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    Please Welcome the 2017 Colts Draft Class! Overall Round Player Position College 15 1 Malik Hooker S Ohio St. 46 2 Quincy Wilson CB Florida 80 3 Tarell Basham EDGE Ohio 137 4 Zach Banner OT/G USC 143 4 Marlon Mack RB South Florida 144 4 Grover Stewart INT-DL Albany St. (GA) 158 5 Nate Hairston CB Temple 161 5 Anthony Walker Jr. ILB Northwestern Nice looking group! Good Job Ballard and company.
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    Saturday after we made our last draft pick, I headed to my local gym on the North side to workout. Low and behold 3 Colts players were working out there. I guess they weren't aloud to lift at the facility during the draft. Luke Rhodes, Deiontrez Mount, and CB named Chris which I assume is Chris Milton. All super cool dudes, they were getting some seriois circuit training in and even let me work in for a few sets. After they were done they took the time to shake a few hands and introduce themselves to some of the more inquisitive members. Couldnt have been nicer, they represent the Colts well. The draft was on the TVs at the gym and they were constantly checking our picks, knowing that each pick could possibly be their replacememt. I know each of these guys is a long shot but I'll be rooting for them.
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    I discovered this website and community 5 years ago today.... and I've enjoyed it every day since.... I've made a number of good friends and, regrettably, I've rubbed a number of you the wrong way. I hope to make many more friends here over the years, and I hope to annoy, offend, or anger far, far fewer posters here... I honestly don't try to bother anyone. I think I've gotten better at that, meaning I'm getting into fewer fights here. In speaking with some of the moderators, it's been pointed out to me that my posting style has a certain "aggressive" tone to it. I'd agree with that. I've tried to tone it down and I thought I had done a better job this past year than the year before. I went the whole 2016 season and the first few months of the off-season without a single fight. Then, March arrived and right around the free agency window, within about a week, I got into 4 very unfortunate fights. Look.... I'm getting too old for this. I've turned 60 and I'd like to get into as few of these battles as possible. So, please don't be surprised or offended if I think a conversation is deteriorating quickly and I choose to simply say something like.... "We're going to have to agree to disagree...." or something like that... Feels like it would be better for all concerned. It's been 5 years and I've been happy to apologize each of the last 5 years. But I'm honestly hoping that I bother fewer and fewer of you in the future so these annual letters won't be necessary.... I really don't want to upset anyone. I'd like to come here, post some thoughts, have a good discussion, and move on.... I would like to add that I think the website has gotten better and better every year. We've had more people join the site and many of them are terrific! I think the level of debate has improved each year, and hopefully with the change at the top, we'll be happy with what we see on the field in 2017 and in the years to come! Of course, no letter about the last year would be complete without saying, that, like all of you, I miss Gavin too.... Thanks again for putting up with me. Thanks again for the friendship and support. Here's to a better year for the Colts and their fans! Michael Forrest aka NewColtsFan
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    I like when they talk the Jags up. That got them 2 wins last year.
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    Great, now Jonathan Hankins is probably going to get randomly drug tested.
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    Ok guys just figured I'd give you guys some info. I'm actually a Dolphins fan, and I always enjoy when people give info on our board, so I will drop some here. I am from Malik's hometown, I actually teach in George Washington the school that was mentioned in one of the articles I read in one of your papers. The kid that you guys are getting is an absolutely outstanding person. His mother raised a great kid. This is a true story: When he was in the fifth grade I started my first year teaching in George Washington. One day I was at my father's house for Sunday dinner and I told my father and brother he would be the best athelete to ever come out of our town. They thought I was crazy that I would say that about a 10 year old kid, and I don't want to sound like I am tooting my own horn, but it didn't take an NFL scout to see it. He has always been an unbelievable athelete. There are a lot of YouTube videos of him playing highschool basketball that you can go watch and see for yourself. He made ESPN top 10 plays twice in highschool for crazy dunks. Our hometown basketball team is always very good, but Malik lead our team to an undefeated season and state title his senior year. There were some other division 1 football players on that team that were solid, but Malik was the guy without question. Saying that he didn't play football until his junior year isn't exactly true, he played in grade school and it was almost funny watching how much better than everyone else he was. His rise from his senior year was crazy. It all seemed to start when he was on ESPN top plays the first time. He did go to a football camp in Alabama before his senior year in football and basically the consensus was that he was the best player in a camp of stars. There are some YouTube videos of that too, one where he made a crazy 1 handed catch. When he went to Ohio State I knew if he got his shot he would be an NFL player for sure. His redshirt year at OSU he played Amari Cooper on the scout team in practice leading up to the Championship game. That alone should tell you something. Then when he finally got his shot at OSU he exploded from that first game with the crazy tipped int. I can honestly tell you than neither me or any of my friends were surprised, we knew he was that good. I honestly was disappointed he did not get a chance to work out at the combine, he would have dominated those drills. The Colts are my girls team so I follow them a little bit, and no slight to the team, but I guarantee Malik is now the best athelete you have on the team. All that stuff is great, but the person that you got is the best part. Like I said his mother did an awesome job raising him, she should be really proud. When you see him at Children's Hospital on draft day, that is not an act, that is who he and his family are. They are just genuinely very good people. His rise from that dunk, to osu, now to you guys is incredible, and I truly believe he has a long way to go before he hits his ceiling. Those of you who didn't like the pick, I guarantee he is going to change your mind. You guys got a great player!
