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Posted by Kevin Bowen on April 25, 2013 – 11:15 pm

The mock drafts leading up to Thursday night’s NFL Draft seemed to pinpoint Florida State’s cornerback Xavier Rhodes to the Indianapolis Colts.

FSU was the school of choice for Indianapolis but Bjoern Werner is the name Colts fans will be getting familiar with over the immediate future.

How does this pick impact the Colts?

A native of Germany, Werner first began playing football at the age of 15 and grew into a premier prospect while playing for one of the nation’s top defenses.

The Colts are getting a physical 266-pound defender that has the ability to play outside linebacker or defensive end at the next level.

Werner had 20 sacks during his final two seasons at Florida State, while starting 27 games, and Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said he sees him playing outside linebacker at the next level.

The addition of Werner gives the Colts another quality body in the front seven of the defense, joining free agents Aubrayo Franklin, Rick Jean-Francois. and Erik Walden.

Werner had 16 pass breakups the last two seasons and Pagano said his ball skills were something him and Ryan Grigson were impressed with when evaluating the All-American in person.

When looking at tape, Grigson talked about how he always saw Werner getting an excellent jump off the ball.

The fact that Pagnao watched Werner in person should speak volumes to the type of player the Colts are getting. Remember, Pagano coached and watched the Ravens defense on a daily basis and those eyes alone should let Colts fans know they are getting an elite defender.

Mathis will undoubtedly be the starter on one side of the Colts 3-4 hybrid defensive scheme and now Werner can add his name to Erik Walden and Jerry Hughes (among others) as another outside linebacker.

It was an unpredictable first round on Thursday night and the Colts looked to have gotten a player who’s best football is only ahead of him.

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 10:08 pm

1. Kansas City Chiefs: OT-Eric Fisher, Central Michigan

-For just the fourth time in NFL history, an offensive tackle is taken with the No. 1 overall pick.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: OT-Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M

-David Caldwell’s first NFL Draft as a general manager begins with a bookend tackle to block for Blaine Gabbert.

3. Miami Dolphins: OLB-Dion Jordan, Oregon

-The Dolphins gave up their second round pick and moved up from No. 12 to draft the uber-athletic Jordan for their 4-3 defensive scheme.

4. Philadelphia Eagles: OT-Lane Johnson, Oklahoma

-The former quarterback will now be an athletic lineman in Chip Kelly’s high-octane offense.

5. Detroit Lions: DE-Ziggy Ansah, BYU

-Ansah played under the Lions coaching staff at the Senior Bowl and now he will try and fulfill the oozing potential as an outside rusher.

6. Cleveland Browns: DE/OLB-Barkevious Mingo, LSU

-Mingo will likely pair with free agent signee Paul Kruger to form the edge of the Browns 3-4 defense.

7. Arizona Cardinals: OG-Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina

-After three tackles were off the board, the Cardinals had to look interior along the offensive line and chose Cooper over Alabama’s Chance Warmack.

8. St. Louis Rams: WR-Tavon Austin, West Virginia

-The first skill position player comes off the board at No. 8 with the Rams trading up from No. 16 to acquire the versatile Austin.

9. New York Jets: CB-Dee Milliner, Alabama

-With Darrelle Revis no longer in a Jets uniform, Milliner now joins the fold as a shutdown corner in Rex Ryan’s defense.

10. Tennessee Titans: OG-Chance Warmack, Alabama

-The Titans got what they wanted with an elite interior offensive lineman to help open holes for Chris Johnson.

11. San Diego Chargers: OT-D.J. Fluker, Alabama

-Tom Telesco’s first draft comes with a massive get in Fluker. The pick of Fluker brings the total to six offensive linemen in the first 11 picks.

12. Oakland Raiders: CB-D.J. Hayden, Houston

-The Raiders traded down and got the guy they wanted in Hayden. The health scare this fall is still there for Hayden but no questioning his on the field talent.

13. New York Jets: DT-Sheldon Richardson, Missouri

-Rex Ryan once again went defense with the selection of Richardson. After losing Mike DeVito to the Chiefs, Richardson should fill a need along the interior of the defensive line.

14. Carolina Panthers: DT-Star Lotulelei, Utah

-A top-10 prospect by many pundits, Lotulelei slipped a little in the draft due to injury concerns. Lotulelei’s ability to occupy blockers will help free up 2012 first round draft pick Luke Kuechly.

