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Matt McGuire's 2008 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis
Indianapolis Colts



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Indianapolis Colts (Last Year: 13-3)

Rarely does it work out when you trade a future first-round draft pick, but it seems like the Colts made a great move trading up in the second round last year for Tony Ugoh. With no first-round selection, Indianapolis is going to have to find some diamonds in the rough in the middle rounds.

We will start with the Colts' draft range with their first pick in the draft, at No. 59:

Weakside Linebacker: Tyjuan Hagler is projected to be the starter at WILL, and this class has a few really fast football players at this position.

Wesley Woodyard needs to put on some bulk, but he has great speed, toughness and leadership. Ali Highsmith times poorly, but he is very impressive on game tape with the range and instincts he displays. Xavier Adibi is most comfortable in zone (Indy runs a Tampa-2) and on the move. All of these prospects would be solid additions in the second or third rounds.

H-Back/Tight End: There are three prospects in this draft at this position who fit like a glove with the Colts' offense, especially with the loss of Ben Utecht to the Bengals.

If they want a threat at his position with more speed and athleticism, they might have to make a move up in the draft to acquire Dustin Keller, who, like these other prospects I am mentioning, is versatile in the slot or at tight end.

Jacob Tamme has the best hands in the draft (WRs and TEs), and circus catches with him are routine. He was worked in the slot at Kentucky quite a bit, like Dallas Clark. He was very productive, and his 40, in the 4.5 range, proves he can get up the field vertically.

The other receiver who gets knocked a lot of his effort in blocking (like Keller and Tamme) is Martin Rucker. He is athletic and has solid hands.

A guard could be had in the mid rounds to replace Jake Scott. Sam Baker would be an outstanding fit for this offense because he is great in pass protection for a guard. He fits the mold for the Colts offensive linemen with his intelligence as well. Look for this pick in the second round.

Another USC Trojan, Drew Radovich is a possibility, but he is more of a fourth or fifth round prospect. Eric Young is more athletic and versatile being able to be a backup right tackle as well. His draft range is the third to fourth rounds.

Depth at defensive end is a must in this draft for the Colts. They'd love to see Lawrence Jackson still on the board at 59, but he probably won't be. Quentin Groves brings the speed off the edge Tony Dungy dreams about. Calias Campbell can play left or right end, and has a high upside. These are both second to third round draft picks.

Jeremy Thompson, Jason Jones, and Chris Ellis are in their third to fifth round range. Like every other prospect I have mentioned (with the exception to Groves), they provide versatility at both defensive end positions.

Safety depth should be addressed in the later rounds. There isn't much behind Bob Sanders and Antoine Bethea. Simeon Castille, Marcus Griffin, Bobbie Williams, Rocky Schwartz and Ron Girault would be solid additions in the sixth or seventh rounds.





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