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    anybody who believes that should be beaten with a hammer.
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    As a Colt, you get fitted for a walking boot the day you sign your contract.
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    What the heck, Colts fans?! Did our fanbase have a collective really bad day today?! GOOD GRIEF PEOPLE haha. Let's happy up!! I just watched this live at Buffalo Wild Wings with my buddies & began seeing the Hooker possibility around pick #10. As it became more possible that we'd have a shot at him, my heart beat quickened. Then came pick #14, which guaranteed that we'd have our choice of Hooker, Allen or Foster. I was in shock. Then it happened - somehow, someway we landed Malik Hooker! Woohoo!! What an amazing and surprising pick. For a franchise that has neglected its' defense for a decade, it's refreshing to see us finally select the following: 1) A defensive STUD with a high-ceiling 2) A consensus Top 5-10 projected player overall 3) Arguably the best defensive player at his position 4) Fits a position of need (our entire secondary needs overhauling, not just CB) 5) Represents great value, rather than being a reach Are you kidding me?! This is great! Then I came home and was so excited to get on this forum, which I read and enjoy daily. I expected nothing but overjoyed ecstasy from our beloved Fan Forum. But boy... I sure was wrong. Rather than feed into this bizarre and ridiculous negativity, I'm here to enjoy this pick. Today is a great day. I remember so many stupid, dumb, "reach" draft picks over the years. We've used 1st rounders on TE's, on WR's, on Bjoern Freaking Werner. Heck, we've even traded a 1st-rounder for... yep, Trent Richardson. This pick is the OPPOSITE OF THAT. For once, you can read a Colts Draft Day article and take pride in our pick. That makes me feel really, really good. Thank you, Chris Ballard, for taking advantage of a surprising draft board and taking the best talent on the board. I cannot wait to watch him develop not only as a rookie, but throughout what will hopefully be a multi-Pro Bowl career. Let's go, Colts!!
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    http://www.heraldbulletin.com/sports/colts-notebook-mathis-a-hit-as-volunteer-coach/article_d5a5dffa-351d-11e7-8956-bfc7445f6ab1.html For those of you whom wanted to know if Mathis has been allowed to work with the pass rushers this season. It is officially "YES!" Apparently he not only shows up to coach, but the DC has said some very complimentary this about the first time coach. Makes me wonder if this is not just a way for him to stick around the team, but also vying for a paid coaching position. He's pushed for this since the last game of the year last season, and you've more than likely seen him in multiple Colts oriented stuff, (like the Pagano leukemia rally, and announcing Colts draft picks.) But until now, this is the first actually solid proof to outsiders not in the building or in the training sessions, that He has been accepted as a position coach. (although voluntarily).
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    This is the first time in years I have felt we are killing it in the draft. A+
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    I cant believe some of you guys don't realize we just STOLE a top 5-6 talent. He's Earl Thomas man. The tackling will improve and we're gonna have a top 5 FS for the next 8-10 years. SMDH Plus you gotta love the name Hooker. LOL. But only a high class Hooker.
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    Thanks to Nadine for helping me delete old uploads. Here they are from yesterday
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    His joke of a coaching staff...that have had all of one year together. How very fair of you.
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    http://draftbreakdown.com/video/malik-hooker-vs-michigan-2016/ Go to 4:30 and just watch 15 seconds of film before you talk about how he "can't tackle," please. He is absolutely not a physically imposing tackler, he's not an enforcer or thumper. But he absolutely can make big plays as a tackler. And more importantly, he gets in good position, breaks down well and gets his arms around ball carriers to bring them down. Not quite a drag down tackler, but he's definitely not out there stoning guys left and right. This is a great draft pick, without a doubt. He was the best secondary player in this draft, let alone safety. To me, the only reason he didn't go in the top five -- rare air for a safety, but he belonged, IMO -- is because he's still recovering from surgery. Same reason Jonathan Allen fell to #17, but apparently Hooker's medical is less concerning than Allen's. I was so focused on whether Barnett would fall and so wrapped up in all the trades (what an eventful first round! I can't remember the last time so much happened in the first round. A couple years ago, there were virtually no trades, then tonight everybody wanted to be Kevin Costner...) that I forgot about Hooker. The board worked out very well for the Colts, and assuming Hooker has a clean bill of health, this will be a slam dunk draft pick.