15. New Orleans Saints: S-Kenny Vaccaro, Texas

-The first safety of the night comes off the board midway through the first round. Vaccaro is the first Texas player taken since 2010.

16. Buffalo Bills: QB-E.J. Manuel, Florida State

-The Bills traded back in the first round but not to select head coach Doug Marrone’s college quarterback in Ryan Nassib (Syracuse). The physically gifted Manuel becomes the first quarterback chosen in 2013.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: OLB-Jarvis Jones, Georgia

-During the season, Jones was considered a top-five draft pick but his spinal injury and a poor 40-yard dash pushed him down to the Steelers. Jones was tremendous in Georgia’s biggest games last season and seems to be a perfect for Pittsburgh.

18. San Francisco 49ers: S-Eric Reid, LSU

-The 49ers used some of their 15 picks to trade up and select the SEC safety in Reid. With Dashon Golson moving on to Tampa Bay, playing time is open at the backend of the 49ers defense.

19. New York Giants: OT-Justin Pugh, Syracuse

-The offensive linemen continue to pour off the board with Syracuse’s Pugh staying out east. Pugh becomes the fifth offensive tackle to be chosen in the first 19 picks.

20. Chicago Bears: OT-Kyle Long, Oregon

-Long becomes the eighth offensive lineman selected. The son of Hall of Famer Howie Long, Kyle switched over to offensive line in 2011 and was 23rd round pick of the Chicago White Sox back in the 2008 MLB Draft.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: TE-Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame

-The Fort Wayne native Eifert will make the drive south and become part of the one of the league’s best young passing attacks.

22. Atlanta Falcons: CB-Desmond Trufant, Washington

-Another cornerback is off the board with the Falcons trading up to draft Trufant. The Falcons lost Brent Grimes in free agency so Trufant fills a void in the secondary.

23. Minnesota Vikings: DE-Sharrif Floyd, Florida

-Perhaps the biggest surprise of Thursday’s first round came when Floyd continued to drop. The Vikings are the benefactors of Floyd as they look to get a bit younger along the defensive line.

24. Indianapolis Colts: OLB-Bjoern Werner, Florida State

-The German native did not begin playing football until age 12 but he was an elite edge rusher during his three seasons with the Seminoles.

25. Minnesota Vikings: CB-Xavier Rhodes, Florida State

-The Vikings got two quality defenders, while not having to move up from 23 or 25. Rhodes is a big cornerback prospect who played for one of the nation’s top defenses.

26. Green Bay Packers: DE-Datone Jones, UCLA

-The Packers have had success drafting in the front seven of the defense and reached back into that pool on Thursday night with Jones.

27. Houston Texans: WR-DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson

-Throughout much of the draft process, the receiver position seemed like the top option for the Texans and now Hopkins will enter the picture opposite Pro Bowler Andre Johnson.

28. Denver Broncos: DT-Sylvester Williams, North Carolina

-The Broncos added to their interior of their rush defense when they chose the sixth ACC prospect of the evening.

29. Minnesota Vikings: WR-Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee

-The final 10 picks of Thursday’s first round included the Vikings making three different selections. Patterson will help fill the large void of Percy Harvin’s departure.

30. St. Louis Rams: ILB-Alec Ogletree, Georgia

-With the Manti Teo’ watch growing, the Rams took the first inside linebacker of the 2013 draft when they selected the All-SEC defender.

31. Dallas Cowboys: C-Travis Frederick, Wisconsin

-After not having any offensive linemen selected since the 20th pick, the Cowboys jumped back into the position when they chose the first true center prospect of the night.

32. Baltimore Ravens: S-Matt Elam, Florida

-The Super Bowl Champions closed out Thursday evening with the selection of Elam in an effort to somehow try and replace All-Pro safety Ed Reed.

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Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 5:14 pm


What’s up Colts Nation!? Yes it is Draft Day and yes Colts Fan Casey is back out of hibernation to ring in the real start of the 2013 season, the NFL Draft. It’s a little hard to get more excited about this year’s draft than last year’s considering the fact we drafted Andrew Luck with the first overall pick, but there’s a lot of reasons to be excited. One of those being that we go into the 2013 Draft without a laundry list of needs since we addressed the “BIG NEEDS” via free agency. I won’t talk too much about the free agency signings other than the fact I am VERY pleased with the direction that Ryan Grigson went with his acquisitions.

