Adam Caplan outlined comments made by Colts Vice Chairman Bill Polian regarding how long it takes to properly evaluate player after the draft at a recent pre-draft press conference. Polian provided insight into players like starting right guard Mike Pollak, starting defensive tackle Fili Moala, and former second round selection Tony Ugoh.
You can’t judge a draft or judge a player’s performance until at least three years. In some cases, the player might have been set back by injury, so you might have an incomplete picture even there. I would point you to (DT) Fili Moala for an example. Most people would have considered his rookie year non-descript. That’s because defensive linemen and offensive linemen, along with quarterback, are the toughest positions to come in and play right away... Mike Pollak, as an example, lost virtually his entire rookie year and his entire off-season following his rookie year, which is the most important off-season of a player’s career, to injury. He’s an example of a guy that has been set back by injury... In (OT) Tony Ugoh’s case, unfortunately because of injury and the inability to come back off that injury and play at a high level, we unfortunately had to let him go. There’s no two-ways about the fact that it didn’t work out, but that’s part of the process. You are not going to hit on everyone...Be sure to check out the story for the remainder of Polian's quotes.