After the signings of Tom Zbikowski, Cory Redding and the resigning of Reggie Wayne, the drat needs list has changed. The old list looked like this: **Based on the assumption that Andrew Luck is drafted by the Colts**
2. Nose Tackle
3. Wide Receiver
4. Tight End
5. Strong Safety
6. Offensive Guard
8. 3-4 Defensive End
After the signing of the free agents, it looks like this: **Based on the assumption that Andrew Luck is drafted**
2. Nose Tackle
3. Tight End
4. Offensive Guard
6. Wide Receiver
7. Strong Safety
8. 3-4 Defensive End
The top 2 needs have not changed and the Colts will most likely fix those needs through the draft.
The tight end spot can be easily fixed if Jacob Tamme is resigned and the same can be said about Jeff Saturday.
The offensive guard spot can be fixed through the draft in the later rounds and the Colts can sign a quality guy in Free Agency.
You see that needs no.3,5,8 from the old list are now no.6,7,8.
The Colts must build a good foundation filled with good young players with some veterans player to help mould the team and get good chemistry. Then from there, we keep building and upgrading those positions with better players. It's a marathon not a sprint
IMO LB and another CB is about as big needs as safety depth and 3-4 DEs. It's nit picking, but it could just be called overall depth on defense.
I also think WR is a bigger need than OG or C after the OL signings.
But overall, I think it's a pretty good assessment of needs.
I believe this free agency has some more things to offer. Some of the NTs in the draft have medical concerns and there are 4-5 available in free agency... There is also value at WR, DE, OL.
I am not sure why after signing Wayne, WR moves up ahead of TE on our needs list? Because we "can" sign Tamme?
1) It will be easier to address the NT in free agency assuming we have any semblance of cap space. Garay and Franklin are still out there.
2) Tamme is visiting Seattle. I don't expect him to be back since they lost Carlson.
3) I'd set C above OG as a need. Good centers are harder to find and lead the entire offensive line. Guy needs to be able to help Luck.
4) We're going to need another ILB from somewhere, preferably with experience from a team like the Ravens or Jets. Neither Conner nor Angerer are very good in coverage.
Don't forget about linebackers. I believe Angerer and Conner are the only guys on our roster who have started an NFL game at linebacker: The rest are all guys we picked up as UFA's, waivers, cut by other teams, etc. In a 3-4 we probably start Freeney & Mathis with Hughes as a backup, but we need someone who can be the third LB in the 4-3 and also get reps when we need a coverage or run support guy in the 3-4. I expect we'll either re-sign Sims or Wheeler, or pick up someone like them. But I'd expect us to also draft at least one more.
We also need a backup QB. Probably we'll sign a veteran, but could be a late round draft pick.
@19>18 It's cause you didn't read the article properly.
then please explain it to me. The fact that we "could" sign Tamme doesnt change the need. I HOPE the team DOES sign Tamme but dont think they will. I also am not a fan of most of the rated TEs in the draft who I have seen, so I hope we dont draft one just to fill a need on paper. But it doesnt change the need. A target is changed by ratings and availabity but a need is a need whether a worthy target is there in the draft or not. So please explain to me what I missed because I still dont understand how our WR need got greater by signing Reggie.
yup, I had them backwards. Thanks!
@19>18 The first list is pre Reggie. The 2nd list is post Reggie. WR was listed as a bigger concern until we signed Reggie, thusly moving it down the ladder under TE. Your reasoning is sound and universally agreed upon. Your reading comprehension is what let you down -- although the article formatting could have been better