5 days folks, only 5 days away from watching the brilliance that is Mr. Ryan Grigson make the team better and build through the draft. This draft might just be more excited than the previous one. In 2012, us Colts fans knew that Stanford QB Andrew Luck would go to us as the 1st Overall selection. I, myself even guessed correctly that Stanford TE Coby Fleener would fall to us in the 2nd Round. But now we have no idea how the draft will play out this year. There will be so many talented players to chose from at pick #24. We are looking forward for a new WR, DE, OLB, or even a CB. But only Grigson knows what he will do on that faithful day so right now all we have is speculation.
This is BlueHorseShoe’s official 2013 NFL Draft for the Indianapolis Colts.
1st Round (24th Overall)
Keenan Allen, WR
University of California
If Allen is there on the board at selection #24, we have to take him. Reggie Wayne is 34 going on 35, he will not get any younger. But his leadership skills and veteran presence will do great wonders for a WR like Allen. I think it will be ideal for us to take a WR with lots of potential and upside who can grow and mature with Andrew Luck. I’m hoping that Allen and Luck will be the next QB-WR tandem similar to how Marvin Harrison and Peyton Manning was, having grown together so much over the span of their career as Colts.
3rd Round (86th Overall)
Chase Thomas, OLB
Jerry Hughes is in his final contract year and I really don’t see him being retained by the Colts next off-season despite playing somewhat decent in 2012. Robert Mathis is on the wrong side of 30 and has been slowly trying to keep up in the new scheme. Thomas would be the guy who can possibly serve as the team’s pass rushing OLB. You can never have enough pass rushers at the OLB spot and I have enough faith that Chase Thomas won’t disappoint us.
4th Round (121st Overall)
Terry Hawthorne, CB
University of Illinois
Over the past few seasons, the Colts have taught us that having a plethora of healthy and solid CBs is a must, I think our CB corps of Vontae Davis, Greg Toler, and Darius Butler are set as CB1, CB2, and Nickel, respectively. But it would be nice to have a decent Dimeback who has the size, speed, and physical attributes of a starting NFL CB. I really would hate to see Cassius Vaughn as a starting CB, so hopefully a guy like Hawthorne can come in and shine. He seems like a guy who has "Pagano CB" written all over him.
6th Round (192nd Overall)
Michael Hill, RB
Missouri Western State University
Donald Brown is on his "make it or break it" year on his contract, but let’s be fair; Donald Brown never had a solid Offensive Line to run behind, when he was drafted back in 2009, the O-line was already in decline. Joseph Addai had a productive rookie and sophomore year but he too got caught in the O-Line slump that began in 2008. I was quite impressed by Vick Ballard as a rookie and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him as the starting RB. Delone Carter is our bruising and hard nosed runner. Michael Hill will come in as Brown’s official replacement as the speedy "home-run hitter" in the backfield.
7th Round (230th Overall)
Rontez Miles, FS/SS
California University of Pennsylvania
Antoine Bethea and LaRon Landry might make one hell of a Safety tandem in Pagano’s defensive scheme but what bothers me is the subpar talent at depth behind them. Lefeged is a very solid ST player but I wouldn’t trust him as a full starter if needed. Sergio Brown is very awful in coverage and has a terrible tackling form. I think a small school hard hitter like Miles would flourish in an aggressive scheme under Pagano and add decent depth at the same time.
7th Round (254th Overall)*
Joe Madsen, Center
West Virginia University
I was not too happy about Samson Satele’s play in 2012, he clearly got outplayed by A.Q. Shipley. I think Shipley needs to be starting with a guy like Madsen backing him up and learning the ropes. We can easily cut Satele to save money cause he’s a bit pricey to be riding the bench.
* = Indicates Compensatory draft selection