With their fifth and final pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts selected offensive tackle Ulrick John out of Georgia State. If you've never heard of him before, that's ok - I hadn't either.
Want to know just how obscure this pick was? NFL Network got his name wrong - they said "John Ulrick." NFL.com doesn't have any information about him - not even his height, weight, etc. I've never watched any film on him, nor heard of him, so I'm trying to piece together some info on him right now as we speak.
According to the Georgia State football website, Ulrick John is a 6-8, 290 pound tackle who was All-Conference in the Sun Belt last year. He started at left tackle in 21 games over the past two seasons, and the year before that he started at three different spots along the offensive line (left tackle, center, and left guard). Ryan Grigson mentioned how much he likes versatility in linemen when talking last night about second round pick Jack Mewhort, so it makes sense that Grigson liked this guy because of his versatility.
John Ulrick, OL, Georgia State
Ulrick (6-foot-5 7/8, 294 pounds) is an athletic lineman with long arms. He ran a hand-timed 5.02-second 40. He's visited with the Seahawks and Dolphins and could be brought in as a practice-squad player to develop.
Again, I don't know much about this guy at all. But I have two main objections to it without knowing much about how he plays: one, why did the Colts take a tackle, and two, was he the best value at this pick? I don't think the Colts need a tackle at all, except for perhaps to replace Gosder Cherilus once his contract gets pretty high. But is John the one that is going to do that? I'd guess not. Additionally, I think there were several guys better than him who were at a more crucial position of need, such as corner, safety, etc. I don't think this was the best value at the pick and I think that the Colts could have gotten Ulrick John as an undrafted free agent later tonight. And, as Brandt wrote, he might be a developmental practice squad player - and I think he'll have to compete to just earn a spot on the practice squad.
I'll certainly go see if I can find any film on Ulrick John (it might be a difficult challenge), but I have questions about this pick - mainly why they took a tackle and why they took John over some of the other players that were there. In my opinion it has been an up and down draft so far for Ryan Grigson, and I'd consider this more on the down side of that spectrum.
Colts Draft Picks:
Round 7 (Pick 232): Ulrick John, OT, Georgia State
In the next day or so, I'll post my grades for each of the Colts picks, look at where the Colts stand now, and where they need to go. I'll be posting a tweetbag tomorrow morning, so if you have questions about the Colts draft, send them to me on twitter @coltsfanwilson. And, looking forward, after I've studied these players a bit more, I'll do draft profiles on them much like the free agent profiles I've done so that you can get to know them a bit more. But for now, I've got to go to a family mother's day celebration. Thanks for following along this weekend, and be sure to keep checking back for more draft coverage.