2009 NFL Draft – Colts: Round 4

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With the 127th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts take:

Austin Collie, WR, BYU
Austin Collie, WR, BYU

Austin Collie, WR, BYU
(HT: 6'1" / WT: 200 / 40: 4.63)

Analysis:

  • ESPN.com

    Collie runs precise routes and consistently creates separation coming out of his breaks. Combined that with his reliable hands and you have one of the better chain-moving wideouts in this year's class.

  • NFL.com

    Positives: Legitimate NFL build. Muscled up athlete. Faster on the field than his rather pedestrian 40-yard dash time would indicate. Good initial quickness off the snap. Good hand usage and lateral quickness to gain a quick release against press coverage. Sharp, savvy route-runner. Varies his speeds and can sink his hips to generate separation. Good burst laterally. Works his way back to the ball if he sees his quarterback in trouble. Soft hands. Snatches the ball out of the air and is quick to put it away. Can track over either shoulder. Good elusiveness to make the first defender miss and strength to run through arm tackles. Good vision and will cut it back inside. May lack elite deep speed, but good early acceleration. Averaged 26.5 yards per kick return from 2007-08.

    Negatives: Questionable deep speed to challenge over the top. Will be older than most NFL rookies (24) due to his LDS mission. Questionable level of competition. Statistics inflated due to BYU's scheme and defenses keying on TE Dennis Pitta.

  • SI.com

    POSITIVES: Reliable, sure-handed pass catcher with natural receiving skills. Quickly releases off the line, sells routes, and plays with excellent balance and body control. Makes good use of the sidelines, knows where he is on the field, and displays good focus at all times. Makes the reception running laterally without breaking stride, looks the ball into his hands, and quickly transitions from making the reception to running after the catch. Consistently extends and catches the ball away from his frame. Tough, fights to make the reception, and uses his frame to shield away opponents. Consistently finds the open spot in the defense, or follows the quarterback across the field to make himself an available target.

    NEGATIVES: Marginal speed and cannot separate from opponents down the field.

    ANALYSIS: Collie is an active receiver who displays outstanding pass-catching skills and football instincts. One of the more sure-handed receivers in this draft, he will be effective for a timing or West Coast offense that requires him to run a lot of underneath routes.

  • Fanhouse

    The prototypical Colts receiver -- good hands, great route-running, true passion for the game.

  • Yahoo Sports

    Collie lacks ideal athleticism, but he is a good route-runner who knows how to high point the ball and is a great fit in the Colts' offense.

  • NFL Draft Countdown

    Strengths:

    Very good height and bulk...Soft, reliable hands...Good focus and will make the spectacular catch...Excellent route runner...Nice ball skills and body control...More quick than fast...Tough...Good strength...Is not afraid to work in traffic...Intelligent...A hard worker...Productive.

    Weaknesses:

    Doesn't have the speed you look for...Isn't explosive...Won't get much separation...Isn't a vertical threat...Not real elusive...A bit older than the normal prospect..Has short arms..The product of a spread offense.

  • Scout.com

    STRENGTHS: Hands and Concentration, Route-Running Skills, Toughness

    AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: Downfield Threat, Speed

    Collie is a physical receiver who plays much faster than his timed speed. He has good size and strength and gets a great release off the line. He’s a solid route runner who has tremendous hands. He’s aware of his surroundings and consistently finds openings within a defense. He’s not a burner, but is deceptively quick and has the ability to get vertical. He’s strong after the catch and doesn’t go down easily.

  • Fox Sports

    Plays faster than his 40-yard dash time. Makes up for lack of speed with soft hands, good vision and quickness. Uses his hands and agility to separate from press coverage. A smart route runner, often baiting defenders by starting his routes slower than usual. Good bulk, has the strength to run through arm tackles. Has some value on special teams.

With the 136th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts take:

Terrance Taylor, DT, Michigan
Terrance Taylor, DT, Michigan

Terrance Taylor, DT, Michigan
(HT: 6'0" / WT: 306lbs / 40: 5.39)

Note: compensatory pick

Analysis:

  • ESPN.com

    Taylor possesses a squatty build that allows him to generate good leverage on the interior. However, he is a bit undersized and is going to have problems anchoring against double-teams at the NFL level.