Now back to the Draft and more specifically Draft Weekend. The Colts have a lot of stuff going on for their fans throughout the next few days. Details below…

Thursday April 25th

–        Draft Party at Colts Grille presented by New Era and Bud Light

  • Antoine Bethea and Donald Brown will be signing autographs from 7:00pm-9:00pm
  • Four Colts cheerleaders signing autographs from 7:oopm-9:00pm
  • Blue, the official Colts mascot
  • Lombardi trophy
  • Colts trivia to win prizes and giveaways!
  • 1070 The Fan Live Remote broadcast
  • New Era Draft Hat display
  • Bud Light Promotional Team
  • 1070 The Fan and Hank FM promotional giveaways
  • First 24 fans to show their Colts NFL Extra Points Credit Card will receive an autographed Adam Vinatieri mini-helmet courtesy of Barclays

–        Live broadcast of Press Conference following each pick… WATCH HERE

–        Live broadcast of the Colts Draft Radio Show… LISTEN HERE

Friday April 26th

–        Google+ Hangout presented by New Era and Lids with our first draft choice LIVE on or on our Google+ Page scheduled to start at 3PM. Plus, I’ll be hosting it!

–        Live broadcast of Press Conference following each pick… WATCH HERE

Friday April 26th

–        Live broadcast of Press Conference following each pick… WATCH HERE

Of course, don’t forget to follow the Colts on Twitter as they will be bringing you up-to-the-minute updates about draft status, selections, and more!

And don’t forget to follow me on Twitter too!

Yours in Football,


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Posted by craigkelleycolts on – 2:42 pm

What’s in a name?  Sometimes nothing at all.

The 253rd choice of the 2012 draft was the final one.  For years, the player taken with the last pick has been dubbed, “Mr. Irrelevant.”

It is a program now that is part of the landscape, part of draft lore.

It will apply to an Indianapolis Colt Saturday night just like it did a year ago when Chandler Harnish was spared the undrafted free agency route into the NFL by being selected by his favorite team.

He felt anything but irrelevant.

“Just getting the call (from the Colts),” said Harnish of what was memorable about last year’s draft.  “It was the worst day of my life going into that seventh round.  When I finally got the call at the end, it turned out to be the best day.”

The Bluffton native and product of Norwell High School threw for 68 touchdowns and almost 9,000 yards at Northern Illinois.

He was the first quarterback to lead NIU to four bowl games, and he was the second quarterback taken by the Colts in the draft.

Being the last pick meant a big difference from not being taken at all.

“I think you look at it emotionally, mentally and financially.  There is some difference,” said Harnish.  “For me, it was mentally, because I would have felt like I let people down if I weren’t drafted.  I know no one ever thought that, but I had the goal set in my mind.

“It didn’t matter what round, I just wanted to get drafted.  To make family and friends proud was kind of the cherry on top.”

Harnish spent the first five games last year on the active roster, then finished the balance of the season on the practice squad.  He is one of three quarterbacks – Andrew Luck and Matt Hasselbeck – now on the roster.

Harnish will welcome the final pick in this year’s draft just as he was made to feel at home with the Colts, his favorite team growing up.

“I’m going to try to be his personal mentor (laughs).  It will be fun,” said Harnish.  “I’m going to tell him to have fun with (being Mr. Irrelevant).  There will be people making jokes.  Just go out and don’t worry about what people are saying.  Try to prove them wrong.

“I think it’s a measure of motivation.  He’ll be a guy I try to connect with right away.  It’s still an incredible honor to get drafted.”

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 11:37 am

What does Ryan Grigson do the night before embarking on a three-day NFL Draft?

Well, of course he takes his family to Game 2 of the Pacers/Hawks series.

Grigson headed down to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday evening with his family to watch the Pacers 113-98 victory over the Hawks. caught up with Grigson and here are a few of the Colts general manager’s comments from Wednesday evening.

On coming to Wednesday night’s game with his family:

“It’s exciting. It’s electric and we can’t wait to see this thing get started and see the Pacers get after it,” Grigson said. “It’s the first time I’ve been to a playoff game here and it’s going to be fun. I’ve got my boys. They are staying up late on a school night so we’re excited.”

On the culture that Grigson has created with the Colts:

“It’s Indiana in general,” Grigson said. “People here, they get up early, they work and then they come and they have fun and watch another team bust their butt. It’s kind of a way of life here in the Midwest–work hard, play hard, enjoy your family. It’s kind of simple but it’s a good recipe for a happy life.”

