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’05 NFL Draft – Round 7

Filed in SportsTags: Colts, Draft, Indiana, Indianapolis, NFL

With the 243rd overall pick in the '05 draft, the Indianapolis Colts take Anthony Davis (RB, Wis, 5'6, 200, 4.51). From the ESPN NFL Draft Tracker:

Davis is one of the more explosive backs in this class and he also has terrific overall running skills. He's quick, shifty, decisive, tough for his size and shows a second gear in the open field. The problem when projecting him as an NFL back, however, is that he lacks size, has durability and character concerns, and has much room to improve in the passing game.

Probably a good seventh-round pick-up. Serviceable immediately as a backup for Edge, though probably too undersized to be his long-term replacement. Even so, is explosive and has home-run potential - assuming he doesn't get overwhelmed by NFL-sized d-backs.

Profiles:
NFL Draft Countdown
NFL.com
On The Clock

’05 NFL Draft – Round 6

Filed in SportsTags: Colts, Draft, Indiana, Indianapolis, NFL

With the 202nd overall pick in the '05 draft, the Indianapolis Colts take Dave Rayner (PK, MSU, 6'2, 210, 5.0). From the ESPN NFL Draft Tracker:

Raynor has one of the stronger legs in the country but accuracy continues to be a problem. He has been below average in terms of his field goal percentage and he also has missed an extra point in three of his four collegiate seasons.

I can only speculate that Polian is hoping to find a cheap place kicker who can actually get touchbacks. Doesn't appear to have the consistent accuracy needed to replace a Vanderjagt.

Profiles:
NFL Draft Countdown
NFL.com
On The Clock

’05 NFL Draft – Round 5

Filed in SportsTags: Colts, Draft, Indiana, Indianapolis, NFL

With the 148th overall pick in the '05 draft*, the Indianapolis Colts take Jonathan Welsh (DE, WIS, 6'3, 244, 4.52). From the ESPN NFL Draft Tracker:

Welsh is a bit of a late-bloomer. He lacks ideal size as a DE prospect and he has limited experience dropping into coverage as a linebacker. However, his combination of speed, upper body power and explosiveness make him an intriguing late-Day 1 or early-Day 2 prospect for a team that employs a 3-4 scheme and is looking for an impact pass rusher at the "rush-LB" position.

*NOTE: Philadelphia traded the 148th (5th) pick to Indianapolis for a 4th round selection in 2006.

Looks to be an undersized, speedy DE who most predict to be converted into an OLB at the pro level. Such a move would suit the Colts well, upgrading their LB corps, and having a good "system" DE for depth. Looks like a midseason-2004 injury dropped him down to the fifth round, and as such, this pick could be a real steal for the Colts.

Profiles:
NFL.com
On The Clock

With the 165th overall pick in the '05 draft, the Indianapolis Colts take Rob Hunt (C, NDSU, 6'4, 301, 4.93). From the ESPN NFL Draft Tracker:

Hunt has a chance to develop into a late-round "sleeper" from this year's class. His level of competition is obviously a concern. He also has work to do in terms of his technique and his lower body strength. However, Hunt is a durable and tough player with an impressive combination of size, speed and athletic ability.

This one could be the Colts' Center of the future. Lots of upside. Should flourish under Howard Mudd's o-line system.

Profiles:
NFL Draft Countdown
NFL.com
On The Clock

With the 173rd overall pick in the '05 draft, the Indianapolis Colts take Tyjuan Hagler (OLB, Cincinnati, 5'11, 236, 4.62). From the ESPN NFL Draft Tracker:

Hagler is an undersized WLB prospect with very good quickness and speed for the position. Hagler had his best season as a senior and he had an impressive showing at the combine

Looks like a Dungy-type linebacker: strong and fast, if "undersized". Good pick; upgrade to the front seven - especially if he develops well in the Dungy system.

Profiles:
NFL Draft Countdown
NFL.com
On The Clock

’05 NFL Draft – Round 4

Filed in SportsTags: Colts, Draft, Indiana, Indianapolis, NFL

With the 129th overall pick in the '05 draft, the Indianapolis Colts take Dylan Gandy (OG, Texas Tech, 6'3, 304, 45.12. From the ESPN NFL Draft Tracker:

Gandy is undersized, lacks great strength and still needs more experience. However, his athleticism, versatility and quickness make him an intriguing mid-to-late round prospect in the 2005 draft class. Dylan had a strong senior season as a fulltime starting center and, if he can continue to improve at the NFL level, he has a chance to become a valuable interior OL reserve.

Moving to the offense with the first pick in the fourth round. The third through fifth rounds have usually been where Polian and Co. have done a great job of mining gold with o-line picks. Looks like Gandy will fit well in Mudd's system.