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    If run D is improved, teams have to throw on us. If you are expecting a free safety to be your best tackler, there is something clearly wrong with that defensive philosophy, my dear fellow fans!!! Deion Sanders wasn't a great tackler either, but he could cover. Instead of a jack of all trades, we got someone very good at playing center field.
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    Wow. I can't believe the number of people that are viewing this as a bad pick. Some people just refuse to be pleased.
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    http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/pff-quarterback-podcast/e/50142371?autoplay=true Some interesting analysis and stats on Andrew Luck in this episode of the podcast. Highlights: - 2015 has to be counted as an anomaly - 2016 was his best season so far - Big-play throws dropped last year from around top 5 in the league previous years, to 13th in 2016 - With that came lower % of turnover-worthy plays too... he was 7th best QB in the league at taking care of the ball (absolutely destroys the narrative that he's still a 'turnover machine'). - This didn't show in the interception number because a lot of his interceptions last year were unlucky interceptions. - He was under pressure 44% of the time(!!!!) - There are no breather-type of plays for Luck. The offense we are running is forcing him to play the toughest game of any QB in the league - striaght drop back passes, full field progressions and reads all the time, - A ton of 7 step drops. 39% of his drop backs(220) are 7-step drops. This is unheard of in the league. Most offenses run 20-30 of those per season. We are running 10 times that. - Average depth of target - 13 yards. They are trying to create chunk plays. - 3 step drops - 91, 7-step drops 220!!!!! They are not giving him quick game options. - This is part of the reason for the pressure our O-line allows - it's harder to sustain blocks for the full time it takes for plays to develop in those 7 step drops - Luck avoids sacks very well, but also creates opportunities for sacks because he milks the plays until the very end, trying to make plays. He's in the top 7 of QBs in avoiding sacks when pressured. - not a lot of misdirection in our offense - makes it easier for pass-rushers - only 9 total WR and TE screens for the season, only 12 designed rollouts last year, which is a waste because Luck is great making plays on the run - If Luck continues to play like last year, he will have a year with single-digit interceptions, it's a matter of time because he's taken strides in his ball-security. - At his current level he's a top 5 QB in the league. He's in for a big-time year.
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    Emphasis on "beat the Colts bad" It'd really be nice to stop getting owned by Pitt & NE sometime soon here
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    Dorsett being a Grigson pick has exactly nothing to do with it. If Dorsett can play he will be a Colt. If not, he will get cut. He is still on a rookie contract and all this negativity aimed at him is uncalled for. He has yet to be utilized for a number of reasons. You sound like you want to hate on him because he was drafted #1 when he was not in control of that. Now you are whining over spilled milk.
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    Grigson sitting on his couch, eating popcorn, thinking, "Finally Ballard went offense. Took him long enough. Now where is the WR?"
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    Was gonna make the title without his first name and realized how that would look. Dodged a bullet there
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    You know I have always enjoyed getting online and talking sports with like minded people. I have had the privilege to meet many great fans over the years because of my involvement in the online sports world, and it overall has always been a very enjoyable part of my fandom. But there has been a type of fan that has always really rubbed me the wrong way. I am talking about all of the "that guy sucks" fans out there. You know him, every time you bring up a guy who isn't a favorite of theirs, the response is "that guy sucks". It doesn't so much bother me when they are speaking about a rival, that's natural to me to trash talk a rival. It bothers me when we speak about our own players in that light, every single time I hear it. These guys go out there and put their bodies on the line FOR US. Yes they get rewarded monetarily, but we also get a reward for all of this or we wouldn't pay to witness it. We have become the fat king throwing apples at the jester who is merely trying to entertain us. We as fans have responsibility to the sport, because we also have an impact on the sport. We have a role to play, and we should want to play it well. After all, thats exactly what we demand from our athletes. Its about time we focused more on our own actions than their every move. A wise man once said "We often forget that we are the atmosphere surrounding all of this", which in my experience with sports, has most definitely deteriorated. Believe it or not These athletes aren't treated with nearly the respect they used to be. As the money has increased for them, so has the criticism and lack of privacy. And while I agree that the bad ones don't deserve all the glory they receive, the good ones absolutely do, and they are being treated with the same lack of tact. I am sick of hearing someone feel compelled to chime in every time a former Colts players name comes up with criticism of their time here. As far as I am concerned, if you played here and were a good citizen and you represented us out on the football field, then you deserve respect and honor in return from Colts fans. Something to think about.
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    Personally, I don't necessarily agree that he can't cover. He's not great at it, but his main issue is tracking the ball while staying engaged with the receiver. I also don't agree that he can't tackle, but he definitely lacks discipline and has poor technique. I don't think he's a lost cause in either regard, but he sure has a long way to go. Green is a backup on my depth chart, but backups get reps. He was a backup last year and got on the field way sooner than he should have. There are sub packages in which he'll get reps. There's also the possibility that he'll get better in Year 2.
