With the probowl ballets in, I'm sure it came as a surprise to many Colts fans that Griffin made it in while star QB Andrew Luck did not. I've never been a fan of the Probowl because in truth, it's more of a "popularity contest" than it is on overall talent. In regard to this year's choice's particularly at QB with the ongoing debate between RG3 and Luck, the critics got this one right. Probowl selections should be based off of stats/on field play rather than the flash of popularity. Andrew Luck didn't make the probowl because his numbers weren't good enough for him to be chosen over the likes of Brady, Shaub, or Manning. Yet the popularity factor (or lack there of) that goes into selections showed up again with the snub of Seattle CB Richard Sherman. If Sherman played for any other high profile team like the Dallas Cowboys or the NE Patriots he would have been a shoe in. Since the Seahawks don't play in a large market, many of the gems they have on both sides of the ball go unnoticed by the media heads. Alas, fear not Indy fans. Luck will be a fixture in the Probowl for years to come. Maybe even as early as next season.
2013 should be a year that die hard Horse shoe heads can be really excited about. With 38 million dollars to play with, GM Ryan Grigson and his staff should be able to bring in plugs for all the holes the team has on both sides of the ball. 1st priority should be solidifying the offensive line. Can you imagine how scary Luck and this offense will be with him actually having the time he needs to find his targets? I mean the kid only broke the single season passing record by a rookie with a line that couldn't give him half a second to throw on most downs.
The second priority is D line. A healthy Josh Chapman along with a solid veteran would do wonders for this defense. Drafting Alabama NT Josh Williams is also a possibility. I watched tape on this guy and literally every play wherever he was lined up who ever had the assignment of blocking him was pushed back. I saw no plays where his man was moving forward: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBbTLxLiicA It's a forgone conclusion that Freeney will be gone as soon as the offseason starts. Destination? I think he ends up with the Vikings. Him and Jarred Allen would be a nasty combo and the Vikings play a 4-3. Wouldn't be surprised if Vick ends up there as well. Again, the Colts can address this need in both the draft as well as free agency. Osi Umenyiora of the Giants would be a great acquisition and veteran presence there.
3rd priority is LB. Jerrell Freeman (nicknamed "Free") is a stud. He needs to be paired with a LB who has more athletic ability than current partner in crime Pat Angerer. The Colts need someone bigger and faster. Antwan Barnes of the Chargers would be a good fit. He's a former Raven and knows coach Pagano's system so the turnaround time in terms of production should be immediate.
Outlook- With money to spend for once, Indy will be an attractive new home for players who want to go to a viable contender, and get a top dollar pay check to go along with it. That said, the Colts will be a full grown "monster" next season and a SB contender in Luck's second year.