2010 NFL Draft – Colts: Round 5

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With the 162nd overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts take:

Brody Eldridge, TE, Oklahoma

Brody Eldridge, TE, Oklahoma

Brody Eldridge, TE, Oklahoma

Stats:

  • HT: 6'5 / WT: 261 / 40: 4.85
  • Career: Started at TE, OG, C
  • 2009 Second-Team All Big-12

Overview:

Eldridge is a versatile player on the offensive line, having played Center, Guard, and Tight End; but his primary strength is as a run-blocking Tight End. Eldridge is considered by many as one of, if not the, best run-blocking Tight Ends in the draft. It is highly likely that the Colts drafted Eldridge for precisely that role, as he would be an incredibly small OG, even by previous Colts' standards.

Player Comparisons:

N/A

Bio:

Draft Analysis:

  • NFL.com

    The Colts just picked the best blocking TE in the entire draft. Eldridge started games at center, guard, and tight end this season for the Sooners. In fact, he was an all-conference FB as well. He's nasty, he's tough and he will upgrade the Colts' run game and be a tremendous complement to Dallas Clark.

  • Yahoo Sports

    Has played both tight end and offensive line for the Sooners over the past couple years and give the Colts one of the better blocking tight ends in the draft.

Scouting Reports

  • NFL.com (Grade: 2.0)

    Eldridge is a big, powerful blocking tight end who has very limited receiving skills and lacks the speed to be any kind of threat downfield. He has struggled to stay healthy for a full season and missed time due to a neck injury during his senior year. He also spent some time at guard to take advantage of his size and pass-blocking skills. He can be a powerful blocker once he gets his hands on opponents but also can be late off the snap and often gets beaten by quick defensive linemen. He could get a look as either an offensive lineman or tight end but will need time to develop.

  • SI.com (Grade: 2.27 - Practice Squad)

    Positives: Well-sized blocking tight end who will also get consideration as a developmental offensive lineman at the next level. Blocks with good knee bend, leverage, and quickly gets off the snap into defenders. Strong, turns opponents off the middle of the line and plays with good awareness. Keeps his head on a swivel, displays good vision, and works until the whistle blows. Keeps his feet moving in pass protection and anchors at the point of attack.

    Negatives: Stiff, over-extends into blocks and lacks balance. Marginal speed and not much of a pass-catching threat.

    Analysis: Eldridge has done a terrific job in his role the past four seasons and effectively helped out when called upon to play on the offensive line last season. We like him best as a blocking tight end brought onto the field during short-yardage situations.

  • National Football Post (Grade: 5.7 - Backup/Depth Caliber / Rank: #22 TE)

    Eldridge is a limited athlete who struggles sliding his feet laterally in pass protection. He lacks the power to hold off opposing linemen once they gain a step on him. But he does a nice job getting off the ball quickly in the run game and working his legs through contact. He possesses a strong upper body and is tough to shed at the point of attack, but he lacks the fluidity to stay in front of defenders in space. Isn't much of a threat in the pass game. Lacks natural hands and the athleticism to separate against man coverage at the next level. He saw time during the 2009 season at left guard and showcased the fluidity to slide laterally and hold his own inside. He obviously needs to add weight, but he does have some intrigue as a potential No. 3 tight end or developmental offensive lineman.

  • NFL Draft Countdown (Rating: 1 Star / Projection: Round 6/7/FA/ Rank: #16 TE)

    (No Analysis)

  • Fox Sports

    Listed at tight end, Eldridge is more of a jack of all trades on the offensive line, having also started at center and guard during his senior season. He would have seen fewer snaps at tight end had Sooners star Jermaine Gresham not suffered a season-ending knee injury prior to the opener. Eldridge caught a total of 13 passes for 98 yards and one score during his four-year career, but his value lies nearly entirely in his blocking ability. He is big, strong, powerful and has an excellent work ethic. His biggest negative is a lack of speed, which not only inhibits his ability to be a receiver, but also can make him slow off the line and give him occasional trouble blocking quicker defenders. Durability is also a concern. Eldridge missed the end of his senior season due to a stress fracture in his neck, which he says has fully healed. Eldridge should get a look in some team's training camp, but whether he's drafted appears iffy. He'll garner interest from teams looking for a blocker to fill in at tight end or other spots along the line in emergency situations.

