2013 NFL Draft: Recapping Indianapolis Colts’ Entire Draft
2013 NFL Draft: Recapping Entire Colts Draft
The Indianapolis Colts made a great impact for their football team for the second consecutive year. Last season, the Colts went offensive skill player heavy as they took quarterback Andrew Luck, tight ends Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen, wide receiver T.Y. Hilton and running back Vick Ballard in five of their first six picks.
Indianapolis also went with wide receiver LaVon Brazill, tackle Justin Anderson, defensive tackle Josh Chapman, defensive end Tim Fugger and quarterback Chandler Harnish.
We obviously know how that worked out for these talented rookies as they led the new look Colts team to an 11-5 record and playoff berth coming off of a league worst 2-14 season in 2011.
The Colts hit free agency hard this year once the period started with signing 10 new guys to this roster. They needed another draft to solidify this roster and these did a fantastic job doing so.
Indianapolis made seven selections this weekend with all seven being able to impact this team in filling holes. GM Ryan Grigson said he wanted to get a good pass rusher and rebuild the line this draft. He did just that.
1st Round: DE Bjoern Werner Florida State
The Colts used their first-round selection on DE Bjoern Werner with the 24th pick of the draft. Werner is a big 6-4 physical player that will be shifted from a defensive end to an outside linebacker. He was the 2012 ACC Defensive Player of the Year and made a huge impact of the Florida State team. He had 13 sacks and 42 tackles this past season with 18 of those 42 tackles coming behind the line of scrimmage.
Werner is so good at getting in the backfield and disrupting the offense and will make a huge impact with the Colts.
Another impact Werner will make is his ability on getting his hands on the ball. He's comparable to J.J. Watt in his deflections which will be a huge gain for Indianapolis.
From there, Indianapolis only had one pick on Friday night as they traded their second round pick last summer to the Miami Dolphins for Vontae Davis. That proved to be a steal for Indianapolis as they got the better end of that deal.
3rd Round: G Hugh Thornton Illinois
In the third round, the Colts took guard Hugh Thornton from Illinois. Thornton is a big physical tackle that plays through the whistle. He's very good in protecting the quarterback and even better to make a hole for the run game as he's great at taking his defender to the ground. He shows great upper body strength and footwork.
4th Round: C Khaled Holmes
On Saturday, the Colts used their remaining picks to fill holes and make competition on the roster.
Indianapolis took a center from USC in Khaled Holmes. He's now the third center on the roster and will give Samson Satele and A.Q. Shipley competition for a roster spot. Holmes also can play guard which will give the Colts depth and much needed talent.
5th Round: NT Montori Hughes UT Tennessee
The Colts didn't have a pick in the fifth round this year but traded with the Cleveland Browns to move up. They only gave up a fourth-round pick in 2014 to get nose tackle 6-4, 339 pound Montori Hughes from UT-Martin. That pick shows the Colts weren't too convinced either Brandon McKinney or Chapman would be ready to go. Hughes gives them height and strength at that position and again gives them depth at another spot.
6th Round: S John Boyett Oregon
In the sixth round, Indianapolis took a chance on safety John Boyett from Oregon. Boyett will likely back up either Antonie Bethea or LaRon Landry and give the Colts a great second stringer. He had 10 interceptions in his first two years at Oregon and backed that up with a second team All-Pac 12 his junior year. He was injured in the first game of the season this past year and miss all year. That's how the Colts stole him in the sixth round. He should be ready to go for training camp.
7th Round: RB Kerwynn Williams Utah State and TE Justice Cunningham South Carolina
In the seventh round, the Colts picked up running back Kerwynn Williams and Justin Cunningham from South Carolina. Williams will be used primarily for the return game as he's very speedy and tough to catch. He had 20 touchdowns for Utah State this past season and will add depth just in case of injury at that position.
With the final pick of the NFL Draft the Colts took Cunningham. He will have an impact on this team and battle Weselye Saunders and Dominique Jones for one of the two backup tight end slots. Cunningham has a great chance of beating one of those two and making this roster.