Grading the Indianapolis Colts 2012 NFL Draft

By Daniel Canova

The new era in Indianapolis has officially begun.

In the 2012 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts had the first overall pick, they drafted Stanford prospect, Andrew Luck, and they decided to part ways with Colts Legend, Peyton Manning.

After evaluating Indianapolis’ draft, I believe they had a fine one.

B+ makes sense to me.  Here are the Indianapolis Colts’ first 4 picks in the NFL Draft.

Round 1, Pick 1: Andrew Luck QB Stanford:  It was time to move on from the Peyton Manning era, and begin a new one, with quarterback phenomenon, Andrew Luck.  I love that the Colts decided to choose Luck over Griffin III because I feel Luck will be the better professional.  He might have a less successful rookie season, but that doesn’t define a player.  They need to have the right pieces around them, and the Redskins are clearly a team who is much better than Indianapolis at this point in time.  Great way to rebuild with a franchise quarterback.

Round 2, Pick 2 (34 overall): Coby Fleener TE Stanford:  Is there a better way to make your new quarterback happy?  Yes, the Colts drafted Luck’s favorite target at Stanford, tight end, Coby Fleener.  Fleener was projected to be a first round pick, a possible pick for the New York Giants, but they took the running back route instead.  Fleener was a great pick here.  Luck will need weapons in an offense that is in rebuilding mode.

Round 3, Pick 1 (64 overall): Dwayne Allen TE Clemson:  Here is where I question the Colts.  Yes, by drafting Allen, they got the two best tight ends in this year’s draft, but realistically, was it necessary?  How about a defensive player?  Cornerback?  Something they desperately need.  However, with this pick, I expect the Colts to run a lot of 2 tight end sets, with Allen and Fleener.  Both tight ends are extremely athletic, and they are great vertical threats down the center of the football field.

Round 3, Pick 29 (92 overall): TY Hilton WR Florida International:  This 5-foot- 10 inch, receiver out of Florida International is a special teams threat Indianapolis never had in Manning’s era.  Yes, he’s a bit undersized, but his speed, and quickness for returning kicks, and possibly receiving out of the slot, overpowers that.  I love the pick here by the Colts.  It shows they are not only interested in offense and defense, but the 3rd team of a football team as well, special teams.


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