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    That's an excellent question. I'd also like to know why we're making a story out of a throwaway line in response to a press conference question.
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    He fell to 15 because 3 teams traded up for a QB, 3 teams went WR, and 2 teams went RB. He's not a project.
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    I've danced around this for a while, but as of right now, two hours before the draft, and about four hours before the Colts pick, I'm all in on Derek Barnett! What officially sold me is this: https://www.theplayerstribune.com/derek-barnett-nfl-draft-cover-letter/
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    Link for AFC South article, you can click on the right side to see the other divisions as well (not all are finished, they will be wrapped up by Wednesday 5/24) http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/page/Barnwell2017GradesAFCSouth/bill-barnwell-2017-nfl-offseason-report-card-free-agency-draft-afc-south-houston-texans-indianapolis-colts-jacksonville-jaguars-tennessee-titans#IND Indianapolis Colts What went right Jim Irsay fired Ryan Grigson and replaced him with Chris Ballard. It's hard to think of an NFL general manager who did less with more than Grigson, who had Andrew Luck fall into his lap with the first pick in his first draft and spent most of the next five years putting obstacles in the QB's way. Grigson had a solid 2012 draft after Luck, but then struggled mightily in the years to come while mostly striking out in free agency. With an ailing Luck missing time in 2015 and 2016, the Colts fell far enough for Grigson to lose his job. Ballard, his replacement, spent time in a pair of successful organizations by working with the Brian Urlacher-era Bears before joining John Dorsey as he revitalized Kansas City's roster. That alone isn't enough to prove Ballard will succeed -- Grigson, after all, won a Super Bowl as a scout in St. Louis before enjoying years of success with the Eagles -- but Ballard's first offseason with the team has been very promising, both in terms of attacking weaknesses and identifying value within the market. Ballard bought in bulk to shore up the defense. After years of neglect and poor drafting, the Colts sadly aren't one star player away from turning things around. They gave tons of snaps to replacement-level talent during the past few years, a combination of mid-to-late round picks forced into meaningful roles along with big-name free agents who failed to live up to expectations. In his first offseason with the team, Ballard rightfully took the quantity approach to shoring up the league's fourth-worst defense per DVOA from a year ago. He targeted useful rotation players from other teams and came away with shockingly good deals, especially given how desperate teams were to acquire pass-rushers and defensive pieces. Take Jabaal Sheard, who was a three-year starter in Cleveland before playing as a solid rotation end for the Patriots after Chandler Jones left last year. Sheard recorded 13 sacks in two seasons with the Pats and picked up a three-year, $25 million deal to join Indy. Compare his deal to the three-year, $27 million contract handed out to Miami's Andre Branch, who spent four years as a relatively anonymous piece in Jacksonville before putting together a competent half-season playing alongside two superstars in Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake last year. The last time Sheard hit the market (2015), the Patriots thought he was worth $5.5 million per year. The last time Branch hit the market, the league thought he was worth half that. Of course, there's more to the deal than the average annual numbers. Sheard's deal has $9.9 million in real guarantees, all of which comes in 2017; if Sheard disappoints away from the halo of Bill Belichick, the Colts have the flexibility to get out. Branch, meanwhile, has nearly twice as much -- $16.8 million -- guaranteed in his deal, despite a much shorter track record as a pro. Indy ended up with the better player and more flexibility at a fraction of the cost. That's the difference between a well-run organization and one throwing money at flashes in the pan who it hopes are multiyear solutions. Sheard isn't the only one. John Simon, who was very effective as a third edge rusher in Houston, came on board for a three-year deal with just $5.5 million in guarantees, again all in Year 1. Barkevious Mingo and Sean Spence are linebackers who could be useful if spotted in modest roles while contributing on special teams. Even Johnathan Hankins, the team's biggest free-agent signing, is on a three-year, $27 million deal with $10 million guaranteed, all coming this year. The Colts have brought in a ton of young, short-term defensive help with upside in what will be an evaluation year. Grigson made some moves like this early in his tenure with Indy, targeting players like Greg Toler and Ricky Jean-Francois, but they were on far larger deals and expected to be long-term starters at their positions. With the sort of contracts Ballard is handing out, the guys who stick will be under contract for a couple of more seasons, while the ones who don't will be giving way to a more sustainable defensive model. The emphasis on defense was even stronger during the draft. The Colts added extra fourth- and fifth-round picks by dealing Dwayne Allen (and a sixth-round pick) before trading down with the 49ers during the draft. Indy ended up with eight selections, all of which came among the top 161 picks. Outside of the pick haul Grigson inherited