I am also pretty high on Smith.
I don't think he would have received any more attention had he gone to a different ('better') football school, as Iowa was a top 10 team last year and Kirk Ferentz is one of the most-highly respected college coaches by NFL Teams (there was a while when I thought he was going to be Colts' head coach, in fact). There was a while when Polian was very high on Iowa's program (when we drafted Bob Sanders, Dallas Clark), and I believe either Pagano or Grigs mentioned how NFL ready players from Iowa are when we drafted Blythe this year.
All that said, I think Smith is very raw. He needs much help on consistency in route running and in using his body. As you mentioned, he has the size (he is actually somewhere around 6'0" or 6'1", though, not at 6'2") where bulking up should not be a major issue, but right now he either seems to lack strength (though 13 reps of 225 at his pro day is pretty strong for a WR) or lack of knowledge of how to use his size to his advantage.
He does have the hands and the speed, I think, for sure. If he's coachable and can really improve his route-running, I could see him sticking around on the 53, but right now I'm projecting him as a practice squad player.
Way too many generalizations and inaccuracies for me.
1) It's not really true that Hilton struggles against press coverage. He actually eats press coverage up most of the time he faces it, which is why rarely anyone tries to press him. This is just the typical knock against a smallish receiver -- he's only 5'10", so he has trouble with physical coverage. Yeah, ask Brandon Browner about that... The only strategy that slows down Hilton is to bracket him with a corner underneath and a safety over the top, and if the only way to stop a receiver is to double him, then he qualifies as a true #1. If jamming him at the line was all you had to do to stop him, teams would jam him.
2) Acting like Gore and Turbin can't produce in the passing game is dumb. Gore has averaged 34 catches/year over his career, with over 8 yards/catch. He's older, so maybe he won't get that many receiving opportunities, but the Colts have a handful of younger guys who have the pass catching skill set and who will compete for the RB3/4 spots on the roster. If the Colts want to utilize backs in the passing game, they'll be able to.
3) Acting like Dwayne Allen isn't capable of producing as a pass catcher is also ridiculous. He's not Jimmy Graham, but he's been an all over the field pass catcher since Clemson. Line him up wherever you want. No reason he can't be a reasonably high volume pass catcher, especially since he's now the undisputed TE1, not sharing the role with Fleener. The writer compares Allen to Martellus Bennett, who had a 90 catch season two years ago, but averages 43 catches/year. Allen had 45 catches as a rookie. He is the droid you're looking for.
I agree with the overall premise of the article. Luck has some work to do, but the offense has to evolve in order to take better use the weapons we have and minimize the weaknesses. The previous coordinator didn't do a good job of this. Chud didn't have Luck for 6 of his 7 games, and wasn't running his preferred offense anyway. We'll see what Chud has in store, but I'm optimistic that he has a good idea of how to get this offense tuned up.
Jones, if healthy, IMO, is our best DL. I am optimistic he'll be OK because his injuries the past 2 years have happened on different ankles, he doesn't have a long history of being injury-prone (IMO, he came back too early 2 seasons ago, and last season's injury was just a freak accident), plus I'm pretty optimistic from what I hear/read about our new strength coach. Donald Thomas was weak and he was truly injury-prone (IMO).
Also, DQ has been a pro-bowler the past 2 years and has been a pretty darn good player for us. I don't see Sylvestre being an upgrade over him.
I also don't think we're going to be making any big FA signings at all for the remainder of this offseason, so I don't think saving up cap space this year will do us any real good. I could see us getting rid of him after this season, but no way can I imagine he won't be on the 53 this year.
I've decided to try and start a thing to go in depth and discuss some of the udfa's we've picked up. It always seems like we bring in a good batch of UDFA but I think this year was very good and can see a couple making the 53.
So to starts things off we will talk about a WR out of Iowa that was born in Canada, Tevaun Smith. 6'2 205 and his 40's at his pro day were 4.41 and 4.38 (Moncreifs' was 4.35 and 4.40 at the combine). He's a very gifted receiver and would have probably got alot more attention if he went to a better football school. He has impressive hands and snatches balls out of the air. I like the way he gets separation using either his speed or a quick double move. He seems very agile and he's good at playing and tracking the ball. A con though is he doesn't play very physical and he's a little light at 205 but he could easily bulk up. He was highly praised coming out of high school and has all the tools you really want in a WR, he seems to have his head on straight and appears to be a hard worker. I definitely would not mind him being #4-5 WR. An obvious and easy comparison is Moncreif and think he won have easily been worth a 5th
I'm no Profesional and there's several on here that have more knowledge than I so please take it easy on me, I would like to continue these especially since it's a lil slow on here.
When I first saw this thread, I thought I was late to the party, but then I saw that this thread has been going since 2012.
I'm still late to the party, but story of my life. I joined in 2015, but have been a Colts fan since I was a kid.
My first Colts memory is getting a hat signed by Quentin Coryatt at training camp, and that same year almost going to the SB.
My favorite Colts memory is beating the Pats to get to the SB in 2006.
1. Peyton Manning
2. Marvin Harrison
3. Reggie Wayne
4. Dallas Clark
5. Brandon Stokely
Needless to say, Peyton (#1) and everyone he threw the ball to (#2-5) won me many, many fantasy football games, and are my guys for eternity.
You might assume from my top 5 Colts that I am a "new-age" "fairweather" fan who only likes offense and points. You are wrong. I am grateful for the offensive Renaissance in Indy, but Defense is my passion. My secret top 5 Colts: Bob Sanders, Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, Cato June, Gary Brackett.
I want Henry Anderson to help lead a Defensive Renaissance in Indy. Luck and TY are great, and I hope the OLine is outstanding, but the D is the Key.
I have been posting for probably a year or so now. I reside in Brazil, IN, which is about 20 minutes East of Terre Haute on I-70. I'm 28 years old and have been a Colts fan since Harbaugh days, but really started following and rooting hard for them after they drafted Manning in 98. I love our team and my family and I make sure we are ready to rock for every game. We always have viewing parties at my father-in-laws or my house and are known to holler and scream at the TV! Hope all is well with all of you, and GO COLTS!