Colts Sign T.Y. Hilton, Korey Lindsey; Waive Micah Pellerin

The Indianapolis Colts today signed one of their third round draft picks, wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, claimed cornerback Korey Lindsey off of waivers from Atlanta and waived safety Micah Pellerin.

T.Y. Hilton was selected by the Colts in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Florida International.  Following the draft, I gave the pick a C+.  Hilton is a speedy slot receiver who will help the Colts tremendously in the return game, as long as he stays healthy.

The signing leaves just the Colts’ first three picks – quarterback Andrew Luck and tight ends Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen – unsigned.

Korey Lindsey, a 5-10, 194 pound corner, was drafted in the 7th round of the 2011 draft by the Cincinnati Bengals after being a two-time AP first-team All-American at Southern Illinois.  However, the Bengals released Lindsey during preseason roster cutdowns.  He was them signed by the Arizona Cardinals to their practice squad.  For a corner needy Colts team, this is not a bad signing to provide depth.  That said, I am always weary of guys who are released by the team that drafted them before they even suit up for a regular season game.

Micah Pellerin was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent this offseason out of Hampton.

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.

Colts TRADE: Round 3, Pick 92: Colts Select T.Y. Hilton, WR, Florida International

The Colts traded up into the 3rd round again to pick number 92 with theSan Francisco 49ers to get wide receiver T.Y. Hilton. 

 Hilton is a 5-10, 185 pound speed receiver and return specialist.  Hilton is at his best on screens and catch-and-run opportunities.  He will give the Colts a big boost in the return game, something they have been bad at for years.   The problem with Hilton is his size, and he struggles to stay on the field.

Hilton could be a good slot receiver in the NFL.  Austin Collie is a great slot guy, but in today’s NFL, a 4th WR is a huge benefit. 

 This pick surprised me.  I thought the Colts had traded up to get Alameda Ta’amu, but they took Hilton instead.  They gave up their 97th overall pick (4th round) and a 5th rounder in 2013 to the 49ers. 

 We now know what direction the Colts are heading.  They are focused on offense- more specifically, the passing offense.  And in today’s NFL, that is the way to win. 

While some may doubt the Colts’ selections, I like that the Colts know where they are going and are willing to trade to do it. 

Check out T.Y. Hilton’s highlights on You Tube.

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