before his first season on the job, his four previous drafts produced a total of just 17 selections among those top 161 picks. There's no specific meaning to having a top-161 pick, but the point still stands: Ballard added picks that weren't meaningless seventh-rounders. Using Chase Stuart's draft chart and including the draft picks traded for Trent Richardson and Vontae Davis, Grigson used nearly twice as much of his draft capital on offense (141.6 points) as he did on defense (73.2 points). Even if you take out Luck, it's still 107 points on offense to 73.2 points of defense. Grigson invested in free-agent defenders, but it's still a problem. In his first draft, Ballard invested nearly four times as much of his draft capital in defenders (24.5 points) as he did on offensive players (6.3 points). Indianapolis' top three picks were all defenders, led by safety Malik Hooker, who fell to the Colts at 15 after most mock drafts had him going in the top 10. Six of Indy's eight selections were on the defensive side, and the other two were at positions of need along the offensive line and at running back. No draft strategy is foolproof. These guys may not work out. Chuck Pagano hasn't done a great job of bringing along young defensive talent in Indy, and this new batch of defenders could fall victim to the same fate. As a coherent plan, though, what Indianapolis did this offseason made a ton of sense. What went wrong The offensive line still needs work. I'm not just cutting and pasting this from years past, although I could have done so. Outside of signing Titans backup Brian Schwenke and drafting 6-foot-8 Southern California behemoth Zach Banner as a run-blocking project in the fourth round, the Colts are running things back with the same offensive line. That group hasn't been very effective, although it's still a young line. This wasn't a great draft for offensive linemen, and the cost of signing linemen in free agency was exorbitant this offseason, but the Colts may regret not making one big splash to upgrade the right side in front of Luck. What's next? Look into help at inside linebacker. The Colts are still pretty thin on the interior, where undrafted free agent Edwin Jackson was thrust into the lineup last year. Sean Spence could figure into a starting role, but there are possibilities still available in the free-agent market. Daryl Smith hasn't slipped all that much and started 11 games as a strong-side linebacker for the Bucs last year. DeAndre Levy was a superstar two years ago, but injuries have kept him off the field; he could shift inside in a 3-4. Daryl Washington has spent the past three years suspended, but he was reinstated in April before being released by the Cardinals. Stability or upside, Indy has options. Grade: A-
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    I really hope Anderson can get back to what he was his rookie year, because it seemed like he was in on every play. Elite or above average play from him will be key for our pass rush and run D this year. Prayers with him on his knee and that it's back to normal.
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    Chris Landry has an updated breakdown on Colts / Ballard draft here- Round 1/15 – Malik Hooker, S, 6-2, 205, Ohio State Big-play defensive back who has the ability to cover sideline-to-sideline. Possesses outstanding size, speed and quickness. Has great ball skills who needs to work on his tackling technique. Hooker (6’1/206) turned pro as a redshirt sophomore after breaking out for 5.5 tackles for loss and seven interceptions in 2016, including three pick sixes. He averaged an absurd 25.9 yards per runback on his turnovers forced, playing free safety like a ball-hawking wideout. Hooker underwent shoulder and sports hernia surgeries in January, but should be 100% well before camp. Blessed with huge hands (10 3’4″) and innate playmaking ability, Hooker is a pure center fielder who has some issues in run support but has drawn Ed Reed comparisons for his back-end vision and field-flipping takeaway skills. Round 2/46 – Quincy Wilson, CB, 6-1, 213, Florida Impressive size and strength for a cornerback who could move inside to safety if needed. Was strong in press coverage while in college. Confident defensive back with a lot of swagger. Wilson (6’2/211) turned pro after three years in Gainesville, making 24 starts and compiling six INTs while earning second-team All-SEC in 2016 despite being overshadowed by Teez Tabor. Whereas his size is an obvious plus, Wilson demonstrated gambling tendencies on tape and managed 37th-percentile SPARQ results with a pedestrian forty (4.54), vertical (32″), and broad (9’10″) jump at the Combine. Wilson did post a strong three-cone time (6.86). While NFL scouts have been split on whether Wilson should play cornerback or safety, he will almost assuredly man corner for the CB-desperate Colts. Round 3/80 – Tarell Basham, OLB, 6-4, 262, Ohio A former hand-on-the-ground defensive end who will be asked to become a standup outside linebacker, where he has limited experience. Will get a long look at becoming the Colts’ primary outside pass rusher. Basham (6’4/269) took home 2016 MAC Defensive Player of the Year after setting a school record for career sacks (29.5) as a four-year starter at defensive end. Basham had fifth most QB hurries (71) in the nation as a senior. With plus arm length (34 ¼”) and big hands (10 ¼”), Basham demonstrated physical edge-setting ability in run defense and powerful pocket-pushing skills on tape. An above-average athlete with 4.70 speed, Basham’s concerns include a straight-line game and lack of pass-rush variety. While