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  1. Why isn't Darrius Heyward-Bey on this list? He was so amazing!
  2. Not a bad article. And it agrees with what I've been increasingly thinking about this DL class anyway. This is a deep class. But it's not a generational class, top heavy with a boat load of game changers. Everybody on this list has got that "yeah, but" clause attached to him. This guy is amazing, but he's a freak athlete playing against low competition. This guy is a beast, but he's got slow feet, and a small play radius. This guy has amazing quickness, but he doesn't have the strength to hold up against a serious push. This guy is pretty good at everything, but not exceptional at anything. I think there's talent here. Talent that's worthy of one of our top-50 picks. But you gotta pick wisely. It's very possible to screw it up. Will be watching all of these guys at the combine. Check that. NEED to watch all of these guys at the combine.
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    What can we learn from the pats??

    The Patriots win based on four principles: 1 - Take away what your opponent does best. This has already been well documented over and over. If your opponent has a great receiver, then you double that receiver and don't let them catch anything. If you rely on your quarterback, they harass him endlessly, not allowing him any chance to get any kind of rhythm. You are gonna have to beat them with your third option. If you do, they'll tip their hat and congratulate you. But you're gonna have to do it first. 2 - Don't ever, ever, ever beat yourself. They minimize mistakes to the point of frustration. No holding calls. No false starts. No offsides. Take the sack rather than risk the interception. Play to perfection. 3 - Make the most of everything. Don't waste time hopping or skipping, trying to juke your opponent, stopping your own momentum. From the moment you have the ball, you race forwards. Forwards as fast as you can with all your power. Allow your momentum to gain that extra yard and a half. Squeeze as much as you can out of every opportunity. 4 - Take full advantage of everything the officials allow you to do. This is often interpreted as "cheating". Is it cheating if they allow it? If they allow you to be obscure in your injury reports, then be obscure, until they don't allow it anymore. If they're not calling holding, then hold on every play until they call it. If they're not calling pass interference, then interfere continually until they call it. It's not cheating. It's playing without integrity. Integrity means not doing what they would have allowed anyway. I'm not saying I recommend this; I'm saying this is what they do. "Their main weapon is intimidation. They know they're going to win. And so do their opponents." -- Kurt Russell as Herb Brooks, "Miracle"
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    Let's talk DT's

    Where does Rashan Gary rank in your list?
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    PFF's Top 5 Graded Colts 2018 - Offense

    Here's the list, resorted: #1 - Andrew Luck, QB, 91.2 #2 - TY Hilton, WR, 87.7 #3 - Darius Leonard, OLB, 81.8 #4 - Mike Mitchell, S, 81.1 #5 - Malik Hooker, S, 79.7 #6 - Pierre Desir, CB, 77.7 #7 - Anthony Castonzo, T, 76.8 #8 - Quenton Nelson, G, 76.7 #9 - Jihad Ward, DT, 75.7 #10 - Hassan Ridgeway, DT, 73.9 #11 - Jack Doyle, TE, 73.0 #12 - Dontrell Inman, WR, 72.3 #13 - Braden Smith, T, 71.4 #14 - Margus Hunt, DT, 71.4 #15 - Nyheim Hines, RB, 71.3 #16 - Evan Boehm, C, 70.7 #17 - Quincey Wilson, CB, 70.4 #18 - Marlon Mack, RB, 70.3 #19 - Mo Alie-Cox, TE, 70.2 #20 - Ryan Kelly, C, 70.1 #21 - Jabaal Sheard, DE, 70.0 #22 - Denico Autry, DT, 69.9 #23 - Kenny Moore II, CB, 69.2 #24 - Mark Glowinski, G, 68.9 #25 - Le'Raven Clark, T, 67.9 #26 - Clayton Geathers, S, 67.4 #27 - Eric Ebron, TE, 66.9 #28 - Matt Slauson, G, 66.8 #29 - Matthias Farley, S, 66.4 #30 - Jordan Wilkins, RB, 65.1 #31 - J'Marcus Webb, T, 64.5 #32 - Al-Quadin Muhammad, DE, 64.4 #33 - Chester Rogers, WR, 63.1 #34 - Kemoko Turay, DE, 62.9 #35 - George Odum, S, 61.9 #36 - Al Woods, DT, 61.2 #37 - Anthony Walker, ILB, 61.1 #38 - Ryan Grant, WR, 59.1 #39 - Zach Pascal, WR, 59.1 #40 - Joe Haeg, G, 58.8 #41 - Ran Hewitt, TE, 56.9 #42 - Zaire Franklin, LB, 53.9 #43 - Tyquan Lewis, DE, 53.2 #44 - Grover Stewart, DT, 52.8 #45 - Matthew Adams, LB, 52.4 #46 - Nate Hairston, CB, 51.6 #47 - Najee Goode, OLB, 38.4
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    PFF's Top 5 Graded Colts 2018 - Offense

    Because Kelly may be better, but he just can't seem to stay on the field?
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    If they're available...

    I like Rashan Gary, too. Although I have a concern that he may have more talent than motivation. We'll see.
  8. Yup. This is what I'm talking about. What happens if there's a run on D-linemen, and the guys you want are no longer there? You take the BPA with the highest impact you can.
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    Why draft another Edge Rusher?

    I agree with you. We just drafted Lewis and Turay, and they both came as advertised: Lewis - Highly skilled and dependable, but without a true Difference Maker ability that would make anybody afraid. Turay - Tremendous upfield burst and twitch, but raw and unrefined, and needs to work on his game to finish at the QB. Injury risk. They both need to season a bit, and fully earn starting spots. Regarding the rest of the DL, Sheard, Autry, Hunt, and Woods have little functional future ahead of them. Give them 2 years, tops. That's about it. Ridgeway is a good rotating depth guy, but he's not been able to claim a starting position after three years. If we had our pick of whatever we wanted at 26, I think it would need to be an impact DT3 like Wilkins or Gary.
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    If they're available...

    I agree with your list. And of all of them, I hope Wilkins drops to us. But I'm also concerned if there's a 1st round run on DL before it gets to us at 26. If that happens, there's bound to be a player or two that's a true Difference Maker that would have been drafted already, and dropped. We need to be prepared to take that player, even if they're not at a Need position. It's hard enough to find Difference Makers at 26!
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    Colts have fired OL coach Dave DeGuglielmo

    Although I disagree with you (I think it did stem directly from the Good situation), I just gotta give love to someone who uses Occam's Razor. Props!
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    Colts away schedule is brutal

    We cannot beat them here or there, We cannot beat them anywhere, Our schedule leaves us in a jam, I do not like it, Sam I Am....
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    Colts away schedule is brutal

    If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. Here. There. Anywhere.
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    Thanks Everyone!

    It's been a great year, and the team doesn't have any reason to hang their heads. Lots better than last year, 4-12, fired coach, bad roster, wondering if the Golden Boy will ever play again, and counting the days until the Combine. We did good, lads. Go home. Stay warm. Take a few days off. Come back next week for end of season meetings. And go have yourselves a good offseason.
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    Colts @ Chiefs 2019 AFC Divisional Round Playoff Game Thread

    Shades of 2002, when the Jets beat us 41-0