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@Nate Dunlevy That's why I think we would have a better opinion of the draft if, say, you add a second round DB or even pass rusher to the mix. Even though you can't exactly discount that completely , i think it skews our impression of this draft. A third and fourth rounder spent on Oline is hardly putting a "priority" on the position-- unless, of course, they didn't choose BPA or they deferred to lineman over equivalent DB/ Pass Rusher/RB types.
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@Nate Dunlevy I agree somewhat. I think I would have liked the Thornton pick better if we would have had a 2nd rounder. Not overly logical, but true. I think Thornton becomes a solid-to-good starting RG for 3.5 seasons, Holmes provides a good depth option and takes 10-15 starts over the life of this contract.
This draft will look GREAT if Hughes turns into a top 5 NT (his absolute ceiling) and/or if Boyett is a good successor to Bethea. Since its more likely that they are good rotational/depth options, the biggest problem with this draft is that the most likely path to its being a great draft is through Werner, and the odds right now point to a solid career for him, it appears as though the best this draft could do is "Solid". Which is ok, but not ideal.
Dollars to donuts this draft produces 2 starters and a couple rotational/depth/part-time starter players. That is a good draft.
I don't agree with that ranking... Vontae is probably a top thirty-two Cornerback if he's focused and doesn't have a giant douche for a head coach. Last year, I'll admit that he was pretty bad, but he's young and was good (again, not great) the year before that.
Having said that, a 2nd rounder? A 3rd rounder seems more reasonable, and a fourth rounder would have been more fair. I like the deal (in terms of the player) but not the cost (what will probably be a high second rounder)?
1 year, 3 months ago on Vontae Davis to the Colts | Articles
@Thecolthardtruth Well, it's circular. On one hand, yes, he should produce tons more content. on the other hand, why would you want to read it if he doesn't have a unique perspective? The solution: FIRE HIM. I really wish they would just hire John Osher. That dude can generate readable content in high volume, and now he's pretty familiar with two separate franchises (albiet on that is much different than when he covered it).
1 year, 6 months ago on The Silliness of Mainstream Media Perspectives Regarding Colts Offensive Questions | June
@Atti46 I don't think he's dumb. I just think that he's a writer of average competence without a unique perspective and distinctive disdain for his readers. The latter quality wore well on Howard Cosell, but not on him.
@coltsauth_todd I would think that Avery would make the roster well before Johnson. Also, I think Fenelus doesn't make it. Other than that, this seems like a reasonable list.
1 year, 6 months ago on First crack at 53 man roster and Practice Squad | Articles
@Kyle Rodriguez I know we have Justice (whom I am more than happy to have starting since his name isn't "Jeff Linkenbach", but I think Reitz would make a good RT. Of course, maybe I am giving him too much credit re: foot speed, but I still would love to see him at least tried there. Of course, just plugging him into LG is probably a better option.
@Nate Dunlevy @Ubeor There are only two ways an O-lineman can affect the game: A really terrible player can be a negative and a really good pulling guard is a major positive. Again, though, if a pulling guard is worth a high end pick for you, you probably need to rebuild because you waisted a first round pick on Tim Tebow.
1 year, 7 months ago on I Was Wrong | April
Wow.... I just spent some time watching Anderson.... A certifiable Tackle... really good feet, explodes off the snap... can slide and mirror even against much smaller and athletic players.... watched him against LSU and South Carolina (and some other tape) and he never seemed to get beat off the outside.... good punch and once he locks on, the player is done... both patient and constantly active... awareness not excellent but good enough... run blocking a weakness, and spends a lot of time on the ground because his hips are a little too stiff which keeps his pad level high... when he is beat, he is beat to the inside; largely because his momentum off the snap (with his size) made his recovery time back toward the middle a step slow.... Looked much more like a mid round pic to my eyes and fired off the line much faster than Glenn ever did.
1 year, 7 months ago on Post Draft Thoughts | Articles
Yes, though certainly not a top-flight corner. He's young and pretty solid when healthy. I would compare him to a younger Sheldon Brown in terms of quality.
1 year, 7 months ago on The secondary needs help | Articles
Just a question for you guys: would anyone be upset if we swung a deal for Mike Jenkins (assuming he is actually available)?
@AJ_ I agree, but unless Anderson is better than most seem to think (not outside the realm of possibility), I do wish we had spent one more pick on an o-lineman at least. Right now, the depth chart is McGlynn, Shipley/Kirkpatrick, Linkenbach, and Anderson (Note: Seth Olsen is not that good.... uh, well, not as good as those above). One of those getting in at a time is OK. Multiples of these guys at the same time will be wretch worthy. I would love if the colts took a flyer on Eric Steinbach.
Also: I know you really want Ijalana to be the starting RT, but that spot is Justice's through next season at least.
@rogcohen I am not sure; all I know is that I always feel like one expecting him to say something intelligent.
@Kyle Rodriguez Well, I understand your concerns a bit. However, I have made it a rule to never care about 7th round picks because the returns are essentially random. Having said that, I liked the Fugger pick after talking to a friend of mine. The Lavon Brazill pick was a good one. One of the picks I questioned-- and still do-- was the Ballard pick, but I see him as a solid third down back in that he's OK in pass pro and has good open field speed and hands. The other pick was Anderson, but like I said: If he makes the roster and sticks for three years and doesn't embarrass himself, then it will be a positive. So I would agree, it wasn't great, but its hard to know anyway.
@AJ_ @UKColt I watched tape of Ta'amu, and while I agree that he was probably over-rated by being the best of a bad lot, he's a big strong guy with good stamina. I think he needs development, and he makes a whole lot more sense for a team that can take the time to develop him than it does for us. He's better than you give him credit for.
@NateWalton "Griff Whalen" sounds more like an inappropriate action than a real name. So yes, I am rooting for him. "Its time for some Griff Whalen.... if you know what I mean."
@Coltsheadben Nope. You ARE the only person in the world who doesn't have a close emotional and intellectual connection to T.Y. Hilton.
On second thought: I more than like Galippo and see some potential as an outside LB in this scheme....
Nate, I would like to disagree: this team is at least a 10 win team because all of the players will be break out players and not I won't listen to "rational" reasons why this roster is still pretty terrible.
On a serious note, that was a proper reaction and a well written article. More writers should be willing to write pieces like this. I hope that you will be issuing another "I was wrong" when the colts actually do win ten games and make the playoffs! (Hey, I can dream... literally, just had a dream in which Joe Lefeged won defensive player of the year).
@UKColt Also, saying that CB's and pass rushers are premium positions probably points to why the colts didn't draft them: they didn't have the premium picks to spend on them. Net year, when the colts will be able to maneuver themselves into a couple more first and second rounders, look for them to load up on those very same positions.