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The Indianapolis Colts had a great 2016 NFL Draft

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Friday 27 May 2016 at 9:16 pm

The Indianapolis Colts needed offensive line help and toughness on the defensive side of the football.  I think they got what they wanted.  Here is a look at the guys they drafted:

1st round (#18 overall) – Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama

2nd round (#57 overall) - T.J. Green, S, Clemson

3rd round (#82 overall) – Le’Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech

4th round (#116 overall) – Hassan Ridgeway, DE/DT, Texas

4th round (#125 overall) – Antonio Morrison, ILB, Florida

5th round (#155 overall) – Joe Haeg, OT, North Dakota State

7th round (#239 overall) – Trevor Bates, LB, Maine

7th round (#248 overall) – Austin Blythe, C, Iowa

OFFENSE:  The Colts knew going into this draft that they had to improve the offensive line.  Colts’ QBs got the hell beat out of them last year.  If it happens again, they will be in deep trouble as they don’t have quality depth behind Andrew Luck this time around.  They missed out on the top tackles in the draft, so they shifted gears and took the best center (Ryan Kelly) in the first round and he will start from Day #1.  In the 3rd round the Colts got good value in taking OT Le’Raven Clark.  Adding Joe Haeg (OT, 5th round) and Austin Blythe (C, 7th round) could wind up helping the Colts down the road!

DEFENSE:  The Colts took a safety with blazing speed in T.J. Green and he has a nice upside.  He could be a starter in the near future for the Colts.  The Colts also helped the front seven with the picks of Hassan Ridgeway, Antonio Morrison and Trevor Bates.

OUTLOOK:  I really loved this draft for the Colts as the front office finally seems to have seen the light!

The Indianapolis Colts pick center Ryan Kelly in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Friday 29 April 2016 at 5:30 pm

The Indianapolis Colts picked center Ryan Kelly with the #18 overall pick (1st round) of the 2016 NFL Draft.  Kelly is 6’4″, 298 pounds and he runs a 5.27 40.  Kelly made all the line calls for Alabama last year and he should start right away for the Colts.  He is a good run blocker, as he can hit a moving target at the second level.  He is also a pretty solid pass blocker.  Kelly played in 15 games (all starts) for Alabama last year.  He played in 46 games (35 starts) in his four years with the Crimson Tide.  The Colts probably preferred to draft an offensive tackle, but they were flying off the board early in the draft.  That being said, Kelly was a solid pick for them, as they need to do whatever they can to protect Andrew Luck better.

The Indianapolis Colts had a lousy draft in 2015

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Friday 4 March 2016 at 7:17 pm

Phillip Dorsett, WR (1st round, #29 overall) – The Colts wanted another speedster for Andrew Luck to throw to and they got one in Dorsett.  Dorsett played in 11 games for the Colts as a rookie in which he caught 18 passes for 225 yards (12.5 avg) with 1 TD grab.  Dorsett also carried the ball 3 times for 17 yards (5.7 ypc) last year.  Dorsett also returned 2 punts for 1 yard (0.5 avg), 1 kickoff for 12 yards and he also had 1 tackle.  The Colts are going to have to give Dorsett a bigger role in the near future to justify taking him this highly.

D’Joun Smith, CB (3rd round, #65 overall) – Smith didn’t get on the field much as a rookie.  He played in 4 games for the Colts last year and he had 1 tackle and 1 fumble recovery.

Henry Anderson, DE (3rd round, #93 overall) – Anderson played in 9 games as a rookie for the Colts last year and he had 31 tackles, 1 sack and 2 passes defensed.  Look for him to play more in the near future for the Colts.

Clayton Geathers, SS (4th round, #109 overall) – Geathers played in 15 games as a rookie for the Colts and he had 34 tackles, 1 fumble recovery and 1 pass defensed.  Geathers, like Anderson, should see more P.T. in the near future.

David Parry, NT (5th round, #151 overall) – Parry played in all 16 games for the Colts last year and he had 31 tackles and 1 sack.  Look for him to play more in the near future.

