NFL Draft Grades 2022: Re-grading the Indianapolis Colts draft one year later
DT Curtis Brooks, Round 6, No. 216
Original grade: A
Current grade: F
Curtis Brooks initially seemed like a great late-round steal. His college film consisted of impressive plays of him stopping the run and getting after the passer. Unfortunately, Brooks didn’t even make Indy’s 53-man roster. He was signed to the practice squad but was eventually released before being signed by the Tennessee Titans.
DB Rodney Thomas II, Round 7, No. 239
Original grade: B
Current grade: A+
The real steal of the draft was Rodney Thomas II. When he was selected in the seventh round out of Yale, the on-air analysts didn’t even know much about him. All they knew was that he was athletic and had experience playing multiple positions.
He ended up being Indy’s best rookie, and one of the Colts consistent defenders last season. After Julian Blackmon went down with injury, Thomas got an opportunity, and he never looked back. He ended up playing in all 17 games, starting 10, and recording four interceptions, six pass deflections, and 52 tackles.
With Thomas, Blackmon, and Nick Cross all in the safety room, the Colts are set up for the future at that position. Hopefully, Indy will be able to find many more talented players in this year’s draft.
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