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1 minute ago, coltsfanej said:

I love this pick. Much needed speed and range at safety. 

I have liked every pick so far this draft. This has been fun 

He might not start right away, but he definitely has starting FS potential soon. Move Blackmon over to SS.

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3 minutes ago, NorthernColt said:

He might not start right away, but he definitely has starting FS potential soon. Move Blackmon over to SS.

 

Yeah I thought someone who can play FS was a need for the Colts most haven't discussed much.

 

I think it's difficult not to have some concerns about Blackmon and injuries. This draft is supposed to be deep at safety. Plus, I think Bradley at DC puts more/different emphasis on the safety position.

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5 minutes ago, Scott Pennock said:

One of the true CFer type safety’s in this class, love this pick!

 

plus I nailed the Woods and Cross picks in Dr. T’s contest - picked Jalen Tolbert at WR instead of Pierce or I’d be 3 for 4!

So he is a true FS?

Just now, cjrulli said:

Didn’t we have an extra 3rd next year? So no original picks lost?

We lost our original third. But still have the WA one that may be a second if Wentz stays healthy.

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2 minutes ago, cjrichard said:

Liked Joseph better but excited for Cross. 

I liked Joseph too. Joseph was definitely the safer pick, but Cross has higher potential.

 

I remember seeing something about Cross and Reich hitting it off at the combine or something.

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11 minutes ago, Jared Cisneros said:

I love this kid. Thought it was going to be Sam Howell with the trade up, but I love the pick. Thought Cross would go late 2nd/early 3rd, so this is value.

That’s what I was thinking too with the trade up. I thought for sure it was Howell  after Corral went 

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5 minutes ago, TaylorTheStudMuffin said:

Willis is a FA next season. Giving up a third they must realky like this guy.

This is not about Willis. This is more likely about FS. Not to say that Blackmon might not end up at SS, and push Willis out, but it's more about the need for a true center fielder in our new C3 scheme. 

 

We gave up a comp pick from this year, and next year's 3rd, so I like the value. 

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14 minutes ago, EastStreet said:

This is not about Willis. This is more likely about FS. Not to say that Blackmon might not end up at SS, and push Willis out, but it's more about the need for a true center fielder in our new C3 scheme. 

 

We gave up a comp pick from this year, and next year's 3rd, so I like the value. 

Unlike pretty much everyone else blazing 4.3s at the NFL Scouting Combine, Cross ran his 4.34 at a hefty 212 pounds. The former track star can straight up fly, and his range in a single-high defense will be coveted.

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Just now, Moosejawcolt said:

Unlike pretty much everyone else blazing 4.3s at the NFL Scouting Combine, Cross ran his 4.34 at a hefty 212 pounds. The former track star can straight up fly, and his range in a single-high defense will be coveted.

 

He's easily got elite speed.

His hips (horizontal/side-to-side) are the question. 

 

The speed likely allows him make up for the hips, but he's been projected as more of down hill guy. And down hill is not really the biggest factor for a C3 centerfielder. Like I said, on the surface, looks like a faster Blackmon. I need to look deeper at him and figure out how good/bad he is a reading Ds and general instincts, but I like the upside/value. 

 

Blackmon was simply not great a FS, so if Cross is as good, but allows Blackmon to move to SS (where I think he'll be great), then this is a win. 

 

Regardless, HE WILL BE A ST's STUD day one. 

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1 hour ago, Scott Pennock said:

One of the true CFer type safety’s in this class, love this pick!

 

plus I nailed the Woods and Cross picks in Dr. T’s contest - picked Jalen Tolbert at WR instead of Pierce or I’d be 3 for 4!

Yeah, I got the Woods pick but went with Joseph instead of Cross because of Kerby's visit with the Colts.  The pundits' late evaluations that I read had Cross rising into the second and Pierce dropping to the 3rd, and I foolishly listened to them.  

 

When I saw that we traded up to 96, I was hoping it was for Cross or Joseph whom I noticed neither had been taken, so I'm happy with the selection.

 

Cross lined up in single high a lot, and that is where he is projected.

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