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Colts Gab Grades the Teams Picks in the 2011 Draft

By Abe Munch

1st- Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
2nd- Ben Ijalana, OG, Villanova
3rd- Drake Nevis, DT, LSU
4th- Delone Carter, RB, Syracuse
6th- Chris Rucker, CB, Michigan State

Synopsis: The Colts are one of a handful of organizations that live and die as a team based on what they do on draft day. Under general manager Bill Polian they’ve found a high success rate over the years, making smart decisions while bringing in players that fit their systems.

Best Selection: Drake Nevis. I liked all of the Colts picks, but Nevis’ skill set was built for the Colts defense and he should’ve been drafted a round earlier. He’ll be an immediate threat from the 3-technique position.

Biggest Risk: No risks. The Colts drafted well and stayed true to their board based on team needs.

Sleeper: Delone Carter. Carter has good vision, quickness, and runs with good power. He has the skills to develop into an every down back and will get the chance to work in slowly behind Donald Brown and Joseph Addai.

Grade: A
Indianapolis brought in two of the best offensive lineman in the entire draft the first two rounds, giving Peyton Manning needed protection. Both Drake Nevis and Delone Carter should be immediate contributors.

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