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The Colts five most important early-season developments . . .

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One of my favorite parts? 4) The drafting of Colts President Bill Polian. There were those in the blogosophere who questioned Polian's recent draft history just before the season. The reason? The preseason releases of DE Marcus Howard, OG Steve Justice and DT Terrance Taylor, all of whom were selected in the last two drafts and none of whom are on the team. The Colts also recently released TE Tom Santi, a sixth-round selection in the 2008 draft, moved 2008 third-round selection/LB Philip Wheeler into a backup role and just this past week, 2008 second-round selection Mike Pollak began sharing time at right guard with Kyle DeVan. So, what does that say? It says maybe Polian wasn't kidding before the 2008 draft when he said it was one of the weaker in recent memory. And before you criticize Polian, where would the Colts be this season without Garcon (a 2008 sixth-round selection), Brown (a 2009 first-round selection), 2009 seventh-round selection/P Pat McAfee), 2009 fourth-round selection/WR Austin Collie and 2009 third-round selection/CB Jerraud Powers?

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