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The 2006 Draft: Recap of Colts Picks in Rounds 2 and 3

So, in the first round the Colts addressed a need at runningback, both for now and for the future. In rounds two and three, the Colts addressed other needs, specifically the defensive backfield and special teams.

Round two, pick #62: Tim Jennings, CB Georgia
Round three, pick #94: Freddie Keiaho, LB San Diego State

For some reason, these two guys were considered "reaches" by many of the draft day pundits. I guess these experts thought the Colts should have taken someone like OT Eric Winston or Charles Spencer in round two, instead of "reaching" for Jennings, a 5'8'' corner with speed, playmaking skills, and the toughness of a wild boar.

Again, when draft pundits rate players and your team doesn't draft according to their ratings, your team "reached" on players and had a "bad draft." Whatever.

Jennings is a small corner with blazing speed and outstanding tackling ability. He can jump to the moon, and has excellent hands. If an interception hit his hands, it's staying there. His biggest knock is that he's small at 5'8''. For the record, CB Ronde Barber of the Tampa Bay Bucs is 5'8'', and he's pretty good. Meanwhile, CB Mike Rumph (a former first round pick) in San Francisco is 6'2'', and he sucks.

To quote the greatest master of all time: Size matters not.

Linebacker Freddie Keiaho is also considered small. At 5'11'', he's not the ideal size many draft gurus look for. Many of these people thought Lavar Arrington was a stud in the 2001. They thought the 6'3'' 255 lbs Penn State backer would dominate with his combination of speed and size. Years later, we now see Arrington stinks and that his NFL worth is a lot less than what the Giants are paying him this year. Meanwhile, a "small" linebacker named Cato June (5'11'') is considered one of the best linebackers in the league.

When people use size to knock a player, it's a dead giveaway that they don't know what they're talking about.

Keiaho is a tough-as-nails inside backer that has Tony Dungy comparing him to David Thornton. He fills holes fast and has exceptional sideline-to-sideline speed. He'll play special teams this season, and if he competes strong in camps he may challenge Gilbert Gardner at OLB.