I love how Mocking the Draft is breaking down the draft grades. Head writer Mocking Dan is looking at the perception of the picks from media and fans, and then how that perception stacks up with the likely reality.
Here's how he broke down the Colts draft and the grades the team got post-draft:
- Sporting News - C+
- Mel Kiper - C
- CBS Sports - B-
Perception: After the selection defensive end, the Colts' draft was a curious one. Pat Angerer was selected too early, the pick of Jacques McClendon came out of left field and Brody Eldridge is a tight end/offensive lineman tweener.
Reality: What the Colts added was toughness. McClendon is regarded as a mauler inside, Angerer plays with loads of heart and Elridge was arguably the best blocking tight end in the draft – he played center at times for Oklahoma. Late-round pick Kavell Conner could also be a contributor down the road. He's fundamentally sound and a good tackler.