Draft review: Indianapolis Colts


After analyzing the draft needs of all 32 teams, PFT will review how well each team addressed those needs. Up next: The Indianapolis Colts.

What they needed: Guard, running back, cornerback, outside linebacker, wide receiver.

Who they got:
Round 1: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

Round 3: Hugh Thornton, OG, Illinois

Round 4: Khaled Holmes, C, Southern California

Round 5: Montori Hughes, DT, Tennessee-Martin

Round 6: John Boyett, SS, Oregon

Round 7: Kerwynn Williams, RB, Utah State

Round 7: Justice Cunningham, TE, South Carolina

Where they hit: Werner seems to fit in with the blue-collar style coach Chuck Pagano’s trying to instill there. He’s a worker, has plenty of upside and could turn into an above-average starter. And using their second-rounder to acquire cornerback Vontae Davis is probably better than anyone they’d have picked there in this draft. They added up some offensive line depth, which they needed.

Where they missed: Their draft was kind of like their offseason as a whole. They sure did a lot of things, but it’s hard to see immediate upgrades in too many spots. Other than Werner, it’s hard to see an immediate impact from any of their picks. They added some size up front, but not of the variety that’s going to make a huge difference this year, anyway.

Impact rookies: Boyett was a dynamic safety when he was well in college, but that wasn’t often. And didn’t they do the good-but-always-hurt safety thing already? Hughes has size and athletic ability, but there’s a reason he was a fifth-rounder after being dismissed from Tennessee.

Long-term prospects: The best they can hope for from this bunch is solid. And solid might be OK for now. Andrew Luck is going to keep them competitive for a generation, and it’s filling in the blanks from there. They were aggressive in free agency, filling in a lot of lines on the depth chart. That allowed them to draft a few projects and developmental guys. They spent a lot of money this offseason, but the areas where they’re markedly better are unclear.

14 responses to “Draft review: Indianapolis Colts

  1. You can’t see where they’re markedly better? That’s just insane. The prices may have been high, but they improved with nearly every signing.

  2. absolutely terrible summary. How many “impact rookies” are you expected to draft? We got Bjoern Werner, who will start soon at ROLB. We got Hugh Thornton, who still start at RG, and has great potential (watch some tape). The rest of the players will provide great depth at positions the colts desperately need it (Safety, OL, DT). Kerwynn runs a 4.36 40 and could be another TY Hilton. Boyett is a stud, but had a big injury he needs to recover from. This was a fantastic draft.

  3. It’s not always the right thing to draft for need. These coaches and players get paid a lot of money and put in a lot of hard work to get better at their positions. I thought Pagano showed last season that he has the right program in place to make his team better.

  4. The author states that the Colts have not significantly improved this offseason, which is an erroneous claim. It’s understandable that people are skeptical about the rest of the offseason moves given the exorbitant amount of money that they paid to Erik Walden, but the team as a whole is dramatically improved.

    Any Colts fan who had to grimace through 17 games of Justice, Sowell, Olsen and (worst of all) McGlynn will appreciate the upgrade of Thomas, Cherilus, Thornton and Holmes. While none of the new linemen are All-Pro quality, they are markedly better than who was starting last year.

    The same can be said about the defensive line with the additions of Franklin, Hughes and RJF, who are much more suited for Pagano’s defense than the ridiculously out-of-place Moala, Johnson and Nevis.Finally, Toler and Landry are certain upgrades over the inept Zbikowski and extremely limited talents such as Cassius Vaughn and Josh Gordy.

    So, in summation, besides Landry, Werner and perhaps Thornton the Colts did not add All-Pro caliber talent. They just made a clearly deficient roster much more competitive without mortgaging their ability to resign key players (Luck, Vontae Davis, Dwayne Allen, TY Hilton) in the future.

  5. this summary noted that they traded a draft pick for vontae davis and yet they failed to acknowledge him in the final analysis but he wasn’t way off either you just didn’t have marquee picks except werner but in time you will be better

  6. I agree. This is a terrible summary. The author likely did little to no research on any of the picks or bothered to look at the Colt’s current roster and needs to see how they fit in. It’s not hard to argue that there’s 2-3 starters from this draft for a team that went to the playoffs last year (and that’s not even counting Vontae Davis).

    I’d venture to say that when PFT was hiring, they failed to make an impact pick with the selection of Mr. Darin Gantt. Seemed to be more of a depth selection, but certainly not an immediate upgrade at any position.

  7. The COLTS could have skipped this years draft and still would be the best team in the NFL. That is a fact because I said it! So, every one of these players the colts picked up in the draft will just add onto their awesomeness. Can’t wait to see them in Jersey in 2014 beating the 49’ers or seahawks asses.

  8. great draft, they filled a lot of holes…how a person who writes about football for a living cant see that is beyond me!!

  9. Most of the Colts Draft Grades I’ve seen give them a C+ and do give any good reasons why. They never factor in the T.Y. Hilton trade or the Vontae Davis trade even though it affected this years draft class.

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