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Colts Comfortable Until Round 2

 

The #1 pick of the 2012 NFL has been settled, and to pretty much no one’s surprise, the Colts will go ahead as foreseen for months and select Stanford quarterback phenom Andrew Luck. The only formality left being NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reading off his name on Thursday night.  The real suspense and anticipation for Colts’ fans will come in Round 2, at pick #34, where the Colts will make their second round selection barring a trade. For Colts’ fans, such a pick is usually right around their first round pick, making it a nice additional consolation prize for having to endure such a rough season that saw the team lose a lot more games than it won.

The needs are everywhere. Outside of taking another quarterback in Round 2, one could make the case for taking a player at any position, as long as they don’t specialize in kicking a football. This is a roster that simply lacks talent. With no real strength outside their defensive end tandem of Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, the possibilities are endless. Literally, every position could withstand to be upgraded. While I recommend simply taking the best player available, the following positions are the biggest needs:

Defensive Nosetackle

Wide Receiver

Tight End

These positions have to be upgraded going into next season. Areas like linebacker, safety, or defensive back; the team could use an upgrade but could still get by if push comes to shove. If the team, does not shore up the following positions, it will be another long season in Indianapolis.

That being said, there are quite a bit of candidates for each position. While it’s unlikely that there will be a nosetackle worthy of that draft position unless Memphis’ Dontari Poe somehow miraculously falls, there should be a surplus of offensive playmakers available. It would not be a huge surprise to see any of the wide receiver group of Georgia Tech’s Stephen Hill, Baylor’s Kendall Wright, or LSU’s Rueben Randle available at that spot. Likewise, there’s a decent chance that Luck’s former Stanford catching-mate, tight end Coby Fleener may also be available at that spot. Those are just a handful of names that the Colts could select.

Nevertheless, if the Colts want newly appointed QB Andrew Luck to have immediate success, they have to surround him with offensive weapons. Currently, the Colts’ receiving group consists of wide receivers Reggie Wayne and Austin Collie in addition to tight end Brody Eldridge. It’s a group that clearly could use an infusion of speed, talent, and athleticism.

It’s difficult to say because no one knows exactly how Ryan Grigson will draft or what he’ll emphasize. Just from personal observation, ex-Colts’ GM Bill Polian tended to keep an eye toward Big Ten athletes, as well as proven, undersized, and speedy players. He emphasized character and production over the best athletes. It’ll be interesting to see what the case is for Grigson. However, Colts’ fan should know soon enough.


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One Response to “Colts Comfortable Until Round 2”

  1. garydl71 says:

    As excited as I am about FINALLY landing Luck, I’m really anxious to find out who the rest our picks will be!

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