I am a Colts fan don't get me wrong, but hasn't the colts defense been quite lack-there-of? We've had sub-par rush defense for nearly 4 years now. But what's been done about it?
I'll start off by saying that our DTs and OLBs are by far the smallest in the league for goin on the second year in a row. What have we done to fix this? Nothing. In last years draft we wasted our picks. (apologies to the picks) All of our picks, with the exception of our 2nd were all in our strongest positions... 3 Centers, 2 TE, a WR, a DE, and a RB. The only reasonable pick, in my opinion, was the second pick at LB. For their first pick this year there is talks of picking up a first round QB... Everyone knows that all the elite QBs will be in next years draft. Not to mention that we still have a healthy Peyton Manning for hopefully another 4 good years.
Management should aim for these players in this order: (again this is my opinion)
- Aaron Curry, ILB, Wake Forest
- Brian Orakpo, DE/OLB, Texas
- B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College
- Clay Matthews, OLB, USC
- Rey Maualuga, ILB, USC
- Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss
- Brian Cushing, OLB, USC
- Evander Hood, DT, Missouri
- James Laurinaitis, ILB, Ohio State
- Ron Brace, NT, Boston College
I realize these players are the elite player in the 2009 draft but not all of which will be gone by the 27th pick. I say pick in this order because the players on my list will probably be taken up to the No. 5 spot. I hope management is focusing primarily on the draft because they are doing a horrible job at filling in holes on the roster. The Colts release WR Marvin Harrison to "open up salary cap space." Well, What are you using it on? You haven't picked up a player on the free agency in two years, And you kept letting our decent players go; David Thornton, Mike Peterson, Marcus Washington, Cato June, the list goes on. It seems like when there is a solid defense present they get the boot the next year. Granted Peterson and Washington were many years ago.
I guess my point of all of this is Management. If there isn't a total defensive draft by the Colts I will question the Colts' Management's capacity to put together another super bowl caliber team.
"Offense Wins Games, Defense Wins Championships."
-Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant Jr.
- Michael Smith