Basham has some long-term limitations, he is a good football player with an NFL body. He has a chance to develop into a quality starter in the Trey Flowers mold. Round 4/137 – Zach Banner, T, 6-8, 353, Southern Cal Big, strong offensive lineman who is expected to compete for a job at tackle. Outstanding size, but needs to continue his foot work technique. Son of former NFL tackle Lincoln Kennedy. Banner (6’8/353) played basketball as a freshman before taking up football full time and making 38 starts, mostly at right tackle. He was voted first-team All-Pac 12 by the conference’s coaches as a junior and senior. Gargantuan with long arms (34 7/8″) and huge hands (10 ¾”), Banner overwhelmed opponents as a college run blocker but struggled in pass protection, where Banner’s height can work against him. Conditioning is also a concern after Banner ballooned near 400 pounds at times in college. While Banner’s run-blocking prowess is intriguing, he is a boom-bust prospect who could develop into a plus starter, or fall out of the league in a few years. He is unlikely to contribute as a rookie. Round 4/143 – Marlon Mack, RB, 6-0, 210, South Florida Quick runner who has shown an outstanding second gear. A potential special teams playmaker as a kickoff and punt returner to begin his NFL career. Needs to improve skills as a pass blocker and receiver. Mack (5’11/213) needed only three college seasons to set USF all-time records in rushing yards (3,609), all-purpose yards (4,107), and touchdowns (33), finishing his career with an explosive 6.16 YPC average and 65 receptions. Mack confirmed his plus athleticism in Indy, posting a top-five SPARQ score among running backs with 4.5-flat speed and a springy 10-foot-5 broad jump. On college tape, Mack showed a tendency to bounce runs outside in persistent attempts to turn nothing into something, which can be viewed positively or negatively. Either way, Mack’s playmaking ability and versatility are undeniable. He has some Tevin Coleman to his game as a multi-phase weapon who is dangerous in open space. Round 4/144 – Grover Stewart, DT, 6-5, 334, Albany State (Ga.) Small school defensive lineman who will get a look at defensive tackle and nose tackle. Stewart may also see work as a defensive end. A bit of a project, but possesses the athleticism to be an every-down player. Stewart (6’5/334) was a dominant freak in the D-2 ranks, piling up 27 career sacks before running 5.17 with 30 bench-press reps at Albany’s Pro Day. Not invited to the Combine, Stewart is a superb athlete for his monstrous size in the mold of Bears DE Akiem Hicks. Stewart’s transition is steep coming out of D-2, but he offers a mouth-watering NFL ceiling based on size and movement skills. Round 5/158 – Nate Hairston, CB, 6-1, 196, Temple Former wide receiver who made the change to cornerback prior to the 2015 season. Raw talent who is still developing skills as a defensive back. Did not allow a touchdown pass during the 2016 season. Hairston (6’0/196) converted from wideout to cornerback as a redshirt junior and started as a senior, tallying three tackles for loss and two interceptions as part of Temple’s No. 2 nationally-ranked pass defense. Hairston’s Combine numbers were merely average, running 4.52 with a 35 ½-inch vertical. A still-developing defensive back with plus size and tackling ability, Hairston will likely have to earn a special teams role before pushing for playing time in an NFL secondary. Round 5/161 – Anthony Walker, LB, 6-1, 235, Northwestern Considered to be an up-and-coming prospect. Could surprise and push for playing time as a rookie. High character player who should earn work on special teams this season. Walker (6’1/238) turned pro as a redshirt junior after starting all three years at middle linebacker for the Wildcats, leading the Big Ten in tackles for loss as a sophomore (20.5) and earning second-team all-conference in 2016. Something of a surprise early entrant, Walker did not help himself with 21st-percentile athletic results before the draft. He shows tight-hipped coverage limitations on tape and isn’t a true thumper. A good college player whose NFL transition will be an uphill climb, Walker’s best early-career bet will be to become a special teams demon. UNDRAFTED FREE AGENT SIGNINGS WITH NOTES ON KEY SIGNINGS Dalton Crossan, RB, New Hampshire Darrell Daniels, TE, Washington Trey Griffey, WR, Arizona Thomas Hennessy, LS, Duke Chris Muller, OG, Rutgers Rigoberto Sanchez, K, Hawaii Garrett Sickels, DE, 3-4OLB, Penn State Sickels (6’4/261) turned pro as a redshirt junior after logging 24 starts in Happy Valley, tallying 12.5 tackles for loss and six sacks in 2016 en route to second-team All-Big Ten honors. Sickels’ pre-draft workouts were horrific, running 4.97 with a putrid 28-inch vertical. Sickels had the most QB hurries (43) in the Big Ten last year, so his production is notable even if his athleticism is sub-NFL-caliber. Jerome Lane, WR, Akron Lane (6’3/226) turned pro as a redshirt junior after converting from linebacker to wideout for his final two college seasons, tallying a career 101-1,800-14 (17.8 YPR) receiving line and topping 100 yards in 4-of-12 games last year. Lane turned more heads with 76th-percentile SPARQ results at the Combine. The son of a former first-round NBA pick, Lane is a freaky athlete for his size and has natural hands, committing only four drops in 2016. Lane will likely focus on special teams initially, but he offers longer-range upside as an H-back/slot/red-zone presence. Phillip Walker, QB, Temple Darrell Daniels, TE, Washington Daniels (6’3/247) made 18 starts in four years as a Huskie, managing a career 