Archive for the ‘draft’ Category

Why we skipped two highly rated defenders…

April 29, 2007

For those of you who wondered why the Colts passed on defenders Alan Branch and Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny, check out this article by SI’s Don Banks
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/don_banks/04/28/draft.day1.winners.losers/2.html

In short, it seems that Branch is lazy and Posluszny is slow. There are still tons of picks left for defense.

Demond Sanders comments: Polian is hilarious. I loved his comments in the Indianapolis Star about the first round drama. “From (pick number) 20 on in, we were engaged. From about 28 on, we were sweating. Anthony Gonzalez was the last name on the board,” Polian said. “We got him and that’s what counts.” Right, Bill. No one else was going to take that dude. You were sweating? You could have been playing badminton in your war room and it would not have mattered. That said, all we have to do is watch the youtube clip below to get psyched up about next year.

To further confuse the issue, the Colts have RE-SIGNED AARON MOOREHEAD. Actually, this kind of makes sense because Moorehead himself has said he is not comfortable as a slot receiver. Last year the Colts were often forced to play Reggie Wayne or Dallas Clark in the slot if they wanted to use a 3 WR set. Moorehead provides depth for Marvin and Reggie, but is probably not a long-term solution as a starter in the slot. This means the Aaron Moorehead show on ESPN950 is back on for another year! Actually he’s a pretty insightful guy considering his limited playing time; and he seems like a good locker-room guy.

Colts draft WR Gonzalez

April 28, 2007

Well folks, we talked about it just days ago and it happened. The Colts took a wideout with their first round pick. I suppose the attitude is that our offense writes the checks for the team, so you have to make a deposit. We haven’t drafted a WR since Reggie Wayne. I fear this means that we are only 3 years away from saying good bye to #88. I hope it isn’t so, but he’ll be 37 and making a crap load of money. It took Reggie Wayne 3 years to develop as a real #1. Gonzalez now has the luxury to develop slowly.

This also makes our offense utterly unstoppable and allows Dallas Clark to line up as a TE where he can do the most damage. I predict that all the rest of the picks will be spent on defense.

Of course, no sooner do I type that than the Colts trade up in order to draft an OT from Arkansas. This definitely has to be a signal that the Terrik Glenn era is coming to end after this year. They gave up a 4th round pick this year (they had 3) and a first rounder next year. This trade will anger some Colts fans, but it makes sense. They gave up the 30-32nd pick next year for the 42nd pick this year. If Ugoh becomes a solid starting lineman, it’s a great deal. If he doesn’t, then it’s bad. Basically, it gives them support at the all important tackle position without costing this year’s draft. Not a bad idea.

Demond Sanders comments: Yeah, so I was one of the fans who “lost it” when hearing we gave up a first rounder next year for this guy. But, as usual, after a few minutes I quickly remember that Polian knows what he’s doing – that goes for drafting Gonzalez as well. If all goes well the Colts will have only given up the 32nd pick in next year’s draft and a fourth rounder this year. And from the few highlights they showed of Ugoh, he looks like a beast who moves people around in the running game. If anyone saw Arkansas play last year they saw how aggressive that offense was.

Remember: the Colts have seven more picks in this draft (gotta love the compensatory picks). As we said this past week – the team starts with the offense and goes from there. Protect Peyton, give him weapons, and run the football. I think the offense is set now (I can’t think of any holes left except maybe backup RB or FB) so Polian and company can commence trying to fix the run defense. Good luck guys!

The case for a Wide Reciever

April 26, 2007

Against my better judgement, I would not mind if the Colts took a receiver in the first round. Obviously I know the right thing is to take a promising defensive player to bolster the front 7. But I can’t get past the idea that maybe the best way for the Colts to stay competitive is to keep the offense smoking hot. The run defense may very well be a multiple year rebuilding project with or without a first rounder dedicated to the issue. They have no depth at WR.

I’m going to throw out a name: Dwayne Jarrett out of USC. Once projected to go in the first fifteen picks, his so-so workout for scouts has his stock falling, possibly a late round one or even round two pick. He’s 6′ 5″ and catches everything that you throw at him. He’s the all-time PAC-10 leader in touchdown receptions. Peyton would find a way to get this guy 10 scores every year.

That said, here’s all the reason why we know the Colts shouldn’t do this:

1. It can take up to three years to develop a wide receiver. Why not just pay to re-sign Moorehead, who is just about to become useful?

2. The Colts defense was historically bad last year.

3. They already have the two best WRs in the league. Besides, they did fine without Brandon Stokely or any type of reliable third receiver last year.

4. WRs in the first round don’t have a great history. . . why not just steal one in the third or fourth round?

Deshawn Zombie’s comments: I don’t think a WR is a bad idea. The Football Outsider stats this week showed that the first round IS the best time to get a productive wideout. The problem is that it takes WRs 2 to 3 years to develop. Many people questioned whether Reggie Wayne was a bit of a bust after his rookie year, and now he is elite. I think that a lot of wideouts would perform better if they were given time to learn an offense. If Jarrett makes it to pick 32, you HAVE to take him.

Pete Prisco’s Colts Free Agency Primer

March 23, 2007

Pete Prisco of Sportsline.com spells out what we’ve been saying once a week since we started this blog. This is a great summary of why the Colts are not in dire straights despite what the Patriot-loving media would have you believe. Thanks for doing our job for us Pete. On a side note, I’m glad the Colts finally paid Prisco back by finally winning it all after he picked them for five years running.

http://www.sportsline.com/nfl/story/10082723

Of course Bill Polian’s strategy depends on the Colts having a great draft. Which they usually do.