Could it be that Bird and a few other NBA GMs and coaches don't think Lance is worth the effort? Just because someone is liked by a few fans who just remember what Lance did a few years ago does not mean it relates to what teams are looking for in todays game? Bird and the Pacers gave Lance every opportunity and chance to be a star in this league and Lance blew it by chasing what he thought he wanted. I don't quite get the obsession with Lance when he didn't improve after leaving the Pacers. I don't dislike Lance but I do have the capabilities to face reality.
I don't know if they'll be great, my money says prolly not, but I don't think they need to be. The problem was the offense last year. If they are back to form this is a playoff team, plain and simple. The defense improving would get them over the hump into Superbowl caliber. So if Superbowl caliber is what you are expecting, then yes you should be worried. If getting back to the playoffs is what you are worried about, I wouldn't worry. Next season's draft will and should be mostly about the defense and MAY just be the one that gets us into that next level we all want.
As for positions, relative to the Colts and NOT the rest of the league in general, I like the way the DL and DB's are shaping up. I like Robinson over Toler and I think a couple of the young guys are ready to step up and play well. Smith, Geathers? The LB position is a little more up-in-the-air to me but I like some of the pieces and some of the younger guys I think will show some things. Will they get beaten and look lousy at times? Most likely. The DL, to me, is the strength. I like just about all those guys really, even Jones IF he can actually play. Not worried there at all even if he can't. They only need 3 of them at any one time anyway.