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  1. Unless I just missed it somehow I didn't see anyone talking about Bruno's take on the Colts' draft on the 1070 The Fan website Bruno has an interesting take on things. He sees the most pressing needs as interior offensive line, wide receiver, nose tackle, inside linebacker and free safety. I've been following everyone's take on the draft here and like a lot of the scenarios I've seen. I'd just like to hear a few points of view on this one. Here are a few highlights from the article. SECOND ROUND (No. 59 overall): WIDE RECEIVER Two players widely projected as first-rounders did not post impressive 40 times at the combine, which could benefit the Colts. Allen Robinson of Penn State ran a 4.6 and Jarvis Landry of LSU a 4.75, although his time was at least partially attributable to a calf injury. THIRD ROUND (90): INSIDE LINEBACKER An ideal fit could be Stanford’s Shayne Skov – and not just because of his collegiate choice. At 6-2, 245, Skov has played in a similar 3-4 scheme and his strengths match up well with the Colts’ needs. Stanford’s defense was stout against the run and Skov not only played a key role, he was also a superb signal caller, another area the Colts could use a boost. Another possibility might be Wisconsin’s Chris Borland, a high-motor player who is very aggressive but at 5-11 lacks prototypical size. Louisville’s Preston Brown is a 262-pound force to be considered. FIFTH ROUND (154): NOSE TACKLE Arkansas State’s Ryan Carrethers fits the profile. At 6-1, 329, he is extremely strong and as a former wrestler has enough agility to win one-on-one battles. Also has a strong reputation for work ethic, which bodes well for his future. Another possibility is Justin Ellis of Louisiana Tech, another very big body but not as finely tuned as Carrethers. SIXTH ROUND (187): FREE SAFETY This deep in the draft, you’re not likely to find a step-in starter, so the priority is identifying potential, and that could lead to Wisconsin’s Dezmen Southward, who has the size and speed but lacks instincts and fluidity, in part because he didn’t start playing football until his senior year of high school. Three players who spent time at both cornerback and safety in college could also be on the board: Marqueston Huff of Wyoming, Jemea Thomas of Georgia Tech and Dontae Johnson of N.C. State. SEVENTH ROUND (209): PUNTER With Pat McAfee also heading to free agency and likely to command a higher price than the Colts can afford to pay at this position, it might be a good idea to take a look at Memphis’ Tom Hornsey, Iowa State’s Kirby Van Der Kamp, or Alabama’s Cody Mandell. http://blogs.1070thefan.com/2014/02/25/projecting-colts-picks-priorities-in-nfl-draft/
  2. 24 D.J. Fluker OT Alabama Sr.6-5339 We had to stop Fluker's slide, because he's too good a prospect to slip any further down the board (sorry, No. 26 Green Bay). The Colts have other more pressing needs on defense, but even with free agent right offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus signed this offseason, Indy general manager Ryan Grigson doesn't seem like the type to pass on this level of quality at this value. And perhaps Fluker's presence can be used to get the best out of underachieving left tackle Anthony Castonzo. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nfl/news/20130417/2013-nfl-mock-draft-6/?sct=uk_t11_a7 How would this work for us if he turns out to be correct? Would Fluker or Castonzo move to guard or would one win out over the other? Interesting proposition none the less...
  3. Jim Irsay tweeted we had another signing and the link leads to an article about a former Penn State Linebacker named Michael Mauti. http://blogs.colts.com/?icampaign=blog_ind_menutext Anybody know anything about him?
  4. I saw one topic about under the radar free agents but it wasn't about this article on the CBS Sports NFL site. Pete Prisco lists out 10 FAs he feels have high value but haven't received a lot of recognition up to this point in their careers. Some of them were listed in the other under the radar post and some weren't. He spends a lot of time on the Arizona CB Toler but lists out Tony Carter of Denver as well. The article lists 4 DTs, 1 OLB, 1 Guard, 1 RB and one Full Back/Tight End. Kind of an interesting read for this time of year... http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/21701145/undertheradar-free-agents-cb-toler-tops-list-of-highvalue-guys
  5. Did anybody see this article on the CBS Sports website? Clark Judge is making a case for BA to get a head coaching chance somewhere. Arians should be on somebody's short list of coaching candidates By Clark Judge | Senior NFL Columnist December 11, 2012 3:52 pm ET http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/clark-judge/21363315/arians-should-be-on-somebodys-short-list-of-coaching-candidates Selfishly, I hope it doesn't happen...
  6. I got comped two tickets to yesterday's game by my company. They were in the COLTS end zone section 101 10 rows up. I could almost see the sweat on the players' brows. Luck scored his first TD right in front of me. The Cleveland receiver dropped the potential game winner right in front of me too. All things considered they were great seats. The sun was shining right on my face and it felt like a June day. We actually had a running game going. Whether it was short yardage or early downs we actually were moving the ball on the ground. Nice... Fleener made a couple of great catches and looked comfortable and engaged. Oh yeah, did I mention he's TALL? Our D looked rugged at times but stepped up and made some stops when they were needed. I would like to have seen Weeden sacked a time or two but they stopped the run like we haven't seen in a long time. Luck made some bad plays but he looked pretty good for a kid in his sixth professional game. Think about it...his SIXTH professional game. There were a a couple of Cowboy fans sitting in front of me. Why they were at a Colts game against the Browns and listening to the Boys' game on radios is beyond me but the people around us gave them some good natured ribbing but weren't the slightest bit mean. Browns fans were in our midst acting like true dog pounders and everyone smiled and talked with them. They seemed a little stunned and amazed. Colts fans are class acts... Browns fans were walking around down town after the game thanking everyone in Colts gear for helping them secure the number one pick in the next draft...too funny. Luck is good...don't let anybody try to tell you any differently. I highly recommend springing for good seats if you can and enjoying a game at Lucas.