  • WalterFootball (Rank: #33 TE / Projection: FA)

    (No Analysis)

2010 NFL Draft – Colts: Round 4

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With the 129th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts take:

Jacques McClendon, OG, Tenn

Jacques McClendon, OG, Tenn

Jacques McClendon, OG, Tenn

Stats:

  • HT: 6'2 / WT: 325 / 40: SPD
  • Career: Stats N/A

Overview:

McClendon is a big, run-blocking beast of an OG. Projected as a likely undrafted free agent, some consider McClendon to be a reach for the Colts in the fourth round. However, the Colts generally select OL in the mid-rounds of the draft, and tend to select "project" picks who can be developed in the Colts' system. McClendon fits that mold, and continues an apparent trend of increasing size on the offensive line.

Bio:

Draft Analysis:

  • NFL.com

    The Colts add depth to their interior line with the selection of Jacques McClendon. In selecting the former Tennessee standout, the Colts are hoping to find a young player to develop for a bigger role in the near future. This is another move by the Colts to solidify their depth on the offensive line.

  • ESPN.com

    McClendon possesses great size, a wide body and excellent inline strength. While he is a limited overall athlete, he has enough quickness and lateral mobility to hold his own on the interior at the next level.

  • Yahoo Sports

    A thick, well-built guard who adds some much-needed pop and power to the Colts offensive line inside.

Scouting Reports

  • NFL.com (Grade: N/A)

    McClendon could become a developmental prospect as a potential run blocker in short-yardage situations. He is a smart player with good strength and decent speed and may eventually become a contributor.

  • SI.com (Grade: 1.5 - Free Agent)

    (No Analysis)

  • National Football Post (Grade: 5.4 - Free Agent / Rank: #36 OG)

    McClendon isn't a gifted athlete when asked to get out in space. He looks heavy-footed on the move and struggles to reach/seal defenders in space. He isn't effective on slide-down blocks and lacks the type of body control to stay on his man through the play. But he showcases above-average power as an inline run blocker and exhibits the lower body strength to create off the snap. He lacks ideal fluidity when asked to pass protect on an island, doesn't get off the ball quickly and struggles to mirror in space. He's at his best in a phone booth where he does a nice job keeping his base down, playing with natural leverage on contact and generating good power on his punch.

  • Fox Sports

    Like many of his Tennessee teammates, McClendon saw his draft stock slip with the Vols' 4-4 finish in SEC play last season. But the Cleveland, Tenn., product could still ride his strength to a shot at the next level. McClendon has a very strong lower body and the power to drive defenders off the ball. In addition to his toughness at the line, he has a quick pivot out of his stance and the ability to reach a moving target down the line. McClendon's technique is still somewhat raw, and he struggles to get his hands inside at times, but he's persistent and able to finish most of his blocks. His ability to get - and perhaps stay - on the field in the NFL will likely depend on whether or not he can improve in pass protection. He's a little narrow at the base and thus vulnerable to the bull rush. He'll most likely get a look as a free agent after the draft.

2010 NFL Draft – Colts: Round 3

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With the XXth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts take:

Kevin Thomas, CB, USC

Kevin Thomas, CB, USC

Kevin Thomas, CB, USC

Stats:

  • HT: 6'0 / WT: 192 / 40: 4.48
  • Career: 1-year starter at USC, 57 tackles, 11 PD
  • 2009 Second-Team All PAC-10

Overview:

Marlin Jackson, Kelvin Hayden

Player Comparisons:

Thomas is a quick, physical, if inexperienced, cornerback. His height and weight are reminiscent more of Marlin Jackson and Kelvin Hayden than the shorter/smaller Jerraud Powers, Jacob Lacey, or Tim Jennings. The Colts had a definite need for depth at CB (see: Tim Jennings in the Super Bowl), and have shown the ability to coach up inexperienced players (see: Powers and Lacey). Thomas provides an upgrade and depth as a dime- (or perhaps even nickel-) back.

Bio:

Draft Analysis:

  • NFL.com

    The Colts add depth to their secondary with the addition of Kevin Thomas. The Southern California standout had been one of the stars of the pre-draft season, and his intriguing skill set could flourish in the Colts' zone-based scheme.

