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Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 29, 2013 – 1:51 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today acquired linebacker Kelvin Sheppard in a trade with the Buffalo Bills in exchange for linebacker Jerry Hughes.


“We wish nothing but the best for Jerry in Buffalo,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “He’s a talented guy that did everything we asked of him. At the same time, we are very pleased to be getting a young linebacker who has been a productive starter in this league.”


Sheppard, 6-2, 244 pounds, was originally a third round (68th overall) draft selection by Buffalo in 2011. In 32 career games (24 starts), he has totaled 138 tackles (95 solo), 2.0 sacks, two passes defensed and one fumble recovery. Sheppard recorded his first career sack in a 2012 Week 2 victory against Kansas City and added his second of the season in a loss against Seattle.


As a three-year starter at LSU, Sheppard completed his collegiate career ranked ninth in school history with 311 tackles. He posted 100-plus tackle campaigns in both his junior and senior seasons. In 2010, Sheppard was voted an All-SEC first-team selection after compiling 116 stops, which ranked third in the conference.


Hughes was a first round (31st overall) draft choice by the Colts in 2010. In three seasons with the team, he totaled 61 tackles (44 solo), 5.0 sacks and one pass defensed.

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on April 29, 2013 – 1:33 pm

Monday following the NFL Draft is normally known for a day when teams release names of undrafted free agents.

But for the Colts, the news came a bit early when Indianapolis acquired Buffalo linebacker Kelvin Sheppard for outside linebacker Jerry Hughes.

How does this trade impact the Colts?

Sheppard, 6’2″ and 244 pounds, was a 2011 third round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills and the LSU product has started 24 games over the two seasons.

The Colts are getting a productive inside linebacker (150 tackles in two seasons) who adds some depth to a position that is trying to replace backup Moise Fokou (46 tackles in 2012).

Leading tackler Jerrell Freeman returns to the lineup in 2013 and the other inside spot was shared by Pat Angerer and Kavell Conner last year.

Mario Harvey, who was used in goal line packages in 2012, also returns at the inside linebacker position.

The outside linebacker position is still in very good hands thanks to some offseason moves and a Pro Bowl returnee.

Robert Mathis will obviously start on one side of the defense with the other starter likely coming from a pair of newcomers.

Free agent addition Erik Walden is the new No. 93 in town and head coach Chuck Pagano has raved about the former Packers’ ability to set the edge.

New first round draft pick Bjoern Werner will get his first crack as a standup linebacker in Indianapolis and Colts staff believe he can play the RUSH or SAM linebacker position.

Other outside linebackers on the roster include free agent signee Lawrence Sidbury, Justin Hickman and Jake Killeen.

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Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 29, 2013 – 11:34 am

Indianapolis Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay has pledged $10,000 and punter Pat McAfee has added $5,000 to the reward, which is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a driver who struck and killed 78-year-old Anita Wernsing of Fayette, Ind. The driver left the scene following the incident.

Wernsing was leaving Mt. Tabor Primitive Church on the 7000 block of South State Road 267 on November 25, 2012 when she was struck. Boone County Sheriff’s Department investigators said that the vehicle that hit Wernsing was a dark SUV that was traveling northbound on 267.

Police have asked anyone with information on the case to call them at 765-482-1412 or send the department an email at:

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Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 29, 2013 – 8:42 am

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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,

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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