ST. PETERSBURG, FL - DECEMBER 20: Wide receiver T. Y. Hilton #4 of the Florida International University Panthers rushes upfield after a pass reception in the second quarter against the Marshall Thundering Herd December 20, 2011 in the Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
2012 NFL Draft- Indianapolis Colts Draft Pick Selections
Position: Wide Receiver
College: Florida International
*Colts traded with the 49ers to move up to 92
SB Nation College Page: Florida International
T.Y. Hilton has been a popular sleeper pick at wide receiver, and for good reason. He has game-breaking speed and the ability to make people miss in open space. He will likely be returning kicks in the NFL next season, but he has to protect the football better if he is going to stick in that role. Hilton reminds me a bit of, but he isn't quite as strong.
Stampede Blue's Initial Take On The Pick:
The third round has been a bad one for G.M. Ryan Grigson. He took TE Dwayne Allen at No. 64 after already selecting Coby Fleener at No. 34. Then, Grigson swung a trade with the 49ers, handing over Indy's 97th pick and a 5th rounder to move up to 92 and take Hilton, a player he probably didn't need to move up to get. Hilton is fast (4.34 40-yard time), explosive, and has kick return ability. He also has fumble problems and is only 5'10. He projects as a slot receiver, which is what Austin Collie is. Like the Allen pick, this one is a head-scratcher. So many needs on a truly terrible defense, and Grigson takes four offensive players in a row. Yes, wide receiver was a need, but no where near as vital as corner, nose tackle, or safety.
Draft needs remaining:
Quarterback, Nose Tackle, Cornerback, Wide Receiver, Tight End