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Colts Get Two Bargins in the 2011 Draft

Scouts Inc. says that the Colts got two great deals in the 2011 drat, grabbing both Benjamin Ijalana and Drake Nevis in perfect spots:

Benjamin Ijalana, OT, Indianapolis Colts: “The Colts were aggressive to trade up to land their second offensive lineman after drafting Anthony Castonzo in Round 1. Ijalana is smart and should adapt quickly to the Colts’ offense, even though the jump in competition from Villanova will be steep. At worst, Ijalana should be a starting guard before long. At best, he could unseat Ryan Diem at right tackle and pair with Castonzo for years to come as the Colts’ bookend tackles.”

Drake Nevis, DT, Indianapolis Colts: “I knew it was a long shot, but when appearing on radio in Indianapolis before the draft, I mentioned Nevis as a guy whom the Colts might love enough to actually consider in Round 1. Again, that praise might have been extreme, but three-technique defensive tackles who fit Indianapolis’ system as well as the explosive Nevis does are extremely difficult to find. The Colts did a great job fortifying their offensive line with their first two picks, but Nevis could make just as much of an impact from day one, especially on passing downs. Yet another Colts draftee, Delone Carter, also almost made my list. Indianapolis had a great draft, folks. Look out for the Colts.”

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2 Responses to “Colts Get Two Bargins in the 2011 Draft”

  1. Jeff Downer says:

    I liked the Indianapolis draft. Last year I had the sense that Indianapolis was losing the battle in the trenches on both sides of the ball. These choices will help Indianapolis stars like Manning, Freeney and Mathis shine even brighter.

  2. Matt Loede says:

    To me the draft is always about finding out your weaknesses and making any and all effort to support them. The Colts needed help on the line and in the run game, and their first two picks did just that. Why people are up in arms is beyond me.

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