The 2013 NFL Draft is in the books! Join Colts Authority Radio tonight at 8pm ET as we break down the biggest news from the weekend's festivities. We'll also give you our opinions on all of the Colts moves!no comments
The Indianapolis Colts traded former 1st-round pick to the Buffalo Bills for 2011 3rd-round pick Kelvin Sheppard, per a team release this afternoon. Hughes, drafted in the 1st round of the 2010 draft, will be remembered by Colts fans for failing to live up to expectations.
The Colts drafted Hughes in hopes of being able to use him to sustain their vital pass rush when then starters DEs Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis needed a breather or were out due to injuries. After the firing of GM Bill Polian and HC Jim Caldwell, there was renewed hope that Hughes might thrive under the new 3-4 scheme of HC Chuck Pagano. Though advanced stats suggested Hughes was performing better than his numbers indicated, in the end, it just wasn't enough. Hughes leaves the Colts have amassed only 62 tackles and 5.0 sacks in his 3-year career.
In exchange for Hughes, the Colts received former LSU LB Kelvin Sheppard. Though both players are listed as LBers, it won't be a straight position-for-position swap, as Sheppard is an ILB and will provide depth behind the trio of Kavell Conner, Jerrell Freeman, and Pat Angerer. Sheppard has 150 tackles and 2.0 sacks in his 2-year career.
Here is what GM Ryan Grigson had to say about the trade,
“We wish nothing but the best for Jerry in Buffalo,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “He’s a talented guy that did everything we asked of him. At the same time, we are very pleased to be getting a young linebacker who has been a productive starter in this league.”
Those pundits releasing draft grades before a single member of the draft class has taken a professional snap are a bit ridiculous. Still the allure of their pontifications is too much to pass up and so I've wasted hours on this nonsense.
While attempting to reconcile my own misspent time it occurred to me that there must be a reason we all love draft grades so much. After all, they insist on issuing their grades each year and as each draft class passes the number of pundits doing so multiplies. At some point there were more draft grades than picks, each opinion more pointed and perhaps less informed. Imagine being one of these young men reading about their perceived value as imagined by Mel Kiper or Todd McShay.
Why must we pass judgment immediately following a draft? Why are we so enamored by the potential without much fact to base our judgments upon? Who would win a draft pundit beat down?
No matter the reason let's breakdown the breakdowns and pass our own judgment on the pundits.no comments no comments
My initial reaction is that the Colts had a solid draft, although Ryan Grigson has failed to address a few things. Here's my reaction to each pick, as well as the draft strategy as a whole. For each pick you can click on the name and find my long-form analysis of how the pick will fit in Indianapolis.
First round, 24 overall: Bjoern Werner, OLB, Florida State
Overall, I've really warmed to this pick. The Colts desperately needed pass rush, and Erik Walden is the weakest starter on the defensive side of the ball. Werner likely won't replace Walden right away, but split time with him throughout 2013. Walden is the run specialist, while Werner will likely be the pass rusher. Werner should especially excel in nickel and dime situations, when the Colts go to four down lineman. Werner is best with his hand on the ground, as he can use exceptional burst off the line to get an advantage over offensive linemen.
I liked the value of a few other picks better at this spot, such as cornerback Xavier Rhodes. But Werner was one of my top five OLB prospects, and I like the fit as a SOLB.no comments
Good morning, Colts fans. After an exciting and exhausting NFL Draft weekend, it’s time to have a closer look at each member of the Colts’ 2013 draft class. All week, Nate Dunlevy will be discussing reasonable baseline expectations for each player based on how similarly drafted players have done in recent years (You can click on Nate’s most recent columns in the series here and here).
In addition, we’ll be familiarizing ourselves with each of this year’s rookies in a series of Colts Notebooks with post draft quotes. Leading off is the very talkative Bjoern Werner. Werner is quite the character, and his answers and comments have been filtered down over the weekend. Now, prepare yourself for some Bjoern, straight-up.no comments no comments