For some reason, I keep comming on here to relieve some of my Colts thoughts even though I am not sure that anyone wants to hear them. Anyway, I had a few thoughts about this draft this weekend as I sat infront of the TV working on end of the year papers and whatnot.
1) Anyone else think that this draft shows what this regime thinks about the last one? I half wonder if the brain trust wants to give the defense a real look after playing a full season with something resembling a game plan, much like we saw at the end of last year. The starting line up: Redding-Chapman-Moala up front (with Nevis-Johnson-McKinney for depth), Freeney-Angerer-Connor-Mathis as LB's (With Fugger-Hughes-Hickman and Addison as backups), and Powers-Thomas-Bethea-Zibikowski on the back end (with Rucker and Lefedge as back ups) isn't that that bad in that there is a bit of potential in the group and, much like Dunleavy said, is kinda-sorta workable-ish with reservations. If Moala, Nevis, Hughes, and/or Thomas live up ot their potential, this defense could go from "hold on tight" to "hey-- it could be worse" or even "Work in progress" fairly quickly.
2) Anyone esle see a little of Teddy Bruschi in Fugger? After watching the limited tape out there and talking to the only die-hard Vandy fan I know, we agreed that Fugger is good comming off the edge but could make an interesting ILB... apparently, he can sort through traffic pretty well, even against SEC sized offenses.
3) Vick Ballard: not as bad as I thought when they drafted him. Apparently OK in pass pro and has ok hands.... just seems to lumber despite only being a little bit bigger than Donald Brown.
4) Some good undrafteds could make the roster: I like Chris Gallipo (and wonder if he wouldn't be a bit better if he dropped about ten lbs), Michah Pellerin (Not super speedy, but a bit faster than he was timed and, well, couldn't be much worse than we have for depth) and Matt Merletti (kinda like Caldwell but with more upside on special teams).
Wow.... I just spent some time watching Anderson.... A certifiable Tackle... really good feet, explodes off the snap... can slide and mirror even against much smaller and athletic players.... watched him against LSU and South Carolina (and some other tape) and he never seemed to get beat off the outside.... good punch and once he locks on, the player is done... both patient and constantly active... awareness not excellent but good enough... run blocking a weakness, and spends a lot of time on the ground because his hips are a little too stiff which keeps his pad level high... when he is beat, he is beat to the inside; largely because his momentum off the snap (with his size) made his recovery time back toward the middle a step slow.... Looked much more like a mid round pic to my eyes and fired off the line much faster than Glenn ever did.
My pick from the UDFA list is Chigbo Anunoby, the Nose Tackle from Morehouse College. If Chapman can stay healthy he and Anunoby will make a fearsome NT duo once McKinney moves on
I agree re the defense. On offense, we know what we have--an old Reggie Wayne, a solid Donald Brown, an unspectacular line that needs reinforcement, Austin Collie, and not much else. It makes sense to retool it. On defense, though, it's much less clear what we have, since we won't know how folks will transition. Makes sense, then, to go all in on Luck this year, making it easier on him (while still getting the best players available), and wait and see on the defense.
@NateWalton "Griff Whalen" sounds more like an inappropriate action than a real name. So yes, I am rooting for him. "Its time for some Griff Whalen.... if you know what I mean."
On second thought: I more than like Galippo and see some potential as an outside LB in this scheme....