Profiles:
NFL Draft Countdown
NFL.com
On The Clock

With the 136th overall pick in the '05 draft, the Indianapolis Colts take Matt Giordano (S, Cal, 5'10, 195, 4.54). From the ESPN NFL Draft Tracker:

Another bone-crunching safety to bolster the secondary...

Profiles:
NFL.com

’05 NFL Draft – Round 3

Filed in SportsTags: Colts, Draft, Indiana, Indianapolis, NFL

With the 92nd overall pick in the '05 draft, the Indianapolis Colts take Vincent "Sweat Pea" Burns (DE, Kentucky, 6.0, 267, 4.89). From the ESPN NFL Draft Tracker:

Burns reminds us a lot of Anthony Adams, a second round pick of the 49ers in 2003. He is a 'tweener DE/DT that may never be more than a "wave" player as a 3-4 DE or 4-3 DT.

Finally! In the third round, the Colts dip into the d-line pool. Could be the much-needed complement to Dwight Freeney; at the very least, will provide good backup on the line.

Profiles:
NFL Draft Countdown
NFL.com
On The Clock

’05 NFL Draft – Round 2

Filed in SportsTags: Colts, Draft, Indiana, Indianapolis, NFL

With the 60th overall pick in the '05 draft, the Indianapolis Colts take Kelvin Hayden (CB, Illinois, 5'10, 197, 4.48). From the ESPN NFL Draft Tracker:

Hayden transferred to Illinois in the fall of 2003 and started 10 games at WR (52 receptions for 592 yards and three TD's). He moved to cornerback in the spring of 2004, wound up starting all 11 games and finished with 71 tackles, four INT's and six PBU. Hayden is an intriguing developmental player with adequate size and speed, good natural athletic ability and terrific ball skills. He obviously lacks ideal experience at the DI-A level, not to mention only one year at the cornerback position.

Looks like a developmental pick for what was a thin Indianapolis defensive secondary. Hopefully a solid backup that could develop into a future stud. Still waiting for the d-line picks...

Profiles:
NFL Draft Countdown
NFL.com
On The Clock

’05 NFL Draft – Round 1

Filed in SportsTags: Colts, Draft, Indiana, Indianapolis, NFL

With the 29th overall pick in the '05 draft, the Indianapolis Colts take Marlin Jackson (CB, Michigan, 6'0", 198, 4.59). NFL Draft Countdown profiles Jackson:

Strengths: Great size...Excellent athlete...Very physical and aggressive...Good speed with the ability to close in a hurry...Technique is impressive...Really steps up and rises to the occasion when facing top wideouts.
Weaknesses: Had a down junior season when he was moved to safety...Character might be a concern after some off the field troubles in 2003...Inconsistent at times and may lack top awareness...Some teams could project him to safety.
Notes: Bounced back nicely as a senior when he made the move back to his natural cornerback position...Should vie to be one of the top cornerbacks off the board come April of '05 but workouts will be paramount.

An upgrade to the defensive secondary, but I'm still curious what will be done to shore up the d-line...

UPDATE: More profiles - NFL.com, On The Clock, HoustonProFootball.com

UPDATE II: The Sports Frog nailed the pick in his mock draft.

I Like Your Pants

Filed in PersonalTags: Indiana, Terre Haute

And whoever said Terre Haute, IN, isn't exciting? Aaron Baldauff recounts a recent late-night excursion to the Terre Haute Kroger, beginning as follows:

On a scale from 1 to inappropriate, leaving Kroger this evening lands at right about 74.

Way too funny, but completely apropos to The Haute.

Indianapolis Colts Forever

Filed in SportsTags: Colts, Indiana, Indianapolis, NFL

Colts Owner Jim Irsay says his loyalty to Indy is strong:

"Q: But you're the son of the man who moved the Colts. Like father, like son?

A: It's strange, because I don't like franchise movement. Sometimes when it's necessary at the very end of a very problematic situation, it needs to occur. But being one of the teams that has moved, obviously that was my dad's era. But I believe in franchise stability. I believe that creating a legacy and having a tradition is what sports is all about in terms of rivalries and creating a generation of fans. The real equity you have is in the fans' love of the game, and that equity is gained through many decades of building a legacy."

Really, can we stop talking about this now? I know the media find rumors of the Colts moving to Los Angeles sexy, but again and again, Irsay has said just the opposite - that he intends to build a Super-Bowl franchise in Indianapolis. The new stadium is on its way (if the Indiana lawmakers can ever get their act together).

Oh, and I'm planning on becoming a season ticket holder. My playoff tickets were Secton 327 (Yellow) seats. Full-season tickets there are $490. I'm thinking that's my range - unless I can find some killer seats in the Red ($550) section.