Who wants to wait all the way until April to use those draft picks burning a hole in your pocket? Why not* snag some proven players right now and don't even worry about all those college kids? This is a RFA only Colts draft.
1st round LT Jared Gaither 6'9" 340lbs, Baltimore
A massive LT Gaither was a possible 1st round pick in the 2008 or 2009 draft, but after he was declared academically ineligible for the 2007 season he entered the supplemental draft where the Ravens spent a 5th round pick. He started two games his rookie year before taking over for Jonathan Ogden at LT. Gaither was great as a rookie, but his play slipped a bit last year as he struggled with a neck injury that cost him 5 games. Back healthy Gaither would be a massive upgrade to the Colts line.
Other notable 1st round tenders: Brandon Marshall, Elvis Dumerville (1st and 3rd), Owen Daniels (1st and 3rd), DeMeco Ryans (1st and 3rd), Ray Edwards, Jamal Brown (1st and 3rd), VIncent Jackson (1st and 3rd), Marcus McNeil (1st and 3rd), Bo Scaife,
2nd round RS/RB Leon Washington 5'8" 210lbs, NY Jets
While RB is a well stacked position on the Colts roster, the return game is terrible. Washington had 4 return TDs, 11 kickoff returns over 40 yards and 7 punt returns over 20 yards in his two full seasons as the Jets return man. At RB he's an explosive runner and His leg injury was gruesome, but he's ahead of schedule and expected to be ready to go before the season starts.
Other notable 2nd round tenders: Tony Scheffler, Anthony Fasano, Thomas Howard, Daniel Manning, Matt Roth, Jermon Bushrod, Pierre Thomas, Alex Barron,
3rd round LB Kirk Morrison 6'2" 240lbs Raiders
One of the tenders getting the most attention is Morrison's for being surprisingly low. Morrison has started the last 5 years at linebacker in Oakland, missing just a single game and totaling up nearly 500 tackles, 7 INTs and 6 FF.
Other Notable 3rd round tenders: Clint Ingram, Anthony Hargrove, Matt Spaeth
4th round G Rob Simms 6'3" 312lbs Seahawks
Simms started 3 games for Seattle his rookie seasons, all 16 games in 2007, entered 2008 as the starter but landed on IR with a torn pectoral after one game. Last year he started all 14 games he played in. Field Gulls is quite concerned with the low tender level for a player they believe is an above average starter.
5th round LB Omar Gaither 6'1" 235lbs Eagles
Gaither has started at middle and weakside for the Eagles. He's a very good cover guy, playing as a 3rd down LB when he wasn't in the starting lineup last year. Gaither would be a valuable spare part, strong enough to play the middle, with some pass rushing skills, but also a good cover guy.
7th round WR/RS/STer Ben Obamanu 6'0" 206lbs Seahawks
Slim pickings in the 7th round of the RFA draft, like the real one. Obamanu had 10 ST tackles last year and averaged 26.6 yards per kickoff return. A nice guy to have in the 5th WR spot, where he can contribute even if he never sees the field on offense.
No compensation S Oshiomogho Atogwe 5'11" 205lbs Rams
The Rams franchise player last year, they declined to pay him a raise from it to get draft pick compensation for him. Atogwe started 60 consecutive games before missing the last 4 games of last year with a shoulder injury. In his 4 years as a starter Atogwe picked off 18 passes, forced 14 fumbles, defensed 29 passes and totalled 264 tackles.
*Why not? Because this would be the most expensive draft class by an order of magnitude. RFAs mix the uncertainty of players changing schemes and supporting casts with the mega-contracts of free agency.