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NATIONAL PUNDITS ASSESS COLTS 2013 DRAFT CLASS

Posted by Kevin Bowen on April 29, 2013 – 7:56 am

Here is a rundown of some national draft analysts offering up a synopsis of the 2013 Colts draft class:

Mel Kiper, ESPN.com:

Bjoern Werner lined up as a 4-3 defensive end at Florida State, and while productive, lacked elite athleticism or size at the position. The Colts will be looking to stand him up in the mold of Bryce Paup and Jarret Johnson, and I think he can develop into a productive player. He just doesn’t have that one elite trait, and I think he’ll need to find his way a little bit. That said, I had outside linebacker as a top need for this team, and he qualifies. Hugh Thornton was a good pick at No. 86. Pretty good value, and I had guard as the No. 2 need for this team. He has a chance to start this season. Khaled Holmes is also a future starter at center if he can stay healthy. Montori Hughes is an interesting player. If he hadn’t been forced to leave Tennessee, we’re looking at a guy who could have gone a lot higher. Give him another year of development and you might have something. One pick I think could help now and be a great option for this offense is Kerwynn Williams. He’s a speedster, and if they can find him touches you’re going to see some explosive plays. Not in love with the first pick, and I’m pretty surprised the Colts didn’t get a cornerback or a wide receiver — I saw both as needs. But they got two of the more intriguing players in the draft with Hughes and Williams.

Nate Davis, USA Today:

Bjoern Werner is a player with few holes, though the Colts are banking on his ability to convert to outside linebacker. If you like CB Vontae Davis, trading the second-round pick last summer was a good move. The rest of the picks appear to be guys who will fight for backup jobs. GRADE: C

Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated:

Their top pick, Bjoern Werner, has a long way to go before he can be a reliable 3-4 OLB — he was a better fit for a 4-3. And just about every pick here comes with some hesitation. G Hugh Thornton is pretty raw, DT Montori Hughes carries significant red flags and S John Boyett has issues with both knees. Hard to see it all falling into place for this group. Grades: C

Pete Prisco, CBS sports

Best pick: The Colts traded a 2014 fourth-round pick to get to draft Tennessee-Martin nose tackle Montori Hughes in the fifth round for a reason. The former Vols player has a chance to be their nose inside for a long time.

Questionable move: Taking Bjoern Werner in the first round is a somewhat strange move considering they paid Erik Walden. Werner is good, and you can never have enough rushers, but it’s still odd.

Third-day gem: Sixth-round safety John Boyett was a good choice that late in the draft. He should be a good special-teams player early in his career.

Analysis: I have been impressed with most of what second-year general manager Ryan Grigson has done, but this wasn’t a “wow” draft for me. Call it solid.

Grade: C+

Fox Sports:

Floyd Engel: (C ) They were better than anybody anticipated last season because of QB Andrew Luck. So waiting until the third and fourth rounds to shore up the line seems idiotic.

Alex Marvez: (C+) They hope they’ve found the replacement for Dwight Freeney at outside linebacker in Florida State’s Bjoern Werner. Illinois guard Hugh Thornton (third round) and Southern Cal center Khaled Holmes (fourth) could quickly push for snaps on an offensive line that allowed Luck to get hit too many times in his rookie season.

Peter Schrager: (B) The Colts didn’t make any sexy moves this year. They stayed the course. I like the Werner pick and think he went just about where he was expected to. Thornton’s a big body who can get on the field in this fall.

 


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3 Responses to “NATIONAL PUNDITS ASSESS COLTS 2013 DRAFT CLASS”

  1. By Christopher on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    Woww sounds like a bunch haters to me and haters and are motivators so keep hating cause we can’t see you

  2. By Loki on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    Their criticism is understandable because our picks include players that are transitioning from their originally position,they are raw,have off the field issues, and some are coming off of injury. I trust that Grigson has examined these men thoroughly and hopefully most of them, especially our first round pick Werner, will have success with the COLTS.

  3. By TJ on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    I think Werner will be a great rusher and for as big as he is he has great hands, But everyone is looking at this pick the wrong way we just acquired olb eric walden and an olb from the bills along with a new s laron landry with that being said I think with the right teacher and enough patients I believe we could move ss john boyette to corner and have him play the opposite side of vonte davis! The fact that mel kipper and company of the anylists says we need a receiver is beyond me when we just picked up wr heyward-beh from the raiders who has the potential to start the first week of august along with reggie wayne and t.y. Hilton I call that a very good receiver core! my big no no was montori hughes, when we signed ricky jean francois for 22million dollars so I believe we should have used that pick for a corner or possibly even another option the o line that being said I am as big of a colts fan as they come but I would still only give grigson a b+ as he covered some problems but also added to some when he drafted positions that we have already signed free agents too..

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