On watching a fellow professional team in Indianapolis have the success that the Pacers have had:

“We are all intertwined in this city of Indianapolis,” Grigson said. “We want to do great things for the people here and the fans. You can never go wrong when you have everyone on the same page, pulling towards a common goal and everyone sets the bar high and works hard every day. You can’t do that without great ownership and leadership at the top.”

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 10:00 am

With the 2013 NFL Draft less than 12 hours away, takes a look back at a few of the team’s recent draft picks and their stories of draft weekend:

Running Back Delone Carter (2011 NFL Draft: Pick 4-119)

Carter came out of Syracuse fresh off a dominating 2010 Pinstripe Bowl performance (197 yards on 28 carries) but he wasn’t about to read into any draft projections. Watching with family and friends, Carter actually dozed off during the 2011 NFL Draft before his mom awoke him with a phone call from the Colts.

On Wednesday, Carter offered some advice to prospects who will spend the next three days nervously awaiting their name to be called at Radio City Music Hall.

“Enjoy the process,” Carter said. “Don’t get too anxious and get yourself out of the element of having fun with it. It’s a blessing and it will never happen again. It’s something you’ve been training for your whole life and you’re having the opportunity to have it happen.”

Defensive Tackle Drake Nevis (2011 NFL Draft: Pick 3-87)

It was getting late on day two of the 2011 NFL Draft and Nevis was in his home state of Louisiana watching the draft with his family.

Nevis hailed from LSU, where NFL defensive linemen were abundant. The National Championship winning Nevis was added to that list when then Colts general manager Bill Polian phoned the Tigers defensive end.

“It was exciting because that’s what you dream about all your life, playing in the National Football League,” Nevis said. “Even though that’s the beginning, you know that’s where the next phase of your career is going to be.”

Running Back Vick Ballard (2012 NFL Draft: 5-170)

As the fifth round was coming to a close in last April’s draft, Vick Ballard still felt a bit of a burden. He was coming off back-to-back seasons of 980+ rushing yards in the vaunted SEC West, yet was still waiting to hear his dream come true.

“When I got drafted, it was a weight lifted off my shoulders,” Ballard said. “To me, it was the first step to becoming a professional football player.”

Offensive Tackle Justin Anderson (2012 NFL Draft: 7-208)

Anderson did not really know what to expect after injuries held him back during his time at Georgia. For Anderson, he was simply praying that he would hear his name called; the round or position did not matter.

“I couldn’t even watch it past the fourth round,” Anderson said. “I just stopped watching it and I didn’t watch it anymore until I got called. The Steelers called me in the sixth round saying they had a couple of picks coming up. About 10 minutes after I hung up with them the Colts called and it was the best feeling in the world.”

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Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 9:06 am

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 7:30 am

Between now and the beginning of the NFL Draft (April 25), will take an offseason look at each of the Colts 2013 opponents. The 12th installment comes today with the San Francisco 49ers:

San Francisco 49ers 2013 Offseason:

2012 Season: 11-4-1 regular season. Finished 1st in the NFC West

Key Offseason Additions: CB-Nnamdi Asomugha, WR-Anquan Boldin, DT-Glenn Dorsey

Key Offseason Losses: DT-Ricky Jean-Francois (Colts), S-Dashon Goodson (Buccaneers), WR-Ted Ginn Jr. (Panthers), DT-Issac Sopoaga, QB-Alex Smith (Chiefs), TE-Delanie Walker (Titans)

2013 Draft Picks: 1-31, 2-34, 2-61, 3-74, 3-93, 4-128, 4-131, 5-157, 5-164, 6-180, 6-199, 7-227, 7-237, 7-246, 7-252

Analysis: The 49ers were a play away from the ultimate goal last season but perhaps no team around the league heads into the NFL Draft with more promise for the upcoming season. This is Colin Kapernick’s team at the quarterback position and the only question remains to be seen if he can hold up over the course of a 16-game schedule.

If you can’t beat them, then add them? Well, for the 49ers that’s exactly the case. Boldin gives Kapernick one of the game’s most reliable and consistent receiving targets. Asomugha gives the 49ers defense a lockdown cornerback that will compliment one of the league’s finest front seven’s.

San Francisco lost some key contributors on both sides of the football during the offseason but they have an astonishing 15 picks in this week’s draft. One would think the 49ers will be very active over the next three days moving around the draft to acquire the talent needed to return to the Super Bowl.

Houston Texans Offseason Outlook

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Denver Broncos Offseason Outlook

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