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Colts 2009 Draft Recap

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OVERALL

The Colts addressed several needs, and did so without reaching and without giving away the farm in up-trades. The Colts added a viable #2 RB to replace Dom Rhodes, two big run-stuffing DTs, a project CB to add depth, a project slot receiver/potential kick returner, a value-pick late-round QB, a punter to replace Hunter Smith, and another value-pick, late-rounder OG.

The Colts made only two, very minor draft moves: trading up in the second round to get DT Moala (which cost the Colts their fifth-rounder), and trading their 2010 sixth-rounder to get P/K McAfee.

The only mildly surprising omission from the draft slate is LB. Either the Colts didn't like the value at LB at their selection points, or else the team is satisfied with the current linebacker corps. Either way, it is difficult to argue for an LB over any of the Colts' picks (except perhaps QB Painter - though he could easily prove to be a much cheaper #2 QB than Sorgi, and equally effective).

ROUND 1

Summary

With the 27th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts take:

Donald Brown, RB, UConn
Donald Brown, RB, UConn

Donald Brown, RB, UConn
(HT: 5'10" / WT: 210lbs / 40: 4.51s)

The Colts have a tendency to draft skill position players on the first day of the draft, and in the first round in particular. Thus, a RB selection isn't surprising. Polian has indicated that Brown was drafted not as Addai's replacement, but rather as Dom Rhodes' replacement (whom the Colts lost to free agency in the off-season). While the Colts have a young offensive line that led to much of the team's rushing problems in 2008, it is also clear that the Colts - like most of the teams in the league - are moving away from a feature-back system to a two-back system. Thus, the Colts need a solid back like Brown to fill that second-back role.

This pick addresses an obvious need (solid #2 running back) with a player who should be well-suited to the Colts' system, wasn't a reach, and saw the first-round pick used for a relatively safe RB selection.

ROUND 2

Summary

With the 51st overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts take:

Fili Moala
Fili Moala, DT, USC

Fili Moala, DT, USC
(HT: 6'4" / WT: 305 / 40: 5.16)

Note: The Colts traded their 61st pick in the second round along with their 5th round pick, for the 56th pick in the second round from the Dolphins.

The Colts gave up a fifth rounder to move up five spots in order to nab Moala - a solid DT that should fit perfectly into the Colts' defensive line. Moala's skills appear to be well-suited to a one-gap system such as the Colts'. Moala was knocked for being unable at times to shed double-teams in college; however, if he can draw double-teams with the Colts, then his job is already done, since if he is being double-teamed, then either Freeney or Mathis will be singled up on the ends. Moala provides a big, run-stuffing body on the interior line, and has a frame that could allow him to bulk up even more.

This pick also addresses an obvious need (beefing up the interior DL) with another player who should be well-suited to the Colts' system, and didn't cost the Colts much to trade up to get.

Round 3

Summary

With the 92nd overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts take:

Jerraud Powers, CB, Auburn
Jerraud Powers, CB, Auburn

Jerraud Powers, CB, Auburn
(HT: 5'9" / WT: 188lbs / 40: 4.49)

The Colts needed depth at corner, and Powers should be a good fit at nickel. Powers is possibly a project pick, but may prove to be an upgrade over Tim Jennings sooner rather than later.

Round 4

Summary

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)

With the departure of Marvin Harrison, the Colts needed depth at WR. The emergence of Gonzales last season as a legitimate outside receiver, coupled with the team's young, talented TE corps will give the Colts plenty of options in the 2 TE set. However, the Colts are at their best with a true slot-receiver option. Collie will fit in perfectly in that role, and could play immediately. Also, Collie could be used as a returner 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

The Colts have had a long-standing need for stability on the interior defensive line, especially in running situations, and Taylor should be a player who can step in immediately and contribute. This pick resembles a typical Polian mid-rounder value pick, and should make Colts fans quite happy. Taylor and Moala appear to be direct responses to the Colts defense's glaring inability to get off of the field in short-yardage situations last season.

Round 6

Summary

With the 201st overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts take:

Curtis Painter, QB, Purdue
Curtis Painter, QB, Purdue

Curtis Painter, QB, Purdue
(HT: 6'3" / WT: 225lbs / 40: 4.87)

This pick is a prime example of Polian's draft philosophy of taking the best player available at the given pick. The Colts still have depth needs at LB, and need a punter, but Painter could at least challenge Jim Sorgi for clipboard duty behind Peyton Manning.

Round 7

Summary

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.)

The Colts needed a punter to replace Hunter Smith, whom the Colts lost to free agency. McAfee was both a punter and a place kicker at WVU, and showed ability both to force fair catches and to land punts inside the red zone. McAfee also has Hunter Smith's size and tackling ability, which has been important at times in the past for the Colts punt-coverage unit.

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)

The Colts add a value pick in the seventh-rounder Jaimie Thomas, who has shown good skill at left guard. Thomas is just the sort of late-round, low-risk pick that may very well shine under the tutelage of Howard Mudd.