Josh Robinson, RB (6th round, #205 overall) – Robinson didn’t get on the field as a rookie for the Colts in 2015.

Amarlo Herrera, ILB (6th round, #207 overall) – Herrera played in 3 games for the Colts as a rookie, but he didn’t have any tackles.

Denzell Goode, OT (7th round, #255 overall) –  Goode played in 4 games (2 starts) as a rookie for the Colts last year.

VERDICT:  The Colts must have not been too worried about protecting their QB in 2015, as they didn’t draft an offensive lineman until the 7th round.  I wonder if they would have picked different players if they could have looked into a crystal ball.  Phillip Dorsett and D’Joun Smith were huge disappointments as rookies for the Colts last year.  The only reason I won’t give them an F for this draft is because Anderson, Geathers and Parry look like they could help the D moving forward.  But, they still get a D- for this draft!

The Indianapolis Colts added some solid players in the 2013 NFL Draft

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Monday 3 June 2013 at 10:36 pm

The Colts didn’t go for flash in the 2013 NFL Draft.  They went for glue type players.  Here is who they got:

1st round (#24 overall) – Bjoern Werner, OLB/DE, Florida State

3rd round (#86 overall) – Hugh Thornton, OG, Illinois

4th round (#121 overall) – Khaled Holmes, C, USC

5th round (#139 overall) – Montori Hughes, DT, Tennessee-Martin

6th round (#192 overall) – John Boyett, S, Oregon

7th round (#230 overall) – Kerwynn Williams, RB, Utah State

7th round (#254 overall) – Justice Cunningham, TE, South Carolina

I really like the first three picks the Colts made in the 2013 NFL Draft.  Bjoern Werner should be able to help the Colts amp up the pass rush a little bit in 2013 and beyond.  G Hugh Thornton and C Khaled Holmes were smart picks as the Colts need to start protecting Andrew Luck better.

FIRST IMPRESSION:  B

The Indianapolis Colts picked TE Justice Cunningham in the 7th round of the 2013 NFL Draft

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Wednesday 15 May 2013 at 11:21 pm

The Colts selected 22-year old TE Justice Cunningham out of South Carolina with the 254th overall pick (7th round) of the 2013 NFL Draft.  He is 6’4″, 260 pounds and he runs a 4.9 40.  Cunningham is a really solid run blocker as he can get to the second level and hit moving targets.  That is his strength on the football field.  He does not have much speed or moves, as he runs straight after he catches the football.  Cunningham played in 13 games for South Carolina last year and he caught 23 passes for 324 yards (14.1 avg).  He played in 54 games in college and he caught 50 passes for 581 yards (11.6 avg) with 1 TD grab.  Cunningham will try to stick with the Colts as their #3 TE in 2013 and beyond.

UPDATE:  (9/2/2013) – The Colts have waived Justice Cunningham.

UPDATE II:  (9/4/2013) – The Colts have re-signed Justice Cunningham to the practice squad.

The Indianapolis Colts picked RB Kerwynn Williams in the 7th round of the 2013 NFL Draft

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Wednesday 15 May 2013 at 11:12 pm

The Colts selected 22-year old RB Kerwynn Williams out of Utah State with the 230th overall pick (7th round) of the 2013 NFL Draft.  Williams is 5’7″, 196 pounds and he runs a 4.45 40.  Williams runs hard for a player his size and he can break arm tackles.  He is fast enough to get to the corner and get downfield.  But, he’s not much of a pass blocker due to his size and he was only a 1-year starter at Utah State.  Williams played in 13 games (all starts) at Utah State last year and he carried the ball 218 times for 1,512 yards (6.9 ypc) with 15 TD runs and he also caught 45 passes for 697 yards (15.5 avg) with 5 TD grabs.  Williams played in 49 games (18 starts) in his four years at Utah State and he carried the ball 382 times for 2,515 yards (6.6 ypc) with 22 TD runs.  He also caught 64 passes for 870 yards (13.6 avg) with 5 TD grabs in college.  Williams could be an outstanding 3rd down back in 2013 and he could return some kickoffs or punts.  Williams has the ability to have a much bigger role down the road for the Colts.  I really like this pick for them.

