 passes for 152 yards (8.9 avg) with 1 TD grab last year. Ballard has a huge upside.
6th round (#206 overall) – LaVon Brazill, WR – 23-year old WR LaVon Brazill played in 15 games for the Colts last year and he caught 11 passes for 186 yards (16.9 avg) with 1 TD grab. He caught 11 of the 24 passes (45.8%) thrown in his direction last year and 7 of his catches resulted in first downs. Brazill also returned 2 punts for 12 yards (6.0 avg) and 3 kickoffs for 50 yards (16.7 avg) last year.
7th round (#208 overall) – Justin Anderson, OT – 24-year old Justin Anderson didn’t play in any games for the Colts last year and he was waived by them on November 20th.
7th round (#214 overall) – Tim Fugger, DE – 23-year old Tim Fugger didn’t play in any games last year for the Colts. He wound up on the Cardinals at the end of the year, but he didn’t play in any games for them either.
7th round (#253 overall) – Chandler Harnish, QB – 24-year old Chandler Harnish was cut right before the regular season started. The Colts re-signed him to a future/reserve contract earlier this week.
GRADE FOR 2012: A
GRADE FOR THE FUTURE: A+