47-728-5 (15.5 YPR) receiving line and earning honorable mention All-Pac 12 as a senior. Daniels had just two career drops. Although Daniels never reached 20 catches in a college season, he is an elite athlete for the position with 4.55 speed and long arms (34 ½”). Daniels also played special teams throughout college, which should help his bid for an early-career roster spot. Recruited to Washington as a wideout, Daniels offers developmental upside as a “move” tight end. Deyshawn Bond, OL, Cincinnati Brandon Radcliff, RB, Louisville Jhaustin Thomas, DE, Iowa State Bug Howard, WR, North Carolina Howard (6’4/221) arrived at UNC as a decorated high school recruit, only to labor through his first three seasons before breaking out for a 53-827-8 (15.6 YPR) senior-year receiving line with Mitch Trubisky at quarterback. Howard was the Heels’ primary perimeter weapon with Ryan Switzer vacuuming targets in the slot. Howard is powerfully built with long arms (33 1/8″) and huge hands (10 3/8″). He managed a 4.58 forty at the Combine, but excelled in the vertical (37 ½”) and three-cone drill (6.95). Not a separation receiver, Howard will have to earn his NFL keep as a contested-catch winner and possession target. Colin Jeter, TE, LSU Reggie Porter, CB, Utah Justin Gibbons, CB, Aurora Martez Hester, S, Ball State Chris Lyles, DB, Mississippi College
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    This thread seems unnecessarily negative. He's not holding out, they just haven't signed him yet. He's been participating fully in team activities FYI. Tons of draft picks around the league haven't been signed yet. Most likely once other third rounders around him start to sign it will set his rate and he will sign. There is absolutely nothing to worry about, much less claim the kid has entitlement issues.
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    Myself & others will be keeping your phones/tablets/computers flooded with Colts news this weekend as much as possible. Gonna be a good weekend ^_^
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    Camp can't get here fast enough...
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    My problem with that is, why move a safety that can't cover to CB?
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    Ballard gets an A for his first draft. Irsay gets an A+ for hiring Ballard.
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    He misses on so many tackles so he fits right in with the Colts defense.
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    I really like this... "Hiring Chris Ballard to be the general manager made this team better immediately -- that move by itself improved the Colts' fortunes dramatically"
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    Who you callin a banana? I'm a bucket.
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    http://mmqb.si.com/mmqb/2017/05/11/indianapolis-colts-andrew-luck-chris-ballard-nfl-notebook Read the full article at the link above.
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    With the draft out of the way and things quieting down a bit, time for another ORS! Previous ORS installments ORS1: The best Indianapolis Colts team ever ORS2: Which Indianapolis Colt are you? ORS3: Dissecting the 15th overall pick ORS4: Choose your contract ORS5: Which Simpsons characters are the Indianapolis Colts? In today's installment, we're going to look at two things people don't really associate with one another: Peyton Manning and trash-talking. 5 great Peyton Manning trash talking moments When you think of football’s great trash talkers, you think of guys like Steve Smith Sr. or John Randle; you aren’t likely to put Peyton Manning atop your trash talking list. Peyton Manning is one of the good guys. He’s got a clean-cut image, stays out of trouble, is one of the best to ever lace them up, and does a lot of community work. But despite his classy character, professional athletes are some of the most competitive people on the planet. Sometimes, that competitive nature comes out and you can’t help but talk a little smack to someone and shut down them. Some trash talkers just talk and you don’t take them seriously. But when a guy talks some smack and backs it up, that’s when they get in your head. Peyton Manning was one of those guys. He wouldn’t talk trash that much, but when he did, you knew you had poked the bear too much. These are some of the best Peyton Manning trash talking moments during his professional career. Keep in mind there are many sources I used for the quotes, so while they may not be the exact quote that was said in the moment, they deliver the same message. 1. Before the draft Leading up to the 1998 NFL Draft, the Colts had the first overall pick and had to decide between Ryan Leaf and Peyton Manning. Leaf had all the physical tools. He was big, strong, fast, athletic, and had a cannon for an arm. On the other hand, Peyton was seen as someone who was more technically and mentally sound, but had perhaps reached his ceiling and wouldn’t improve much over the course of his NFL career. Less than a week before the draft, Peyton Manning goes to talk to Bill Polian. Polian’s reputation was well-established. This guy knows how to build a winning football team. He had built a Super Bowl team in Buffalo and took Carolina to the NFC Championship Game in their 2nd year of existence! Despite his reputation and status as one of the league’s better executives, Peyton looked at Bill Polian before leaving and said “Look, I’d actually like to play here. But if you don’t take me with the number one pick, I promise you I’m going to kick your * for the next 15 years”. What?!? A 22 year old, who hasn’t even made it to the NFL yet, just told one of the league’s best executives that he’s going to kick his * for 15 years if they don’t take him first overall. I don’t know of anyone else who has gone to a job interview and told the CEO “if you don’t hire me, I’m going to your competitor and we’re going to kick your * for rest of my career”. The best part of all of this? Peyton backed his words up 100%. 