2009 NFL Draft – Colts: Round 7

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With the 222nd overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts take:

Pat McAfee, K, West Virginia
Pat McAfee, K, West Virginia

Pat McAfee, K, West Virginia
(HT: 6'1" / WT: 221lbs / 40: 5.0)

(Note: The Colts traded their 2010 6th Round pick for the 222nd pick from PHI.)

Analysis:

  • ESPN.com

    McAfee has excellent leg strength and accuracy; he was our top-rated place-kicker in this year's draft.

  • NFL.com

    Positives: Good, not great, leg strength. ... Can get 4.5-second hang-time on punts of 40 yards or longer to force fair catches. ... Capable of placing the ball inside the 10. ... Handles poor snaps. ... Strong last line of defense; has a stout build, can get the angle and is aggressive in tackling returners in the open field. ... Snaps his hips through the ball on placements, part of his soccer background. ... Holds a full follow-through after placements.

    Negatives: Has a slow three-step delivery (1.4 seconds) when not using a rugby style. ... Doesn't get a spiral or turn over most punts. ... His longer punts are limited in hang-time (around 4.3 seconds). ... Limited directional-kicking ability. ... Must get placement kicks in the air more quickly to prevent blocks. ... Missed two field goal tries of reasonable distance in the 2007 loss to Pittsburgh at home which cost WVU a shot at the national championship. ... Was not accurate from 40-plus yards before 2008, making only 11-of-25 attempts over his first three seasons. ... Most of his kickoffs do not reach the end zone; must sacrifice hang-time to get it there.

  • Fanhouse

    When teams start trading up for kickers, you know you're close to the end. McAfee has great leg strength, but is inconsistent. A dome might help.

  • NFL Draft Countdown

    Strengths:

    Excellent size and bulk...Has a very strong leg...Handles pressure pretty well...Serious and focused on the field...Intelligent...Can also kick off... Versatile and can punt in a pinch ...Team leader and captain.

    Weaknesses:

    Inconsistent...Not super accurate and missed his fair share of attempts...Had a major breakdown and missed two short field goals against Pitt in 2007...Needs to work on refining his mechanics and technique...Might be a bit of a jack-of-all-trades but a master of none.

With the 236th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts take:

Jaimie Thomas, OG, Maryland
Jaimie Thomas, OG, Maryland

Jaimie Thomas, OG, Maryland
(HT: 6'4" / WT: 323lbs / 40: 5.42)

Analysis:

  • ESPN.com

    Thomas has a quick first step that helps him get in strong initial position. He lacks lower-body strength and could struggle to anchor against bigger interior defensive linemen.

  • NFL.com

    Positives: Good upper-body strength. ... A bit high with his hand placement, but keeps his feet chugging and can pop, turn and pancake his opponent to clear a hole. ... Good first-step quickness to get to the second level. ... Aggressive. ... Looks to hit someone and keeps his head on a swivel to help teammates when not covered up. ... Good effort downfield to block. ... Three-year starter.

    Negatives: Carries some unnecessary weight around the middle. ... Marginal lateral quickness. ... Struggles laterally in space, losing his balance when asked to make blocks in the open field or when helping with unexpected blitzes. ... Requires a medical check on right leg; missed half of the 2007 season due to a broken right fibula.

  • SI.com

    POSITIVES: Large, strong blocker who moves well on his feet. Displays footwork in space, shows above-average ability blocking in motion and gets movement run blocking. Quickly gets off the snap, drives defenders off the ball, and can adjust to linebackers on the second level. Effective position blocker who seals defenders from the action, and fights with his hands throughout the play.

    NEGATIVES: Inconsistent in his game, and stands to develop a nasty streak. Must improve his blocking balance. Has off-the-field issue that could raise flags.

    ANALYSIS: Thomas possesses outstanding size and has the ability to be a starter at the next level. He must iron out the rough edges of his game and show that he is willing to play hard for 60 minutes, but he offers a good degree of upside.

  • NFL Draft Countdown

    Strengths:

    Excellent height and bulk with long arms...Physical and aggressive...Is stout at the point...Gets a good push in the run game...Decent lateral agility...Strong hands...Great awareness...Good motor...Experienced.

    Weaknesses:

    Average athleticism and quickness...Is not real strong...Doesn't always play with proper leverage...Limited range...Struggles in space...Can improve his hand use...Conditioning issues...May lack a killer instinct.

  • Fox Sports

    Though physical and athletic, some scouts have noted that Thomas' lack of balance, particularly in the open field, could hurt him in the draft. Teams may also be hesitant to select him due to a broken right fibula that forced him to miss half of the 2007 season. However, Thomas could be an attractive selection for teams looking for a drive-blocking guard, as he excels at attacking in short areas and creating holes.

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