The NFL Draft is over and the Indianapolis Colts are busy integrating the new rookies into the team over the next couple weeks. We’ve rounded up some of the best Colts news over the past few days
The IndyStar has been at the forefront of covering the Colts this past week. There is a slideshow with a quick breakdown of all the players from the Colts draft class. Stephen Holder gives his analysis of this year’s class while Zak Keefer says the addition of Phillip Dorsett gives the team an “embarrassment of offensive riches.”
Gregg Doyel doesn’t understand what the Colts management is doing after this draft. While I agree that the first pick was baffling, the rest of the draft seemed like solid selections that not only fill needs but are also players who fit the defensive scheme.
From Doyel’s opening paragraph:
"They signed a defensive end for their 3-4 scheme as a free agent, then picked another one in the third round."
Yes, they did do that. They also took a running back in the draft after signing one in free agency. Most of the free agent pickups are short term options who will have to be replaced awfully soon with cheaper players the team has actually drafted.
Finding rookies who can help the team win immediately isn’t uncommon, but every single pick won’t contribute next season. The rookies this team added won’t be the lynchpin for a Super Bowl run, that’s most on Andrew Luck and better overall defensive play.
ESPN’s Mike Wells has been hard at work this week. He gives up a roundup of all the Colts’ picks and what each player brings to the team (complete with highlights).
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Wells gives us his thoughts on Jim Irsay’s comments about winning multiple Super Bowls during the Luck era.
ESPN’s Mike Reiss is growing impatient with the release of the Ted Wells report. The report should shed some light on the Deflategate situation but Reiss is worried it will have been a waste of time.
Like most of us, Kyle Rodriguez has been breaking down every aspect of the Colts draft over at Bleacher/Report. He gives us the good and bad from the draft (DE Henry Anderson qualifying as good while no offensive line help being bad). Rodriguez also breaks down the Colts’ biggest strengths and weaknesses following the draft. And finally we get a breakdown of the veterans who might be on the roster bubble following the draft.
Colts Authority has also been busy this week as well. Nate Dunlevy has started on his “What to Expect” series outlining what reasonable expectations for the rookies should be this season and beyond. So far, he’s only broken down Phillip Dorsett and cornerback D’Joun Smith.