BBS' take on Colts selecting Kevin Thomas in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft

As awesome as the first day of the 2010 NFL Draft was for the Colts, the second day was a train wreck. Coming into today, the Colts were very much in need of help on their now rather unimposing offensive line. In both the second and third rounds, Bill Polian passed on prospects like Charles Brown, Bruce Campbell, and Kyle Calloway. Instead of scooping up Campbell or Calloway in Round Three, Polian took Kevin Thomas, a DB out of Southern Cal.

Where do I begin? How can I accurately convey the total f&$k up Bill Polian made with this pick?

Forget about grabbing an o-lineman here for a second. Passing on Corey Wootton? On Akwasi Owusu-Ansah? For this guy? Come on! Are you kidding me? Look, I'm not questioning Bill Polian's competence on the NFL Draft, but his record with screwing up third round picks is pretty well known. There's a reason we call it the "Third Round Curse."

Regarding Thomas, he was so under-the-radar that we didn't even do a draft profile for him. Hell, Mocking the Draft doesn't even have a report on him. And this guy is a Third Rounder? Ahead of so many other defensive backs, to say nothing of the GLARING need at left tackle? Reach pick, utterly and completely.

Some places had Thomas ranked as a late-round, free agent pick. NFL Draft Countdown, which ranked Thomas as a mid-round pick, had this to say about Thomas:

Health / Durability is a major concern --- Tackling ability leaves much to be desired --- Is not real explosive and lacks a burst --- Struggles to recover when beat --- Is not overly powerful --- Doesn't have great hands --- Plays Tall --- Marginal  Production --- Relatively Inexperienced.

So, let's recap this a little bit, our new third round defensive back:

  • Can't tackle
  • Can't run
  • Can't catch
  • Plays too tall
  • Lacks speed
  • And, gets hurt a lot

This guy is a 6'0 Tim Jennings... who gets hurt a lot.

With The Pat Angerer pick, at least I could understand the "fit." Angerer was a reach at pick #63, but I didn't see red flags regarding durability with him. This was an absolutely AWFUL pick by Bill Polian, who will likely take the stage at the West 56th Street facility later today and drone on and on about how the Colts don't listen to outside voices, stick to their own board, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

OK, the Colts "own voices" have told them that Tim Jennings, Tony Ugoh, Mike Pollak, and Fili Moala were great second round picks the last four years. In the third round the last four years, their own voices told them Freddy Keiaho, Quinn Pitcock, Dante Hughes, and Philip Wheeler were the best. No offense, but the voices Bill Polian listens to might just STINK at figuring out who to draft in the second and third rounds.

I hope some among you can convince me this was a good pick. I really do. This was a disastrous day for the Colts in the draft. Still no left tackle. Still no real depth at corner. The Colts have a lot of make-up work to do tomorrow in Rounds 4-7.

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