Now that the world's worst kept secret is out of the bag on who would be the Colts 1st round pick, attention now turns to new GM Ryan Grigson. What direction will he go in? I think its safe to say that drafting Luck won't go as a feather in his hat for a job well done. Grigs really earns his paycheck and will be judged by what he does in rounds 2-6 (7 is really irrelevant). In reading the blogs around SB as well as ESPN and NFL Network, a lot of Colts fans believe the team should take TE Coby Fleener or WR Stephen Hill in an effort to surround the young QB with weapons. This approach is the same approach we've seen with Manning at the beginning of his career. I think the team should actually take a different approach and go defense. Even though this is a pass happy league we are witnessing, I think the saying still holds true of: "defense wins championships." I have had this conversation with Colts fans before and posed this argument: "As good as Manning is, how much better do you think he'd be if he was starting with the Ravens"
If Trent Dilfer can win a SB with a great defense like the Ravens, imagine what the Ravens could do if they had Manning as their QB. Manning is the type of QB who elevates the game of those around him. I believe Luck has the same pedigree and will do the same with what Wrs he already has. If we all paid any attention to last year's sexy picks by NFL analysts as well as most of the major sports networks, most of them picked the Packers as well as the Saints as the favorites due to the offensive fireworks that both teams were capable of putting up. Neither team made it to the SB and were both eliminated by teams that had strong defenses. If Andrew Luck is going to have any chance of filling the enormous shoes left by Manning, he will need a defense and a strong running game in place FIRST in order to succeed at the next level. I believe the Colts will go defense next round and beyond, then perhaps pickup a WR or two in rounds 4 and 5.
With the transition taking place of switching to a hybrid 3-4, the premium has to be on LBs. We will need a lot of them. We will need some who are better and bigger than the ones we have now. We will also need DBs. I would be shocked if we don't go in this direction. I know this would be to the dismay of all the Coby Fleener fans out there, but really we have already seen what a team that boasts a good offense with a bend but don't break defense will do for you: "break you slowly." Anybody remember the snowy field at Foxburrough? I know you remember the beat downs we received by the hands of the Brady led Patriots. Lets be honest here. We won't be hosting any playoff games in the near future with the current roster. Offense wins in the regular season. "Defense wins championships."