Legend of Luck

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  1. It's crazy to me that he holds the Ohio State team record for pick 6s...and he only started one year.
  2. I'm big on Kazee and like Shaq Griffin in the later rounds.
  3. I think CB is so insanely deep, we can get starters in the 4th. I think OLB is a must for round 2.
  4. This video is incredible and makes me SO excited about our defense this year. My favorite nugget from this video: Hooker was on the Ohio State scout team in 2015, and had FORTY interceptions in practice. It may just be practice...but...FORTY is INSANE. This guy is gonna be a stud.
  5. I think that means, "the second one"?
  6. If you switch Foster with Reddick and Jones with Whitherspoon, then that first mock is pretty clean.
  7. If he gets back to form, we get a top 10 talent in the third. I'll take that chance.
  8. So, this mock is based around players who COULD be available at each pick, and the players that I want us to draft the most. I'm not saying that it's likely that they'll be there, but there is more than a fair chance. The first mock is without trades, the second is with trades. I used Todd McShay's Final Rankings to see who may be available near our pick. The picks on the left are more hopeful picks, while the picks on the right are more likely based on McShay's board. MOCK 1 Round 1- 15- Reuben Foster ILB- 92 Grade or Haasan Reddick ILB- 92 Grade Round 2- 46- T.J. Watt OLB- 87 Grade (Ranked at 37 OVR) or Ryan Anderson OLB- 81 Grade (Ranked at 55 OVR) Round 3- 80- Sidney Jones CB- 79 Grade (Ranked at 65 OVR) or Ahkello Whitherspoon CB- 74 Grade (Ranked at 85 OVR) Round 4- 121- Shaq Griffin CB- 67 Grade (Ranked at 127 OVR) 137- Cordrea Tankersly CB- 63 Grade (Ranked at 138 OVR) 144- Jamaal Williams RB- 62 Grade (Ranked at 143 OVR) Round 5- 158- Jeremy McNicols RB- 60 Grade (Ranked at 153 OVR) ILB, OLB, CB, CB, CB, RB, RB So, I went with 3 Corners and no DL. May be controversial to some, but I feel like we need more help in the secondary than we do at DL. I also went with 2 RBs. Each have different skill sets, (Williams is more of a power back, whereas McNicols has been compared to Pierre Thomas) and they could both be assets on Offense. MOCK 2 In this mock, we keep our 1st round pick, but trade back with Denver in the second round to acquire another 3rd round pick. Then we package a third round pick and a 4th round pick to trade up into the the 1st pick of the third round with Cleveland. Round 1- 15- Reuben Foster ILB- 92 Grade or Haasan Reddick ILB- 92 Grade Round 2- 51- Joe Mixon RB- 84 Grade (Ranked at 47 OVR) Round 3- 65- Tim Williams OLB- 80 Grade (Ranked at 60 OVR) or Derek Rivers OLB- 77 Grade (Ranked at 70 OVR) 82- Sidney Jones CB- 79 Grade (Ranked at 65 OVR) or Ahkello Whitherspoon CB- 74 Grade (Ranked at 85 OVR) Round 4- 137- Shaq Griffin CB- 67 Grade (Ranked at 127 OVR) 144- Cordrea Tankersly CB- 63 Grade (Ranked at 138 OVR) Round 5- 158- Eddie Vanderdoes DT- 61 Grade (Ranked at 149 OVR) ILB, RB, OLB, CB, CB, CB, DT I'm not sure how likely this is, but it IS plausible. If our draft looked like either one of these, I'd be ecstatic. Tell me what you think.
  9. You are 100% dead wrong about Kelly and run blocking. That's a strength of his. I have no clue where you came up with that...
  10. I guess the bottom line for me is that, ultimately, I trust Chris Ballard. If we take Lamp in the first, it's because he thinks that's what we needed. Regardless, I'm not going to be upset about that. I'm going to trust his judgement until he gives me a reason not to.
  11. I believe at the start of the season, our 5 were A.C., Mewhort, Kelly, Good, Reitz. Mewhort, Good, and Reitz all missed significant time. Haeg was exposed in pass protection. Harrison was terrible every time he played. Hugh Thorton is definitely not good. And Clark wasn't ready till the last few games. So yes, it's 100% about depth behind our starters.
  12. 2 things. 1. Our O-line was ranked 25th mostly due to injury. We lost Mewhort for a big chunk of the season and wasn't at his best when he returned. Denzelle Good missed time all year with a plethora of injuries. And Clark wasn't ready to play till the end of the year. Edit: Joe Reitz, our starting RT was banged up all year too. So that 25th ranking is a bit misleading. 2. I think Ballard wants the O-line to be as good as we do, so if he DOESN'T take O-line early, then I trust that he has faith in our current guys.
  13. You dont think that Haeg or Good could fix those issues?
  14. Here's the direct quote. "Top overall grade: LT Anthony Castonzo, 84.2 (No. 20) LT Anthony Castonzo had a good season, especially as a run blocker..." Mabye I should have said "good" instead of "really strong." My apologies.
