Overall Grade: B
The Colts have sent mixed signals by signing a number of high-profile veterans in free agency, yet drafting Dorsett with their 1st round pick in this year’s NFL Draft. Don’t get me wrong, Dorsett could very well turn out to be an exceptional wideout in time, but it remains to be seen if he was needed enough to warrant such a high selection.
Apr 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view of the podium on stage before the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Either way, the Colts did what they absolutely needed to the rest of the way, as their next 4 picks were all defense. D’Joun Smith projects to be a starter at cornerback for the team in time, and he may be thrusted into a starting role after next season. Henry Anderson was a steal in the 3rd round at that point of the draft and should be able to contribute immediately along the Colts defensive line, especially as a pass rusher.
Geathers is a bit raw and could use some seasoning at safety, but he has the hard-hitting tackling style and physical ability to eventually develop into a starter for the team, which will be needed sooner rather than later with two stopgap solutions as starters currently back there. He may have been a bit of a reach in the 4th round, but should be a contributor in time and should help right away on special teams.
Otherwise, the Colts bolstered their depth by adding David Parry at nose tackle and Josh Robinson at running back, two players who could push for reps right away in backup roles, which is terrific value for the 5th and 6th round of the draft respectively. In time, it’s possible they could become starters for the Colts, and that’s something that Grigson definitely values.
Both Herrera and Good look like obvious practice squad stashes starting out next season, but each has the potential to eventually develop into a key contributor for the Colts. Clearly, Herrera is a bit further along than Good in his development, as he was a highly productive inside linebacker in the SEC. However, Good has rare athleticism for a big man of his size and could surprise in the future as a discovered diamond in the rough, even if it may take a few years.
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