The Indianapolis Colts spent rounds two and three of the 2012 NFL Draft adding weapons around new quarterback Andrew Luck. A new era has begun to evolve in Indianapolis, and the Colts used their first four picks to boost a decimated offense that ranked dead last in many categories last season.
With the second overall pick in the second round, the Colts selected tight end Coby Fleener, who was Luck’s favorite target in college. The Colts went to the same position again with their third round pick, by selecting tight end Dwayne Allen. Allen is 6’4” and 255 pounds, and won the John Mackey Award in 2011, which recognizes the most outstanding college tight end in the nation. Early in his pro career, Luck will have two stocky and sure-handed targets lined-up beside him.
The Colts traded their fourth-round pick (97th overall) to move up into the Baltimore Ravens’ third round slot (92nd), and drafted wide receiver T.Y. Hilton. The Colts also traded the Ravens their fifth-round pick in next year’s draft for the rights to draft Hilton. Hilton is a dynamic speedster that can catch, run, and return kicks. The Indianapolis Colts have never had a threat in the kick return game, but T.Y. Hilton could very well become that guy who can take a kickoff to the house at any moment. In 2011, Hilton carried the ball 69 times and caught 200 passes, as well as returning 100 kickoffs and 50 punts. Hitlon runs a 4.2 forty-yard dash, and could be used all over the place in Andrew Luck’s brand new offense.
The Colts will spend rounds 5-7 trying to fill out the rest of their rookie roster, possibly trying to bulk up a defense that lost several key players in the off-season.