  15. I wanted to create a topic where we could discuss the facts that were presented in Stampede Blue's film breakdown of our current Offensive lineman and some info I pulled from PFF, and hopefully get a better understanding of what it is they do well and where they need to improve. I see a lot of people that post here that have some misconceptions about each player, and these film breakdowns may clear up some of that, so that we can have a more appropriate discussion on what to do in the draft and where we stand as a team. So, for the sake of saving time, I put a link to all the articles below, and summarized the main takeaways from each. (Everything below was taken from the articles I've linked, none of it is my own deductions or thoughts.) PFF Offensive Line Rankings- Colts Ranked 25th Overall- The most interesting bit of information from this was that they felt Castonzo had a really strong year, and that our original starting 5 were far superior to ANY combination we used when we had to account for injuries. Anthony Castonzo - PFF 20th Ranked LT Strengths- Good awareness, athletic and strong, good ability to anchor, wins most of the time when he initiates contact. Weaknesses- Way too inconsistent, sometimes utilizes poor technique, susceptible to bull rushes Pass Protection- Good Run Blocking- Good- (PFF ranked Castonzo as our top rated run blocker) Upside- If he can work on his technique, he can become the top level LT that we need him to be, and that he was a few years ago. Overall- Solid Starter Jack Mewhort Strengths- Everything- Athletic, intelligent, great in both pass protection and run blocking. Mewhort should be a rock on our O-line for years. Weaknesses- Very little, occasionally released a block too early. Pass Protection- High Quality Run Blocking- High Quality Upside- Perennial Pro-Bowler Overall- High Quality Starter Joe Haeg at RG and Joe Haeg at RT Strengths- Very mobile, able to get to and be effective at the second level, good technique, like Castonzo he wins most of the time that he initiates contact, good run blocker Weaknesses- Very poor anchor that becomes a major liability in pass protection, not physically strong enough to beat some defenders when asked to "hold the line," victim of making some mental errors that could be attributed to being a rookie Pass Protection- Below Average Run Blocking- Good Upside- If he is able to add strength in the weightroom and develop a stronger anchor, Haeg could be a strong starter at RG or RT in the future. But until he can add strength and develop his anchor, his ceiling is very limited. Overall- Back-Up with upside. Le'Raven Clark Strengths- In his rookie season, Clark showed flashes of being a High Quality Starter. Incredible athlete, great anchor, long arms and strong hands, can shadow defenders well, athletic enough to get to the second level in the run game. Weaknesses- In his rookie season, made some mental errors, susceptible to being beat with leverage when he punches and pushes off instead of locking on. Pass Protection- Good Run Blocking- Good Upside- As he develops, Clark could become our future LT if Castonzo doesn't improve. This upcoming year could be a breakout year for Clark. Overall- Solid Starter Denzelle Good- Pass blocking and run blocking Strengths- The biggest and perhaps strongest lineman on the roster, can win one-on-one in pass protection and run blocking, great anchor, viscous at the point of attack, mauler and brutish run blocker, wins more often than not Weaknesses- Lacks technique in certain areas such as dealing with speed rush, releases blocks too quickly on occasion, not very mobile in the run game, loses his balance in both the run game and passing game Pass Protection- Good Run Blocking- Good Upside- Good has the ability to be our starting RG if he can develop his technique, work on keeping his balance, and potentially drop weight in order to become more mobile in the run game. Hopefully, with help from Joe Philbin, as he enters his 3rd season, he shows improvement in those areas and can put a strangle hold on the RG spot. Overall- Solid Starter ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Missing from this list is obviously Kelly, but we all know he's a stud and is going to be our starting Center for years to come. Also, there is no info on newly signed Brian Schwenke. Using this information, I think we can see that there is a ton of upside with our current roster. Kelly, Mewhort, and Le'Raven Clark look to be the real deal. Denzelle Good has size and strength that cannot be taught. If he can work on his technique a bit he could become a huge asset for us. Same thing with Haeg. Haeg shows very good technique, and if he can add some strength and develop a strong anchor (easier said than done, I know) I think Haeg could turn into an All-Pro RG or RT. And if we can get Castonzo back to the level he was playing at before, then we're all set at LT and RT. I bring a lot of this up because I know the media has made a big deal about the Colts spending a high draft pick on OL. Now, I was all for trying to sign one of the top Free Agent Guards, because we had the money, but I think we have more pressing needs to address in the draft. Good is starting his 3rd year, Haeg and Clark are entering their second. If these guys can take some big steps forward and can STAY HEALTHY, our line could be leaps and bounds better. Personally, looking at the information above, I think it would be a mistake to use anything more than a 4th round pick on another lineman. And as a side note, the O-line has been in Indy working together, training and in the weight room for a lot of the off-season. That gives me even more hope, especially for a player like Haeg.

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