Indianapolis, IN- The hopes were high for the Indianapolis Colts entering the 2013 season. After going 11-5 earning a playoff berth in year one of a rebuilding effort, the Colts front office spent over $100 million in free agency and thought they improved the team through this past year’s draft.
Last year, GM Ryan Grigson drafted one of the most underrated draft classes ever. He brought in Andrew Luck, Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener, T.Y. Hilton, Vick Ballard, Josh Chapman, LaVon Brazill, Justin Anderson, Tim Fugger and Chandler Harnish.
He brought in seven more guys in April drafting Bjoern Werner, Hugh Thornton, Khaled Holmes, Montroi Hughes, John Boyett, Kerwynn Williams and Justice Cunningham.
When trying to find a reason as to why this team is struggling so badly look no further than the last two draft classes. Yes, last year’s draft class was very successful, but due to injuries and some not being on the team anymore only Luck, Fleener, Hilton and Brazill are even on the active roster.
Then this year’s draft class is severely underperforming. Only two of the seven drafted can even find the field as Werner and Thornton have played in majority of the games. Holmes has been a healthy scratch all year, Boyett was cut, Cunningham has appeared in only one game where he has one reception for four yards, Williams has one return for 28 yards in one game and Hughes has only played in two games with four tackles.
Do you really think that’s what Grigson and the front office had in mind when drafting these guys? They have played in four games combined between the five of them. With Allen and Ballard being lost for the year very early in the season mixed with Anderson, Fugger and Harnish not being on the roster, that makes 10 of the 17 players drafted in the last two years that aren’t on the roster as you read this.
Then when Reggie Wayne goes down with an injury the opposition is starting to shut down Hilton and Fleener which leaves the Colts with basically nothing to work with. These youngsters need to grow up and find a way to contribute. Luck has literally zero help from his peers.
This is one of the deepest reasons to why the Colts are struggling right now.
Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the past four seasons and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru