I am sticking to my guns that Peyton returns and we trade the #1 overall choice to Cleveland. In return, we get their two first rounders, their 2nd rounder this year and QB Colt McCoy. Colt becomes an instant upgrade over Painter, but isn't necessarily the heir apparent to Peyton (although he could possibly develop into that). Besides, with a name like Colt, it's just good Karma that he IS a Colt.
Okay, my picks (note: I have referred to Draft Scout and Walter Football to make my choices):
1(7) OT Riley Reiff Iowa 6-6 300 4.94 A left tackle, allows Castonzo to move to the right side (Ijalana to RG)
1(21) CB Chase Minnifield Virginia 6-0 185 4.49 Immediate starter and huge upgrade
2(33) SS Mark Barron Alabama 6-2 218 4.56 Immediate starter at strong safety, helps Bethea a lot in run support
2(39) OG Kevin Zeitler Wisconsin 6-4 312 5.21Competition or upgrade at LG for Reitz
3(65 NT Josh Chapman Alabama 6-1 310 5.21 An upgrade over Mookie Johnson
4(97) QB Nick Foles Arizona 6-5 235 5.01 Never hurts to have a quality QB as third teamer to develop
5(129?) RB Vic Ballard Miss. St 5-11 215 4.60 Another tough hard-assed running back
6(161?) CB Tashaun Gipson Wyoming 6-0 195 4.49 A sleeper who is one tough cookie and very athletic, good value
6(comp) Center Grant Garner Okla. St. 6-3 292 5.19 A Jeff Saturday clone and competition for Pollak
7 Kicker- Caleb Sturgis Florida 6-3 198 Big leg. Insurance in case Adam V decides to hang 'em up.
My focus was on the secondary and offensive line, while looking for size and toughness (aka. durability). Peyton automatically upgrades the offense, but I would make sure to provide him with an outstanding group in front of him. I look forward to your comments and input. Fire away fellow Colts Fans !!
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