  • ESPN.com

    Thomas has a great combination of size and top-end speed. In addition he shows the ability to turn, locate and find the football. While he is a bit tight in the hips when having to quickly turn and run, he still provides enough athletic ability to develop into a quality starter in the Colts' defensive scheme.

  • Yahoo Sports

    A physical, long-armed press corner who has the ability to re-route receivers off the line. Thomas lacks ideal range down the field but is a good fit for the Colts at this spot.

Scouting Reports

  • NFL.com (Grade: 7.1)

    Thomas was a starter for only one season at USC. He has a good combination of size and athleticism for the cornerback position but doesn't have great strength in block protection or in tackling in run support. His length enables him to make plays on the ball, but he is inconsistent to re-route receivers off the line of scrimmage. He is an inconsistent reactor which makes him vulnerable to double moves and losing leverage in coverage as well as in run support. Thomas breaks down well in space but isn't a reliable open-field tackler. He runs well, but his technique (footwork, transition angles, etc.) need to improve for him to be consistently effective in both man and zone coverages. Thomas has the talent and size to develop into an effective NFL cornerback, but he needs to improve in several areas as well as answer durability concerns at the next level.

  • SI.com (Grade: 2.79 - First-Year Contributor / Projection: Round 2/3)

    Positives: Nice-sized cornerback best facing the action. Stays low in his backpedal, quick flipping his hips and has a burst out of his plant. Displays better than average ball awareness, plays heads-up football, and fights hard to defend the throw.

    Negatives: Seems to struggle in zone and does not show great route recognition. Slow locating the ball with his back to the action.

    Analysis: After being used primarily as a backup prior to the 2009 season, Thomas showed flashes of ability last year. He possesses the size and the underlying skill to play at the next level as a nickel or dime back, yet he is an unfinished product and will need time to develop his game.

  • National Football Post (Grade: 5.8 - Backup/Depth Caliber / Rank: #22 CB)

    A tall, long-armed corner who showcases good physicality off the line and loves to use his length to disrupt timing and bump receivers in the pass game, Thomas displays good awareness and ball skills in coverage and looks natural hand fighting with receivers in the pass game and closing on the ball. He displays decent click and close ability, but he is always up so tight to the receiver that he never has far to go. But he isn't the most fluid athlete when asked to change directions and quickly get out of his breaks. He has a tendency to get caught with his footwork overextended and fails to make up for a false step.

    Thomas isn't nearly as effective in off-coverage, where he needs to rely on this athleticism and footwork to win. He displays good straight-line speed when asked to turn and run downfield. Overall, he has the size, length and ball skills to make a roster as a bump corner, and I could see him carving out a niche as a team's nickel/dime corner, but he also needs to play bump on the outside.

  • NFL Draft Countdown (Rating: 2 Stars / Ranking: #14 CB / Projection: Round 3/4)

    Strengths: Ideal height and bulk --- Long arms --- Smooth athlete --- Adequate speed --- Is quick and agile with excellent feet --- Fluid hips and transitions well --- Can turn and run with wideouts downfield --- Good ball skills --- Strong --- Physical --- Gets a nice jam at the line --- Solid instincts and awareness --- Confident with  a  short memory --- Upside.

    Weaknesses: Health / Durability is a major concern --- Tackling ability leaves much to be desired --- Is not real explosive and lacks a burst --- Struggles to recover when beat --- Is not overly powerful --- Doesn't have great hands --- Plays Tall --- Marginal  Production --- Relatively Inexperienced.

  • Fox Sports

    A broken foot and shoulder surgery claimed much of Thomas' first two seasons at Southern California, but he still ended up making an impact, intercepting three passes while serving mostly a backup role in 2008 before earning All-Pac 10 second-team honors as a senior this past season. He finished the 2009 campaign with 57 tackles and 11 pass break-ups, although he didn't have an interception and wasn't able establish himself as an elite prospect. Thomas has good length for an NFL cornerback, and he proved his athleticism with showings as a top performer in the 40-yard dash, bench press, broad jump and 60-yard shuttle at the NFL Combine. But some doubts remain about his reaction time and technique in coverage, and his consistency is not where it needs to be at the next level. Durability is also a concern following his banged-up collegiate career. Thomas is probably too good of an athlete to slip through the draft in April, but he's an unfinished project as far as the NFL goes, which means he'll likely fall to the later rounds.