  • NFL.com

    Positives: Prime NFL nose tackle candidate. ... Plays with good leverage, keeping his pad level low and square and getting his hands high and inside. ... Does not move much against double teams, holding his ground against the run. ... When fresh, he gets off the ball and pushes the center into the backfield to blow up inside runs. ... On occasion he can quickly knife through the A-gap to get pressure on the quarterback. ... Will chase downfield at times. ... Plays with a mean streak. ... Voted team captain in 2008.

    Negatives: Short and not in great shape. ... Does not shed blocks when straight-up on his man, but makes plays when lined up on the shoulder of the center or guard. ... Better conditioning could help him get off the ball and collapse the pocket consistently. ... Doesn't get his hands up often enough to break up passes. ... Exposed a bit at the East-West Shrine Game for being a bit of a one-trick pony. ... Makes piles in short-yardage situations but does not stay on his feet consistently enough to stop the runner.

  • SI.com

    POSITIVES: Strong, wide-bodied defensive lineman tough to move off the point. Built low to the ground, plays with leverage, and gets underneath opponents. Possesses a thick lower body, tough to handle on the inside, and holds his ground. Displays good first step quickness, fires through the gaps upfield or bulrushes opponents off the line. Constantly doubled or focused on by opponents.

    NEGATIVES: Inconsistent in his play and effort. Does not overwhelm lesser opponents, and too easily locked up at the point by a single blocker. At times seems intimidated on the field. Slow locating the ball. Must develop more moves with his hands.

    ANALYSIS: Taylor is a prospect who came into this season with high grades, and much was expected of him. Like many of his predecessors from Michigan, (Allan Branch and Gabe Watson) Taylor failed to deliver and is watching his draft stock tumble. He has the build and strength to handle the duties as an interior lineman or play nose tackle, yet he must start to play with a sense of urgency for 60 minutes or he'll be looking for a new line of work.

  • Yahoo Sports

    Taylor is a big, physical defensive lineman who can eat up blockers and clog run lanes. The Colts needed to add size inside and he certainly fits the need.

  • NFL Draft Countdown

    Strengths:

    Good bulk...Super strong...Plays with great leverage...Excellent run stuffer...Is able to occupy multiple blockers...Stout at the point of attack..Can collapse the pocket...Nice instincts and awareness...Tough and nasty...Durable...Has a lot of experience against top competition.

    Weaknesses:

    Short and squatty...Not much of a pass rusher...Has an inconsistent motor...Range is pretty limited...Doesn't pursue well...Struggles to get off blocks..Poor stamina...One-dimensional...Questionable work ethic.

  • Fox Sports

    Taylor is a prototypical, run-stopping defensive tackle. He takes up a lot of space in the middle of the line and almost always warrants a double team. He was a power lifter in high school, which prepared him well for the gridiron. If he's lined up off the shoulder of an interior lineman, he can shoot the gap and wreak havoc in the offensive backfield. Taylor needs work on his pass rush and may become a run-only type of defensive tackle in the NFL. If he is blocked straight up, he tends to not shed the block and lose his effectiveness. He does not tip many passes, and he also has trouble staying on his feet to make plays. Taylor is strong enough to possibly play nose tackle in a 3-4 defensive scheme, as he has a wide body and is tough to move. He has great football instincts and gets to the ball quickly. He will be a solid pick for a team that needs some beef in the middle of the defensive line.

  • Football's Future

    Strengths

    Taylor is a classic nose tackle. He is built low to the ground with a wide base, and is very difficult to move off the line of scrimmage. His thick build and natural strength allow him to hold his ground and clog running lanes. Taylor does supply some penetration ability because he does have some quickness. He comes off the snap quick, and once he is moving upfield he is difficult to stop because of his power and momentum he has built up.

    Weaknesses

    Although he has some quickness to slip into the backfield, Taylor is strictly a run stopper in the NFL. He will only fit teams that are looking for a nose tackle. His size suits him well at that spot but should limit him in any other role.

    Future

    Taylor is a very good run stopper and is going to make some team happy in April. He should be one of the top nose tackles available, and could hear his name called in the third round and provide a run stuffing boost to his new team.