UPDATE:  (9/2/2013) – The Colts have signed Kerwynn Williams to the practice squad after he cleared waivers.

The Indianapolis Colts picked safety John Boyett in the 6th round of the 2013 NFL Draft

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Wednesday 15 May 2013 at 11:04 pm

The Colts selected 23-year old safety John Boyett out of Oregon with the 192nd overall pick (6th round) of the 2013 NFL Draft.  He is 5’9″, 205 pounds and he runs a 4.6 40.  Boyett is solid against the run and he plays faster than his timed speed on the field.  He has good ball skills, but he can’t handle covering NFL type WRs and TEs man to man.  Boyett played in 1 game (1 start) last year for Oregon (due to surgery on both knees) and he had 2 tackles and 1 interception.  Boyett played in 40 games (36 starts) in his four years in college and he had 278 tackles, 23 passes broken up and 10 interceptions.  Boyett will likely have to earn his P.T. on special teams before he gets a shot at playing any D for the Colts.

UPDATE:  (8/27/2013) – The Colts have placed John Boyett on the Injured Reserve List with a knee problem.

UPDATE II:  (9/3/2013) – The Colts have released John Boyett after an altercation with the police.

The Indianapolis Colts picked DT Montori Hughes in the 5th round of the 2013 NFL Draft

Blogged under Big Colts News,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Wednesday 15 May 2013 at 10:59 pm

The Colts selected 23-year old DT Montori Hughes out of Tennessee-Martin with the 139th overall pick (5th round) of the 2013 NFL Draft.  Hughes is 6’4″, 322 pounds and he runs a 5.0 40.  Hughes is a big man that can push the pocket back towards the QB.  He is a good tackler and he is solid against the run.  But, he has issues off the field that led to him leaving Tennessee for Tennessee-Martin after two years.  It will also be interesting to see how Hughes handles the huge step up in competition in 2013 and beyond.  Hughes played in 11 games (all starts) at Tennessee-Martin last year and he had 42 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, 4 sacks and 1 batted ball.  Hughes played in 47 games (23 starts) at Tennessee and Tennessee-Martin in which he had 109 tackles, 20.5 tackles for a loss, 6 sacks, 5 batted balls, 3 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery.  This is a boom or bust pick for the Colts.

The Indianapolis Colts picked center Khaled Holmes in the 4th round of the 2013 NFL Draft

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Wednesday 15 May 2013 at 10:53 pm

The Indianapolis Colts selected 23-year old center Khaled Holmes out of USC with the 121st overall pick (4th round) of the 2013 NFL Draft.  Holmes is 6’3″, 308 pounds and he runs a 5.15 40.  Holmes is a solid blocker when on the move as he can hit moving targets in the run game.  He is also a solid pass blocker, but his game is quite a bit on the finesse side.  Holmes will need to get a tad meaner to excel in the NFL and it will be up to the Colts’ coaches to bring that out in him.  Holmes played in 11 games (all starts) for USC last year.  He played in 39 games (36 starts) in his four years with the Trojans.  This was a solid pick for the Colts as Holmes should be a starter for them in the near future.

The Indianapolis Colts picked OG Hugh Thornton in the 3rd round of the 2013 NFL Draft

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Thursday 2 May 2013 at 12:20 am

The Indianapolis Colts selected 22-year old OG Hugh Thornton out of Illinois with the #86 overall pick (3rd round) of the 2013 NFL Draft.  Thornton is 6’3″, 313 pounds and he runs a 5.25 40.  Look up nasty in the dictionary and you might very well see Thornton’s picture there.  He plays mean and he drives to drive defensive players into the ground.  Sometimes he gets too amped up, which causes him to miss some blocks.  He played in 11 games (10 starts) for Illinois last year.  He played in 42 games (35 starts) in his four years with the Illini.  Thornton will likely be a starter in the very near future….as early as opening day 2013.

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