2013 and 2014, although Rhodes would have been a GREAT pick for the Colts, has absolutely NOTHING to do with Dorsett since he was taken in 2015. I think if you are going to knock the pick, you need to have a better solution for what the Colts could have had that is relevant. Really, there aren't many guys taken after Dorsett that have done much from a pass rushing perspective, which is the obvious achilles heel in Indy. If you are talking about guys at other positions, say safety, I'd listen to the argument but I doubt they would have the kind of impact they so desperately need at pass rusher. Imagine what just one "werewolf" (to use a Chuck-ism) would do for this defense! Therefore, I'm focusing on those players, taken in the 1st 2 rounds after Dorsett.
#31 Stephone Anthony, LB Saints.........1 sack in 18 games
#32 Malcom Brown, DT Pats.............5 sacks in 23 games (better but not great for a 1st rounder, right?).
#3 (#35) Mario Edwards, DE Oakland........2 sacks in 14 games last year; is on IR this year
#6 (#38) Preston Smith, DE Redskins........9.5 sacks in 23 games. Pretty good, this one would be tough to argue against taking him over Dorsett. I believe he was like the 2nd or 3rd best DE prospect as well. Miss by Grigs there.
#7 (#39) Eddie Goldman, DT Bears.........5 sacks in 17 games. So-so. Been out for a month with a bad ankle.
#11 (43) Benardrick McKinney, ILB Houston........ Just 4 sacks in 21 games.
#12 (44) Hau'oli Kikaha, OLB Saints.........4 sacks in 15 games, is on PUP from torn ACL in June.
#13 (45) Eric Kendricks, ILB Vikings...........I like him, lots of tackles, but only 4 sacks in 20 games. I'd still take him though.
#16 (48) Denzel Perryman, ILB Chargers.......3 sacks in 20 games.
#19 (51) Nate Orchard, DE Browns..........3 sacks in 18 games. I believe he is a backup and is on IR.
#20 (52) Jordan Phillips, DT Dolphins.........2.5 sacks in 22 games. Not much else.
#26 (58) Markus Golden, DE Cardinals.........10 sacks in 22 games. VERY productive, wasn't rated that high though (#9 DE prospect by NFL.com)
#28 (60) Randy Gregory, OLB Cowboys........Has as many sacks as I have. Suspended right now.
#31 (63) Frank Clark, DE Seahawks.........7.5 sacks in 20 games. Pretty good value for where they got him. However, not ranked in top 10 prospects. Good find by Seahawks.
This is the first two rounds after Dorsett. I think you can really only say maybe 3 of those guys, Preston Smith, Markus Golden, and Frank Clark would have helped the Colts' pass rush and been a better pick. Of those 3, only Smith was highly rated at his position. You could perhaps make an argument for Eddie Goldman or Malcom Brown, but it's not clear-cut by any means. They aren't any more proven than Dorsett at this point in their young careers.
For the record, I wanted Safety Landon Collins (1st pick, round 2) in this draft. He has been playing well of late, but wouldn't have done much to fix the pass rush problem, and I sort of like our young safeties right now. Preston Smith is the obvious answer to the question, "Who should the Colts have selected with that pick instead of Dorsett?" Highly rated at his position, he is proving his worth on the field, and has played in about every game and seems durable. Other than him, I'm not sure you can find another guy that fits that mold. Perhaps Markus Golden, but I believe he was projected in rounds 2-3.
Hah, no worries, appreciate a different perspective. To be fair, he's changed a lot since his earlier tape(he missed 2015, so you must have seen 2014 or 2013 tape - don't know which ones you watched). This year he looks like a different player. He was a kid before and looks like a man right now. He took a year off to deal with personal issues and he seems to have worked a lot on his body and physical development. You can also see more wiggle and much crispier cuts now than before IMO.
Here's his tape against Michigan state this year:
And against Toledo(5TDs, ~280 yards)
Please do give feedback whenever you are able to watch the tape. I'd be interested to hear if you see the changes I see, or if it's all in my head and influenced heavily by the huge numbers he's putting.