  7. There is a simple little poll on the CBS Sportsline NFL page that speaks volumes about how far the Colts have already progressed in the national mind set. CBS is polling visitors to vote for the NFL's worst team and the Colts are not even mentioned in the list of 6. A baby step I know and subjective at best but they're obviously perceived as headed in the right direction. By the way, as I write this Cleveland and Jacksonville are tied for first at 29% each. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl Who is the NFL's worst team? Browns Jaguars Chiefs Panthers Titans Raiders
  8. This is great info...thanks to you all. The prospect of a 3 or a 4 helps the outlook a little anyway doesn't it?
  9. I have been away from the board for a while. Ever since Grigson traded the second round pick to upgrade the cornerback position I have been trying to remember... 1) Won't the Colts get a compensatory pick for Garcon? 2) If they do isn't it based on the offer they tendered to him? 3) If so, does anyone know where the offer he refused would slate the pick? I was wondering if the front office was a little more willing to deal the number two pick knowing they had a decent compensatory pick waiting in the wings. I know, a little "out of the box" for cut down day and this topic may have been discussed at the time of the trade but this has been gnawing at me ever since the trade went down. Thanks for any info
  10. It looks like the Steelers really are thinking trade. They signed their number two receiver Antonio Brown to a 5 year $42.5 million extension. The insider rumor board says they are showing Wallace they'll only talk with players that are in camp. Here's a really interesting quote: "Do not be surprised if Steelers trade Mike Wallace during training camp," Dulac tweeted. "They no longer believe they can sign him long term." The article on Wallace and the Steelers is the last one down when you click the link. http://insider.espn....features/rumors
  11. Okay, I didn't see anything posted about this article on CBSSports.com. It's a speculative piece about the coming NFL season and has a positive spin on the whole Luck versus RGIII debate. Oh yeah, item 3 discusses the Broncos outlook with some new quarterback they picked up during the off season as well...just in case you might be interested. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/19643034/ten-burning-questions-repeat-giants-luck-or-rg3-mile-high-manning 2. Who has more immediate success -- Andrew Luck or RG3? Andrew Luck is the more ready of the two to step in and take over a pro huddle. He was trained in a pro-style offense at Stanford, and he thrived in it. But he doesn't have the experience around him that Griffin does in Washington. Nor does he have a head coach like Mike Shanahan, who loves to develop young quarterbacks. Still, I say Luck has more immediate success for two reasons: 1) His background in a pro-style offense and 2) the schedule. Five of Washington's first eight opponents are playoff teams, including the defending Super Bowl champions, and three of Griffin's first four starts are on the road. Now compare that to what's ahead for Luck: Three of his first four games are at home and only one of the Colts' first nine opponents made last year's playoffs -- with only two of those nine producing winning records. Then there's this: Luck's favorite receiver at Stanford, tight end Coby Fleener, is one of his targets in Indianapolis. If you're looking for the early edge -- and we are -- Luck has it.
  12. This is an interesting read about next season and the impact rookies should/could have on it. Top Impact Rookies for 2012 NFL Season By Will Brinson | Senior NFL Blogger June 26, 2012 8:09 am ET http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/19424114/top-impact-rookies-for-2012-nfl-season 9. Andrew Luck, QB, Colts: Luck will end up being more efficient than Peyton Manning was his rookie year. But he won't be as prolific. That's just Luck's style. But he'll have nice numbers. Those numbers, however, will be helped by a trio of other rookies: Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen and T.Y. Hilton all will help Luck make an impact (not to mention Reggie Wayne and Austin Collie) in his first season. The Colts won't open up Luck guns-a-blazing either. That wasn't his style at Stanford and it won't be his style early on in the NFL. He'll get his production, but it'll be smart production. The problem is, the Colts won't sniff the playoffs next year, though they may end up sniffing six or seven wins -- Indy did enough in April to be competitive offensively.
  13. This is an interesting article at ESPN.com. It lists the players they see taking their game to the next level this season. Number 5 = Pat Angerer Top 10 AFC breakout players Darrius Heyward-Bey, Joe Haden among players who could have big seasons Originally Published: June 7, 2012By Gary Horton | Scouts Inc. http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8020223/nfl-top-10-breakout-players-afc-2012 5. Pat Angerer, ILB, Indianapolis Colts He stepped in a year ago because of injuries and he played surprisingly well at MLB in their 4-3 defense. He was consistent and his production was outstanding, as he recorded 148 tackles. He has played inside and outside, and now he will settle at ILB in their new 3-4 look. He is a three-down player with excellent range, tackling skills and ball location, and even though his cover skills are only adequate, he is good enough to stay on the field on third down.
  14. Bucky Brooks at NFL.com is a believer the Colts will be a better team this year than the other talking heads are giving them credit to be. Andrew Luck-led Colts will be much better than you think in 2012 The more things change, the more they stay the same. That's what opponents will soon realize after facing Andrew Luck and a rebuilt Indianapolis Colts offense that is eerily similar to the unit that dominated the AFC for more than a decade. Although the loss of Peyton Manning and the images of a dismal 2011 campaign make it difficult to imagine a swift turnaround for the Colts, I believe the pieces are in place for the team to quickly rejoin the ranks of the elite, particularly on offense. Here are three reasons why the Colts' offense will be much better than anyone thinks in 2012: 1) Luck's wealth of college experience will lead to instant success as a pro. 2) Bruce Arians is a masterful developer of young quarterbacks. 3) The Colts are building an "old school" offense that will be problematic for opponents.
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