The Indianapolis Colts blew up their roster this off-season, therefore they needed to reload on both sides of the ball entering the 2012 NFL Draft. Yet, they went offense heavy with 8 of their 10 picks being offensive players. Here is a quick review and analysis of their each of draft pick:
Round 1 Pick 1- Andrew Luck QB Stanford – Great pick.Colts get franchise QB, who will be the starter from day 1. He has all the physical tools as well as the intelligence necessary to be a successful NFL QB.
Round 2 Pick 34- Coby Fleener TE Stanford – This was a really good pick here. The Colts had a huge hole at tight end after releasing long time starter and former Pro Bowler Dallas Clark. So they filled a need by picking Coby Fleener and get a guy, who will have instant chemistry with Andrew Luck, his best friend and college roommate. Fleener was Luck’s favorite target in college and they will look to continue to develop their connection in the NFL.
Round 3 Pick 64- Dwayne Allen TE Clemson – This is a decent pick. yes they needed another tight end to go with Fleener and obviously they were inspired by New England, who has had great success with their two tight ends. Yet, the Colts had way bigger needs in the 3rd round then a #2 tight end. They didnt really reach for Allen but I think Michael Egnew who went to the Dolphins at 78 was the #2 Tight End in this Draft. He could be really good and will have a chance to make some big plays.
Round 3 Pick 92-T.Y. Hilton WR Florida International-T.Y. Hilton was a play maker at FIU catching 72 passes for 1038 yards and 7 TD’s.He’s fast, runs great routes and the Colts have a big need at Wide Receiver.
Round 5 Pick 136- Josh Chapman DT Alabama -Another really good pick here as the Colts went to another big need area and got a good player. Josh Chapman is big, strong and very athletic for his size. He may take 2 or 3 years to develop, but I think he has the tools to be a very good player and has a chance to play early.
Round 5 Pick 170- Vick Ballard RB Mississippi State- This was a solid pick. Ballard is a good running back with a nice combination of power and speed. I was Surprised they were able to get him in the 5th round, so this was a good value pick that filled another need area for the Colts, who return only Donald Brown from last season. The lack of an established back on the depth chart should allow Ballard to get carries early on if he can prove he’s ready for them.
Round 6 Pick 206- Lavon Brazill WR Ohio – I like Lavon Brazill, a player with great speed that’s also a very good route runner. He probably won’t play much his rookie season at receiver, as it will take some time for him to bulk up and adjust to the pro game. Yet he can make an impact in special teams, has experience returning punts and kicks and should be able to make an impact early on in that area.
Round 7 Pick 208- Justin Anderson G Georgia- Interesting pick to me as Justin Anderson has the size and strength that you want in NFL Guard. He will take a few years to develop and may only be a solid back up but is still worth a 7th round pick.
Round 7 Pick 214- Tim Fugger LB Vanderbilt -This is a great pick.Fugger is a sleeper that I didn’t think was going to last later than the 5th round. He will probably be more of a special teams player and rotational linebacker this year but I think he can develop into a starter in a few years.
Round 7 Pick 253- Chandler Harnish QB Northern Illinois- Well it is an interesting pick but I think they took a QB earlier in this Draft could be wrong but I dont think so. Harnish may be a decent back up but the Colts have some other needs that they could have addressed and I dont think Harnish will be on the Colts roster when the season starts.
The draft class put together by the Colts is one of the best this year. They addressed a number of needs and started rebuilding for the future. It will probably take a few years before most of these picks pay off, but I think it’s a very solid start.
Therefore, the Colts and their fans should be very excited about what they came away with, namely the best quarterback prospect to come into the league in the last decade. Even if they bomb on every other pick, if Luck becomes the player we all think he can be, this draft will be a resounding success.