Last summer, the Indianapolis Colts traded away this year’s second round draft pick to the Miami Dolphins for cornerback Vontae Davis. Well after the second round has passed it looks like the Colts got the better end of that deal.
Indianapolis does need another cornerback but if they didn’t trade for Davis last year they’d need two corners not one. With the Dolphins taking cornerback Jamar Taylor the trade last year basically was Davis for Taylor straight up.
The Colts got the better end of the deal.
To be fair, Taylor hasn’t played a down in the NFL yet but it will be hard for him to live up to what Davis is. Taylor was known as a somewhat lockdown receiver in college but playing for Boise State he didn’t go against much competition.
One thing they do have in common is they’re similar in size as both are 5-11 and around the same weight, but Davis is much tougher at this point. He is very quick on his feet with loose hips but struggles with bigger receivers and is too weak against the run.
Davis is a proven veteran now and is a definite starter. The Dolphins don’t know what they’re going to get with Taylor yet. He’s coming off of a season where he had 51 tackles and three interceptions in 10 games. Davis has 201 career tackles and 12 interceptions in his four-year NFL career.
If you look at the picks taken after that pick it’s safe to say the Colts wouldn’t have had a chance to pick a player at that position they needed. Once again GM Ryan Grigson made the right move and put the Colts in a better position.