Even though the Indianapolis Colts had ten total picks in last week’s 2012 NFL Draft, including the first overall and the very last, the team decided to bring in 17 other players afterwards. Out of the 17 new additions, 15 players were undrafted free agents. The Colts obviously did their homework, and saw some diamonds in the rough, that were left without a team after the draft.
The Colts went very heavy on offense in this year’s draft, especially in their first four picks. Indianapolis used the number one overall pick on quarterback Andrew Luck, then followed that up by drafting two tight ends and a wide receiver. The draft for Indianapolis was surprisingly light on the defensive side of the ball, but to be honest, the 2011 Indianapolis Colts were deficient in every aspect of the game.
So, after the draft concluded, the Colts decided to do what their franchise has done quite well for quite some time. They gave a shot to several players who missed out on being drafted by other teams. The Colts have had success with undrafted free agents in the past, including Jeff Saturday and Gary Brackett. Out of the 15 undrafted players that the Colts brought in, nine were on the defensive side of the ball. The Colts also agreed to terms with another tight end, and claimed running back Deji Karim off waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Colts have begun to build a new team around a new quarterback and a new coaching staff. Like it or not, this won’t be the Indianapolis Colts that won more games in a decade than any other team in NFL history. These Colts are young, with a few grizzled veterans sprinkled in here and there. Time will tell how this new regime can and will reload this proud franchise, but it is alright to expect a few stumbles along the way.