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2014 NFL Draft: New Indianapolis Colts Could Prove Underrated

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New Indianapolis Colts Could Prove Underrated

Indianapolis Colts GM Ryan Grigson
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Anyone looking at the Indianapolis Colts' draft grades from various media outlets might be left with the impression that it's time to panic. But I believe there's a method to Ryan Grigson's madness. He looks for undervalued talent and good character (remember their mantra: "Trust, Loyalty and Respect"). So long as they keep winning, I'm giving Grigson the benefit of the doubt. Here are some of his newest acquisitions.

Round 1: Trent Richardson (RB, Cleveland)

Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts
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Round 1: Trent Richardson (RB, Cleveland)

Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts
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Seems no one's allowed to talk about the Richardson trade without using some "ill-fated" or "ill-advised" descriptor, but it's too soon to give up on him (especially if he can get in on one of those Pacers' fishing trips). If they'd had a first-round pick, they probably would have taken safety Jimmy Ward, who's now with Antoine Bethea on the 49ers. And the trade itself enabled Cleveland to draft Johnny Manziel -- a lot of drama for one pick.

Round 2: Jack Mewhort (OL, Ohio State)

Jack Mewhort, Ohio State
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Round 2: Jack Mewhort (OL, Ohio State)

Jack Mewhort, Ohio State
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This pick was brought to you by the word "versatility", and it was made in the spirit of keeping Andrew Luck alive. A lot of people seemed disappointed with the pick, which is unfair (and maybe more of a frustration with Ryan Grigson's unpredictability than any fault of Mewhort's). Offensive line has been a struggle for awhile now, and though he might not start right away, Mewhort can (theoretically) play any line position, including center.

Round 3: Donte Moncrief (WR, Ole Miss)

Donte Moncrief, Mississippi
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Round 3: Donte Moncrief (WR, Ole Miss)

Donte Moncrief, Mississippi
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Moncrief is the new Colts player experts are most excited about. He's young and has a lot of growing to do in terms of developing his talent. With all of the other receivers on the roster, he won't need to play right away. After a year or two at the Reggie Wayne School of Receiving Excellence, talking heads might go with the "How did he fall to the third round" outrage narrative.

Round 5: Jonathan Newsome (DE, Ball State via Ohio State)

Jonathan Newsome
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Round 5: Jonathan Newsome (DE, Ball State via Ohio State)

Jonathan Newsome
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Oh, Mr. Newsome, you had me at, "I'm going to be Robert Mathis' little brother, even if he doesn't know it yet." Of all the draft picks, none showed more enthusiasm than Newsome. He's a player with a checkered past (he left the Buckeyes for a reason), but he seems to have pulled himself together. There's a Mathis comparison to be made -- even Bill Polian said so. It will be interesting to see how he develops.

Round 6: Andrew Jackson (ILB, Western Kentucky)

Andrew Jackson, Western Kentucky
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Round 6: Andrew Jackson (ILB, Western Kentucky)

Andrew Jackson, Western Kentucky
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Jackson considered entering the draft last year, so the Colts had been watching him for awhile. Grigson said, "He's a 255-pound thumper tailor made to stop the run." Sounds great, since stopping the run has never really been the Colts' strength. Jackson went to the same high school as Ray Lewis, and that's who he says he patterns his game after.

Round 7: Ulrick John (OT, Georgia St)

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Round 7: Ulrick John (OT, Georgia St)

Georgia State University Mascot
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The winner for "Name the Media Will Get Wrong the Most Often!" It is Ulrick John, not John Ulrick, so learn it now. He's another versatile offensive line player who also has some experience playing center. Mr. Grigson said, "Goes with the theme. He's a guy who has multi-position flexibility, competitive, very athletic and has room to grow."

Undrafted: 19 Guys, including Erik Swoope

Erik Swoope, Miami
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Undrafted: 19 Guys, including Erik Swoope

Erik Swoope, Miami
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As soon as the draft ended, the Colts scooped up 19 undrafted free agents to commence their typical diamond mining operation. One prospect getting extra attention is Erik Swoope, a basketball player out of Miami who has never played football before but is looking to become the next Jimmy Graham. As tragic as it feels to let a guy named Swoope leave basketball, I wish him all the best.