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2010 NFL Draft – Colts: Round 2

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With the 63th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts take:

Pat Angerer, MLB, Iowa

Pat Angerer, MLB, Iowa

Pat Angerer, MLB, Iowa

Stats:

  • HT: 6'0 / WT: 235 / 40: 4.69
  • Career: 2009 - 135 tackles, 4 TFL
  • 2009 First-Team All American, 2009 Second-Team All American, 2009 First-Team All Big-Ten

Overview:

Most draft analysts projected Angerer to be a mid-round prospect and a solid contributor and eventual starter at ILB. Angerer is a solid-tackling ball hawk who contains well. Excellent run defender and shows speed in covering the field. That the Colts took Angerer in the second round perhaps indicates that the team thinks he has the potential to be groomed as Gary Brackett's eventual replacement.

Player Comparisons:

Gary Brackett

Bio:

Draft Analysis:

  • NFL.com

    The Colts add a solid all-around player in Pat Angerer. The former Iowa standout was very productive as a collegian, and shows outstanding instincts for the position. Though he isn't over athletic, he plays faster than he tests and is an underrated playmaker. He gives the Colts much-needed depth.

  • ESPN.com

    What he brings: Angerer is a three-down inside linebacker who can hold his own in coverage and shows above-average closing speed when asked to rush the passer. He needs to improve his power and ability to stack and shed. That said, he is a sound tackler with above-average range.

  • Yahoo Sports

    An ideal fit for the Colts' Cover 2 scheme. Angerer is an undersized guy who runs well as a linear athlete and knows how to find the football in all areas of the game.

Scouting Reports

  • Draft Board Insider (Rank: #6 ILB)

    (No Analysis)

  • NFL.com (Grade: 6.2)

    Angerer is an undersized linebacker that has been a very productive two year starter for the Hawkeyes. He is a tough competitive player that leverages the ball well. He understands angles and run fits well but gets smothered too often by offensive lineman. Angerer is best when covered up and likely needs to be in a scheme at the next level that will let him free flow to the pile. Angerer is a good athlete but may have some limitations in pure man coverage. He is a solid open field tackler but doesn’t pack a punch on contact. Angerer is a good football player that is limited some by his size but should contribute on special teams and in a backup role as a rookie.

  • SI.com (Grade: 2.63 - Future Starter)

    Positives: Fierce, run-defending linebacker who's been a very productive the past two seasons. Displays terrific instincts and wherewithal on the field, remains disciplined with assignments and gives effort until the whistle blows. Fires up the field in run defense, displays better than average speed to the flanks and a stout run defender. Fills the correct holes in run defense, works hard to get off blocks and consistently around the ball-carrier. Fights with his hands to get off blocks, breaks down well, nicely redirects to the action.

    Negatives: Gets caught up in the traffic. Not quick flipping his hips in coverage and does not get depth on drops. Struggles making plays with his back to the ball.

    Analysis: Angerer has been incredibly productive at Iowa and is a terrific run-defending linebacker who also displayed coverage skills during the combine. Lacks the great measurables to play in the middle yet could be a solid inside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment.

  • Mocking The Draft (Rank: #100 out of Top 200, #4 ILB)

    Coverage: Angerer excels at figuring out screen plays and blowing them up. Doesn't get fooled by play action when he's asked to drop back. Has lined up against receivers on the line, but shouldn't be considered a great coverage linebacker. Still, Angerer has good enough awareness to stay on the field on obvious passing downs and cover an area in zone.

    Instincts: Was a two-year starter who played in 43 career games. Has good instincts and always seems to be playing on the balls of his feet. Plays with a lot of aggressiveness and flies all over the field. Read quickly and doesn't make false movements.

    Pass rush: Was not asked to blitz a lot and shouldn't be. That's because he doesn't have very good size and will engulfed by blockers. Struggles to disengage, even though he gives good effort.

    Pursuit: Angerer is a super high motor guy. Although he's a little stiff in his movements, he makes plays all over the field. He may never be the first guy to the ball carrier, but he closes fast and finishes off a lot of plays.

    Run defense: Very smart as a run defender. Keeps his shoulders square to the line when the play is still in front of him and shuffles down. More quick than strong to avoid blockers. May not attack the line of scrimmage as much as you'd like, but rarely allowed running backs to get past him in his area.

