Recapping the Indianapolis Colts’ 2012 NFL Draft

DRAFT GRADES:

1-1: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford – A+

            6-1, 234 pounds

No explanation needed.  Best prospect since John Elway. 

2-34: Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford – A

            6-6, 247 pounds

Luck’s teammate at Stanford, he is a very good pass catcher and a tremendous red zone target.  A more athletic Dallas Clark, according to Bill Polian. 

3-64: Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson – B

            6-3, 255 pounds

The second best TE in the draft, but the most complete.  Solid receiver and blocker.  Good for two tight end sets.  Bill Polian compared him to Marcus Pollard.

 3-92**: T.Y. Hilton, WR, Florida International – C+

            5-10, 183 pounds

Very fast and quick, good on screens and other catch-and-run situations, very good returner.  Didn’t give up too much in trade, but cost Colts a good defensive talent. 

5-136: Josh Chapman, NT, Alabama – A-

            6-1, 316 pounds

Great pick.  Chapman is a force up front and could be a very solid starting NT for the Colts… tough guy, played half of last season on torn ACL… great 5th round get for the Colts.

5-170*: Vick Ballard, RB, Mississippi State – C

            5-10, 219 pounds

A power running back who will help with the Colts efforts to become a power run team.  A bit of a reach in the 5th round in my opinion, but decent player.

 6-206*: LaVon Brazill, WR, Ohio – C-

            5-11, 192 pounds

Another speed receiver who can contribute on special teams, he must first make the team in training camp.  Could give the Colts good depth at the position. 

7-208: Justin Anderson, OT, Georgia – C-

            6-4, 335 pounds

A project player who could be developed into a solid lineman.  Can play either tackle or guard and he will likely play guard in Indy.  Solid depth player right now.

 7-214: Tim Fugger, DE, Vanderbilt – D

            6-3, 248 pounds

A hard hitting defensive end, Fugger (pronounced Few-ger) will probably not see the field much next year, and that is considering he makes the team.  Could provide good special teams play, however. 

7-253*: Chandler Harnish, QB, Northern Illinois – C

            6-1, 220 pounds

Mr. Irrelevant.  The Colts had both the first and last picks in the draft, and they took a quarterback with both of them.  Harnish could be a good backup QB for the Colts, and is a good player.  

 * Compensatory pick

** TRADE: Colts trade 4th round pick (97th overall) and 5th round pick in 2013 to San Francisco 49ers for the 92nd overall pick

 

BEST PICK:  Andrew Luck (1st)

WORST PICK:  Tim Fugger (7th)

BEST VALUE:  Josh Chapman (5th)

WORST VALUE:  Vick Ballard (5th)

OVERALL GRADE:  B+

The Colts draft was very good at the top, grabbing starters in Luck, Fleener, and Allen, while Hilton and Chapman could possibly be starting by the end of the year.  The last few picks were not very good, but those picks are for the most part to gain depth.  With the picks that pay immediate dividends, the Colts did excellent.  I would call this a successful draft for new GM Ryan Grigson, however I question the decision to only take 2 defensive players out of 10 picks. 

REMAINING NEEDS:

The only real need the Colts have right now is at corner back.  Currently, it would be Jerraud Powers and Chris Rucker starting.  Powers is a good player but is injury prone.  I have high hopes for Rucker, but he is not yet a capable starter.  Every other position for the most part will be more than capable of producing decent play and holding over until next year’s draft.  This roster is not as bad as I thought it would be.  But there is still much room to improve.

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