INDIANAPOLIS, IN (WSIL) — The Indianapolis Colts brought some firepower to the NFL Draft this weekend.
The Colts are an extremely talented and well-run organization from top to bottom. General manager Chris Ballard and head coach Frank Reich are considered among the best in the league in their respective positions. The defense is well-trained and highly disciplined, led by one of the best young linebackers in the league, Darius Leonard. The offense is a whole different story, however. While they have very good pieces in place like Michael Pittman, Jonathan Taylor and Quenton Nelson, the Colts have failed to integrate the most important piece: the quarterback.
Inconsistent play coming from the most important position in football is what caused the Colts to fall far short of expectations last year, trailing a 9-8 record, narrowly missing out on the playoffs.
The Colts have sought to address the issue this offseason by bringing in former MVP Matt Ryan to run the position and bringing in young talent from this year’s draft. Although the Colts didn’t have a first-round pick this year, they have eight total picks in the draft.
Round 2 (53): Alec Pierce – WR – Cincinnati – Pierce is a big, physical receiver who can grab tough catches in traffic. He will be a great security blanket for QB Matt Ryan.
Round 3 (73): Jelani Woods – TE – Virginia – Woods has a big frame that will make an easy target for the QB in the passing game. He will be a development project, with the potential to play on special teams.
Round 3 (77): Bernhard Raimann – OT – Central Michigan – Raimann has very impressive athleticism and really solid fundamentals. He’s known for his intelligence, so he should adapt quickly and be a solid Colts quarterback protector for years to come.
Round 3 (96): Nick Cross – S – Maryland – Cross has a combination of size and speed that is rare for the position. He could seriously compete for the starting safety spot.
Round 5 (159): Eric Johnson – DT – Missouri State – Johnson has great strength to engage blockers and has the ability to quickly recover from unfavorable positions and make an impact. An interesting prospect that could have an impact sooner rather than later.
Round 6 (192): Andrew Ogletree – TE – Youngstown State – Ogletree is a very fluid athlete, but he desperately needs to improve his catching and blocking ability. It is a development project that can turn into something more.
Round 6 (216): Curtis Brooks – DT – Cincinnati – Overall, Brooks is a very solid defensive tackle who performed well in college. A solid contributor.
Round 7 (239): Rodney Thomas ll – S – Yale – Solid security that could contribute to special teams.