Indianapolis Colts: Projecting the Impact Of Each Draft Pick

Michael Hickey

The Colts addressed several holes on their roster through the draft, but how much of an impact will each pick make?

The Indianapolis Colts certainly didn't have the most appealing draft, taking several offensive and defensive linemen.

What they did do, however, was bring in players at positions that the team was weak at.

Now, the 2013 season will likely see plenty of new faces on both sides of the ball from both free agency and the draft. Seven players drafted will be looking to get on the field this season, so let's project their potential impact for 2013.

Bjoern Werner

The big question surrounding Werner is whether or not he will start over Erik Walden to play opposite Robert Mathis. However, with the rather large contract given to Walden (4 years, $16 million), it wouldn't be surprising to see him start over Werner.

With that being said, there is a lot to like about Werner. He is highly regarded for being an impressive pass rusher, but on film you can see that he is developing into a solid player against the run. He tends to stand straight up at times and needs to prove that he can be consistently aggressive throughout games, but overall he is a very impressive player.

Walden will likely start ahead of Werner for now, but look for Werner to come in on obvious pass plays and get some sacks in 2013. Don't expect him to be Dwight Freeney 2.0 just yet, but with enough time he could develop into that role.

Hugh Thornton

The offensive line wasn't pretty last season, particularly in the interior of the line. The play of Mike McGlynn was particularly disappointing. The Colts were able to bring in Donald Thomas in free agency, but who will play opposite of him?

After a season like 2012, new faces on the line will be welcome. Thornton is an aggressive lineman that loves to drive defenders into the ground. When he is engaged, chances are that he will be on the defender for the entire play. Balance may be an issue at the next level.

After last season, Thornton will likely be starting on the line. There's a lot to like about the offensive guard out of Illinois, and he should hopefully be a consistent lineman for the Colts.

Khaled Holmes

Now that A.Q. Shipley is gone, the Colts will either be going with Holmes or Samson Satele to start at center.

Holmes was a bit of a reach in the fourth round, but the pick makes a bit more sense now that Shipley is gone. Holmes is an intelligent lineman that is intense on the field. Despite being 6'3'' and 302 pounds, he is actually quite quick. Unfortunately, that height makes it hard for him to get low and gain leverage against defenders.

The smart move would be to start Satele. Holmes has upside, but he needs a year to get healthy and get acclimated to the pro level. He would do a solid job as a backup at both the center and guard positions.

Montori Hughes

The Colts brought in a few names on the defensive line this offseason including Aubrayo Franklin and Ricky Jean-Francois. Now that Josh Chapman finally appears to be healthy, there will be plenty of competition in the trenches.

Yet another guy that will be competing for a spot will be Hughes. He is a big boy with NFL-ready size and strength. However, his work ethic has been called into question along with his ability to stay on the field.

There are a number of guys that will be working for a spot on the defensive line. Hughes has a chance to get in on a number of snaps, and could likely make a play or two every games.

John Boyett

There's little debate as to who will start at safety for the Colts this year. Both Antoine Bethea and LaRon Landry are going to be starting barring an injury to either.

Even if that's the case, Boyett will be a nice player to provide some depth at the position. He's quite small at 5'10'' but he shows great football IQ and athleticism on the field. His senior year ended early due to surgery to repair both knees.

Boyett will be backing up both of the starters at safety, but he could see some time on the field. If Landry's injury concerns come to life yet again, then Boyett could come in and hold his own.

Kerwynn Williams

The running back position is pretty set with Vick Ballard and Donald Brown, but that's not where Williams will likely make an impact.

Williams is a fast player, running a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. His size isn't ideal to play in the backfield at 5'8'' and 195 pounds, but he can certainly make plays in an open field.

The Colts aren't known for making explosive plays on special teams, but Williams could change that. He could make big plays as a kick returner thanks to his speed, and that's where he could thrive with the Colts.

Justice Cunningham

Even with Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen on the team, Cunningham has a shot at making the roster for the regular season.

Although he won't be an impact player going out for passes, Cunningham is an impressive blocker. He isn't an impressive athlete, but he can make big plays as a blocker.

Cunningham could get on the field on short yardage plays or plays at the goal line. Other than that, it's unlikely he will do much else.

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