’05 NFL Draft – Round 5

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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.

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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.

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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:
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