  • National Football Post (Grade: 5.7 - Backup/Depth Caliber)

    A short, tightly wound linebacker who does a nice job locating the football, Angerer is very active inside the box. He isn't long-armed but displays a quick, compact punch which allows him to keep himself clean when working his way through traffic. He lacks ideal size and has a tendency to get washed out of plays away from his frame too easily, struggling to work sideline-to-sideline. Is the definition of a straight-line athlete, displays a good burst in pursuit and gets up to full speed quickly. Is a very sound tackler who consistently takes good angles toward the ball and wraps up well on contact.

    Lacking fluidity in coverage, Angerer is forced to open up his hips initially in his drop and sidesaddle his way down the field. Struggles quickly getting out of his breaks and looks stiff when asked to redirect and change directions in space. Yet he possesses great instincts in the pass game and consistently gets good jumps on the ball by reading the quarterback's eyes. Displays natural ball skills and good hands when asked to go up and make a play on the ball. Overall, he's an instinctive, hard-nosed linebacker with impressive closing speed for the position. He lacks the ideal size, but he has a place in the NFL. Looks more like reserve middle linebacker/special teams guy than a starter.

  • NFL Draft Countdown (Rating: 2 Stars / Projection: Round 3/4)

    (No Analysis)

  • Fox Sports

    Thought to be limited athletically, Angerer had unexpectedly strong workouts at the combine. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.69 seconds, finished ninth among linebackers with a 4.29-second 20-yard shuttle and tied for eighth in the bench press with 26 repetitions. That performance will help discount the notion that his production at Iowa was only a product of hard work, instincts and smarts. His 145 tackles as a senior rank fifth in Hawkeyes history. Of those stops, 14 1/2 were for loss as Angerer went on to earn second-team All-American honors. He first caught the eyes of scouts as a junior, posting 107 tackles and five interceptions while developing into a team leader who inspired teammates with his intensity. Angerer is a tough run defender, effective at making his way through blockers to get to the ball carrier. Angerer, though, needs to use his hands and leverage better to disengage from blocks. He's easily taken out of plays when he isn't able to avoid offensive linemen. He's an effective tackler, but isn't a big hitter. In pass coverage, Angerer is smooth when dropping into zones, reads the quarterback's eyes well and has good hands. Play-action passes and misdirection rarely fool him. He has the quickness to recover after a false step. Angerer's effort at the combine should bump him up from a late pick to the middle rounds.

  • FFToolbox (Rank: N/A in Top 100)

    Pat Angerer had a very solid 2009 season. Angerer didn't see much action during his first two years with Iowa, appearing in 17 games and recording 6 tackles on special teams. He took over a starting position as a junior when he finished the season with 107 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 5 interceptions, and 8 passes broken up. Angerer continued to anchor a strong Hawkeyes defense this year with 145 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 interception, 6 passes broken up, and 2 forced fumble in the Hawkeyes 13 games. Like many players coached by Kirk Ferentz, Angerer is a solid all around football player. Hawkeyes don't always look like stars, but NFL coaches know they know how to play the game. He's slightly undersized to play middle linebacker in the NFL, but makes up for this with great instincts. Angerer is one of those players who will find his way onto a team's roster one way or another. He is likely a fourth round selection, and would give a team a good young reserve (or possibly a starter) and likely an outstanding special teams contributor.

  • WalterFootball (Rank: #3 ILB)

    You don't want to mess with a guy who is "more than anger." Projecting as a 4-3 middle linebacker, Pat Angerer garnered a whopping 135 tackles and four TFL in 2009.

  • NFL Draft Geek (Rank: #7 ILB / Tier 2)

    Pat Angerer is about as reliable as they come, an experienced leader in Kirk Ferentz' pro-style defense, sure tackler, and is good enough in coverage to stay on the field on 3rd down. Is a very good athlete, nice speed (4.7), is comfortable in space, and very quick feet to evade blockers. On the flip side, Angerer needs to get stronger, he doesn't take on blockers well, and gets shut down at the line of scrimmage. He is not a much of a pass rusher, and doesn't shoot through the line to make plays in the backfield. Also has some minor injury concerns that derailed his first 2 years at Iowa. Angerer is N.F.L ready, and could play significant time as a rookie. While not flashy, Angerer is a very reliable player who will get the job done, he doesn't have the greatest upside, but should have a lengthy career in the N.F.L. Angerer should get picked in the 3rd round.