2. Tiger Woods Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning are good friends. The two golf together and Woods has even been seen on the Colts sidelines. Several years ago, Tiger Woods was atop the golf world, ranked as the #1 golfer with Phil Mickelson as the #2. Peyton used this in his offenses during his time in Indy. Known for his many creative audibles, Peyton used a call of “Tiger” to indicate that the ball was to be snapped on 1 and a call of “Phil” meant the ball was to be snapped on 2. Woods knew of this and really enjoyed it. Later, Peyton hit free agency and signed with the Broncos. After his first season with the Broncos, Woods and Peyton were talking and Woods asked “What’s the biggest difference between the Colts’ offense and the Broncos’ offense?” Peyton replied “it’s pretty similar. The main difference is it’s now ‘McIlroy’ on 1 and ‘Tiger’ on 2” 3. Darius Slay Before their week 3 matchup in 2015, Darius Slay, defensive back for the Detroit Lions, said if he intercepts a Peyton Manning throw, he’s going to make Peyton sign it “right then, on the spot” and that Slay would even have a pen in his pocket ready to go. Fast forward to the end of the second quarter of the game. Broncos’ ball, they’re up 7-6, it's 4th and 1 from the Lions’ 46 yard line with 13 seconds left in the half. With Darius Slay covering Demaryius Thomas, Peyton decides to attack this matchup. If Slay wants the signature, here’s his chance to earn it. When the play unfolds, Slay ends up in a perfect position to make the pick. But this is Peyton Manning we're talking about. Manning threw the ball and put it where only Thomas could get it. 4th and 1 near the end of the half and they target Slay to move the chains. Slay had another chance to pick a ball off later, but similarly to the throw with Thomas, Peyton put the ball where only Emmanuel Sanders could get it. Broncos win, Slay gets 0 picks despite being targeted a few times, and Peyton talks smack without saying a word. 4. DJ Swearinger The Broncos and Texans held joint practices during the 2014 preseason. During the week of practices, DJ Swearinger, a known agitator, picked off Peyton and let the world know. Then he said the Houston offense was overpowering the Denver defense, running the ball down their throats all practice. He even threw a punch at Demaryius Thomas during the practices. Fast forward a few days to their preseason tilt, Swearinger ended up hitting a defenseless Wes Welker in the head. This gave Welker - a guy with a significant history of concussions - another concussion, forcing him to leave the game; Swearinger received a penalty. This was completely uncalled for. It's a pre-season game and Swearinger was considered by some to be a dirty player. There's no need for him to hit a player in the head, especially a guy with a concussion history, and especially not in the pre-season. Peyton had enough. Immediately after the hit, Peyton went over and said some words to Swearinger. On the very next play, Peyton throws a perfect pass to Emmanuel Sanders for a TD and makes a beeline for Swearinger. What did Peyton say? Swearinger claims he said “F you”, Peyton says he can’t repeat what he said. Even though it was a preseason game, this was a message. Mess with my team and I’ll hit you back where it hurts. 5. Jon Gruden On October 7, 2007, the Colts played the Buccaneers in Indianapolis. The last time these two teams met, it was the great comeback game on Monday Night Football. Things were very different this time around. Peyton Manning was absolutely surgical, going 29/37 for 253 yards and 2 TDs. The running game was strong too, as Kenton Keith (remember him?) piled up 121 yards and 2 TDs on 28 carries. I wasn’t able to find a video of the game, but here’s what I found after doing some research. With the Colts leading 23-7 and on the Tampa Bay 9 yard line at the start of the 4th quarter, the Bucs decide to blitz almost everyone they have. Heck, nothing else has slowed down the Colts, why not give this a shot? Huge mistake. Peyton being Peyton, he saw what the defense was doing after the ball was snapped and quickly got the ball to Reggie Wayne for a touchdown. Peyton then runs to Jon Gruden on the sidelines and says “Are you * kidding me? You’re gonna do that to me? Are you out of your mind?!?” Up 30-7, Peyton Manning went to an opposing Super Bowl winning head coach and ridiculed the decision to blitz him. Confidence, swagger, you name it, Peyton had it. Honourable mentions: 1. The ref (any lip reading experts around?): 2. Children: While he isn't known for trash-talking, his confidence, talent, and performance gave Peyton the tools to be a great trash-talker who could back up his words and intimidate opponents in more ways than with just his arm.
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    not shocking to see a former division rival hate the team that stood in his team's way in terms of success. Just ignore it and move on.
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    I feel like we got the best safety and at WORST, the 2nd best corner with our first 2 picks. I'm ecstatic.

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