I could easily be wrong about this, but I think you're high on Nelson, Leonard and Smith. Maybe not by a lot, but by enough that the Colts will have more money left than you think.
***I think Q can pick the length of his deal. I'm guessing he'll have the following options. 4/60 (15) or 5/80 (16) or 6/102. (17)
***I think Leonard is looking at roughly 4/56 (14) 5/75. (15)
***I think Smith is looking at 4/50 (12.5) 5/65 (13)
The keys to all three deals are.... the signing bonus and the amount guaranteed at signing --- these two are often confused, but they are not the same.
OK...... I'm not speaking to Basham at all. Have seen zero film on him.
I was only trying to say that DL's using speed and/or power in the NFL have worked since the league began. PLayers who don't with at least one of them typically don't last long in the NFL. The ones who can win with both have long, successful careers.
More to the point, our whole defense is built on speed. Especially on the defensive front. Look at our DE's. Houston uses both speed and power. Autry uses both as he plays DE and DT. Turay is a speed guy. Banogu is a speed guy. Lewis, is a bit like Autry in that he plays both DE and DT. He's trying to use both to win. We're trying to find DL who win with their first step. Get even on step 2, and pass the OL on step 3.
Do the D-Lineman need to develop better hand moves -- absolutely. 100 percent. That's why Ballard says young DL often need 2-3 years to figure things out. He just noted Jerry Hughes who didn't blossom until Year 4 with Buffalo. We gave up on him too soon.
Sorry, don't mean to belabor the point, I wanted to read your response before I posted what I needed to say....