Many people, including Herm Edwards and our own Brad Wells (and apparently the entirety of Radio City Music Hall), were baffled by the drafting of two tight ends in rounds 2 and 3 when corner is such a glaring need. I also scratched my head when I saw Dwayne Allen's name at the bottom of the screen. Further research, however, has led me to believe that one cannot blame new GM Ryan Grigson for the Allen selection. Grigson was going to draft Vanderbilt CB Casey Hayward with the 64th pick. The Packers took him at 62.
Before you ask for links and sources, rest assured you do not need them. Just put the puzzle pieces together, and you do not have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that Casey Hayward was Grigson's pick to play opposite Jerraud Powers this fall.
Puzzle Piece #1 -- Irsay said we had defensive players targeted in rounds 3 and 4 that were taken off the board before our pick (according to a tweet by Phil B. Wilson).
Puzzle Piece #2 -- Pagano spoke highly of a corner they thought they had and felt really good about, then he got pulled off the board two picks prior to our pick (watch the Grigson/Pagano post-draft presser).
Puzzle Piece #3 -- Grigson said you have to pick starting corners high, and they felt they had one, and even tried to trade up to get him. Then he got drafted, so he (Grigson) just took the highest rated player on his board. He also, in other comments, talked about his need to get over disappointment quickly. He was mad about missing out.
Puzzle Piece #4 (the big one) -- If you look at the list of picks, you will see Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt, drafted in the number 62 slot. Our pick was number 64. That would be "a couple" of picks before our own.
So, you cannot blame Grigson. He wanted Casey Hayward to start at corner for the Colts in 2012.
You also cannot say "Then why not take Trumaine Johnson, who was picked at 65?"
The answer to this question lies in the difference between Hayward and Johnson. Hayward is listed in draft magazines as a "smart, high character guy." You know who else is a smart, high character guy? Every other player Grigson drafted in a three day span (okay, Allen had an attitude question mark because he almost transferred once, but EVERY OTHER GUY had smart and character in the scouting report).
You know who didn't have smart and character in the bio? Trumaine Johnson. Instead, he had phrases like "not a leader," "not a locker room guy," and "enjoys being big fish in small pond" as part of the report.
In conclusion, Casey Hayward was a player Grigson and Pagano loved, both on and off the field, and he was drafted two picks prior to pick 64. They did not feel good about the next best corner, and they were not going to take one unless they felt he could win the starting job. I do not blame Grigson, who tried to get us a starting corner. I am happy with the consolation prize of the guy Charley Casserly called "the most complete TE in the draft."