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.

2009 NFL Draft – Colts: Round 6

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With the 201st overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts take:

Curtis Painter, QB, Purdue
Curtis Painter, QB, Purdue

Curtis Painter, QB, Purdue
(HT: 6'3" / WT: 225lbs / 40: 4.87)

Analysis:

  • ESPN.com

    Painter has excellent size and a live arm to make all the NFL throws. However, he locks on to his No. 1 receiver too much and must do a better job with his overall decision making.

  • NFL.com

    Strengths: Good size and bulk for the position. Durable four-year starter from a system that produced starting NFL QBs Drew Brees (Saints) and Kyle Orton (Bears). Quick set up and delivery. Legitimate NFL arm strength and accuracy. Can make every NFL throw, showing the zip, touch and deep accuracy necessary to attack every level of the defense. When given time in the pocket, shows very good accuracy. Can hit the moving target, giving his receivers the opportunity to take advantage of their abilities to run after the catch. Not particularly athletic, but can roll out, square his shoulders and throw accurately on the move.

    Weaknesses: Struggles with pressure. Fails to feel the pocket collapsing around him and too often either absorbs hits or forces the ball into coverage. Will stare down his primary target and trusts his arm strength to put the ball into extraordinarily tight windows. Simply hasn't made the improvements throughout his career expected of a four-year starter. Has struggled in big-game situations. Missed time as a senior with a separated right shoulder that requires a medical check.

  • SI.com

    POSITIVES: Nice-sized passer with an erratic game. Patient in the pocket, displays a good knowledge where his receivers are on the field, and goes through receiver progressions. Displays zip on the short and intermediate passes. Gets outside the pocket and then makes the throw on the move. Stands in the pocket and takes a hit in order to get the ball away.

    NEGATIVES: Changes his point of release, which adversely affects his accuracy. Struggles hitting receivers in stride, scatters passes, and usually high of the mark when he tries to put extra zip on throws. Puts the ball up for grab and tosses the pass in to covered receivers. Holds the ball too long and gets antsy under the rush. Rarely came through in the big game for Purdue.

    ANALYSIS: After looking like an NFL prospect early in his Purdue career, Painter has struggled to capitalize the past two seasons. He possesses average arm strength, less-than- desirable accuracy, and makes poor decisions. Painter has the tools to work with, and he showed positive signs at the combine. He must get his game back on track and learn to play in a disciplined NFL passing system to have a career at the next level.

  • Fanhouse

    Bryan Hoyer has officially fallen off the draft's metaphorical cliff. Painter's a marginal prospect at best.

  • NFL Draft Countdown

    Strengths:

    Terrific height and bulk...Arm strength is more than adequate...Solid mechanics...Quick delivery...Good anticipation and timing...Has a lot of big-time experience...Very productive...Decent program pedigree.

    Weaknesses:

    Not a great athlete...Can be wildly inconsistent...Lacks great accuracy and touch...Makes too many bad decisions...Tends to stare down his targets...Isn't very mobile...Footwork will have to be tweaked...Did not play in a pro style offense..Leadership ability has been questioned.

  • Scout.com

    STRENGTHS: Pocket Awareness, Release, Size

    AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: Accuracy / Consistency, Decision-making

    Painter has ideal size and possesses strong mechanics. He stands tall in the pocket and displays good awareness. He has a quick release and is accurate hitting his receivers in stride. He’s a tough competitor who buys time for his receivers and will stay in the pocket until the very last moment to complete a pass. He has the ability to escape the pocket and make throws on the run.

  • Fox Sports

    While Painter has good size for the position, possesses some speed, a legitimate arm and comes from the program that sent Drew Brees and Kyle Orton to the NFL, prospective teams could be scared off by the shoulder injury. In the right situation, and if his shoulder checks out, Painter could be a steal in the middle rounds.

  • Football's Future

    Strengths

    Painter is a very good pocket passer that has shown the ability to sling the football all over the field, racking up amazing numbers in the process. He has a strong frame and the toughness to sit in the pocket until his man gets open. Painter also shows a very good arm, and should not have any problems getting the ball to his receivers at the NFL level. He also has a knack for being able to elude the rush and buy time to make things happen.

    Weaknesses

    The big issue with Painter is the issue all Purdue QB’s face, and that is the system. It is favorable to posting very good stats for the QB, but more importantly, has the QB lining up in shotgun formation. Painter will need to learn to take the snap from under center, and learn to start reading the action dropping back instead of getting the ball in position to see the entire field. The progress he displayed as a junior was halted as a senior, where he looked more like he did during his first two years in the program. He was getting flustered in the pocket and forcing bad throws down the field.

    Future

    Painter was arguably the top senior QB entering the season but like his main competition for that title, Cullen Harper, he struggled. He took a step back and is now a late round pick at best. He has some tools to develop so someone may take a flyer on him but Painter has a tough road ahead of him and will have a long wait on draft day.