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The Need for Both a Receiving TE and a Blocking TE

To paraphrase John Oehser, tight end is a hidden need for the Colts as the team beings its campaign to return to the Super Bowl. One the surface, the Colts are set as Dallas Clark, a player who could eventually be inducted into the Hall of Fame, holds the starting position. This is what many casual mockers see and many don’t even have the Colts taking a TE in the entire draft.

 

However, many of us know better. We see the storm clouds on the horizon. Dallas Clark is entering his 8th season and tight ends have a major drop-off rate as the head toward the end of their careers. Tom Santi, Dallas’s back-up, has shown flashes of being at least a serviceable hybrid-style tight end, but has had difficulty staying healthy. Gjion Robinson has been a less than stellar blocking TE/H-Back roll and Jacob Tamme appears to be unable to push Robinson from the spot. TE depth is a huge issue facing the Colts moving forward.

 

I see the Colts getting two new TE’s during this draft. I see a hybrid-style successor to Dallas Clark in the third or fourth and an in-line blocker in either the 7th or undrafted (ordinarily I would say the 6th, but there is no 6th rounder this year). Personally, I think the hybrid-style will be Dennis Pitta. He’ll have a year or two to improve on his blocking and, more importantly, he has Dallas-like speed with excellent hands. I also think Austin Collie’s recommendation will carry weight with the front office. Polian signed Lacey after last year’s draft partly because of Bullitt’s recommendation. As for an in-line blocker, I like Garrett Graham out of Wisconsin. Sure handed to run the underneath routes with excellent experience blocking ends and linebackers.

 

While we have all been talking about needing a new in-line blocking TE, there has been little discussion about a receiving hybrid TE. I fully expect that position to be the annual "Why in the world did Polian make that pick?" Feel free to discuss below

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors.

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