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.
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
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
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.
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.
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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