JagNation Divisional Draft Analysis: Colts

JagNation Divisional Draft Analysis:  Colts

The Indianapolis Colts draft was one of the best we've ever seen by a team picking dead last. Each and every pick for the Colts made sense in terms of need, and they appeared to get some solid value considering the spot that they were picking in. It remains to be seen if the nine players that the Colts have drafted will pan out, but in the middle of May, it looks great.

First Round pick (#32 overall)- Anthony Gonzalez, WR Ohio State
Anthony Gonzalez may be the best route runner in the '07 draft, and he was an ultra-productive, go to guy when he was at Ohio State. Gonzalez has nice speed and hands, and should be a great slot receiver for years to come for the Colts. The Colts passing game has been nearly impossible to stop the last few years with Harrison and Wayne on the outside, and adding Gonzalez in the slot, there is no one opposing defenses can single cover.

Second Round pick (#42 overall)- Tony Ugoh, LT, Arkansas
Tony Ugoh is a big, athletic guy who was somewhat of an underachiever in college. Ugoh has all the tools to be a starting left tackle in the NFL for a decade, and although the Colts already have Tarik Glenn, Ugoh may see significant playing time sooner, rather than later. Indianapolis had a good eye toward their future with this second round selection.

Third Round pick (#95 overall)- Daymeion Hughes, CB, California
Cornerback is certainly a position of need for the Colts, considering they lost both starting corners from last season, Nick Harper, and Jason David in free agency. Hughes is an athletic corner with great ball skills, as evidenced by his 14 career interceptions at Cal. Hughes is a hitter, and could be a possible clone of Kelvin Hayden.

Third Round pick (#98 overall)- Quinn Pitcock, DT, Ohio State
The Colts finished dead last in run defense in '06, and Pitcock was drafted to address the teams' run-stopping needs. Although Pitcock isn't a great pass rusher, he's athletic and can chase plays all over the field. Pitcock was clearly a needs pick and also a good value in round three.

Fourth Round pick (#131 overall)- Brandon Condren, S, Troy
Condren is a big, fast, hard-hitting guy who has the skills to help stop the run. Condren put up great workout numbers, running a 4.47/40 yard dash, with a 43 inch vertical leap. Condren should make an immediate impact on special teams while filling in at strong safety.

Fourth Round pick (#136 overall)- Clint Session, LB, Pittsburgh
The Colts believe that they've filled a major need at linebacker with the hard-hitting, undersized Clint Session. Session is a fantastic hitter, despite being just shy of 6'0", and forced five fumbles in just his senior season alone. Session should be a backup and get most of his reps on special teams at least initially, but don't be surprised if he gets more minutes mid-way through the season.

Fifth Round pick (#169 overall)- Roy Hall, WR, Ohio State
This pick has project written all over it. Roy Hall is the third Buckeye that the Colts took in the draft, and he has physical skills that can't be ignored, even if he is just about the definition of raw at the wide receiver position. Hall is 6'2", 229 lbs., and runs a 4.41/40 yard dash. The guy has soft hands, and a Terrell Owens type of body. Hall was a poor route runner, and didn't give 100% in college, and that caused him to get very little playing time. The Colts are hoping that Hall dedicates himself, because those physical abilities can't be taught or found very easily. Low risk, high possible reward type of pick.

Fifth Round pick (#173 overall)- Michael Coe, CB, Alabama State
Coe is a talented guy who transferred from Arkansas to Division I-AA Alabama State. He worked hard as a senior and is now the Colts latest cornerback project. Coe is probably not ready for real game action at corner yet, but can be a solid "jar on the shelf" for the Super Bowl champs.

Seventh Round pick (#242 overall)- Keyunta Dawson, DE, Texas Tech
Dawson is an undersized pass rusher who fits into the Freeney/Mathis type of mold, but don't lay those expectations on a late seventh round pick. Dawson was very active at Texas Tech and caused havoc to opposing quarterbacks. The Colts hope that he'll do the same in the pros.

The Colts have managed to fill needs and find potential play-makers in every round. Although the Colts expertise haven't historically been on the second day, this group could really pay dividends. In my opinion Indianapolis, along with Jacksonville, have probably had the best drafts in the division.

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