Rd 1 - #1(1) Andrew Luck(QB) Stanford
Rd 2 - #2(34) Coby Fleener(TE) Stanford
Rd 3 - #1(64) Dwayne Allen(TE) Clemson
Rd 3 - #29(92) T.Y. Hilton(WR) Fla Int'l
Rd 5 - #1(136) Josh Chapman(DT) Alabama
Rd 5 - #35(170) Vick Ballard(RB) Miss St
Rd 6 - #36(206) LaVon Brazill(WR) Ohio
Rd 7 - #1(208) Justin Anderson(OG) Georgia
Rd 7 - #7(214) Tim Fugger(OLB) Vanderbilt
Rd 7 - #46(253) Chandler Harnish(QB) N Illinois
With the first two picks, and with Fleener falling to us in the second round, I was sitting back thinking this could be the greatest draft in Colts history. That being said, after Fleener, Grigson clearly lost his mind or called Bill Pollian for advice because things took an extreme turn for the worst. I do not understand wasting the #1 pick in the third round on ANOTHER tight end with much clearer needs. I get the 2 TE set, but that is something that can be built upon and didn't need to be addressed. That could be addressed with FA as well.
I gave Grigson the benefit of the doubt with that horrible pick, even though there were clearly many starting NFL caliber cornerbacks on the board that we could have taken that would have made a bigger impact next year than ANOTHER frigging tight end. Oh well.
Come the fifth round, he surprised me even more and in another worse way. Hilton is a project WR, and is not starting NFL caliber. He is injury prone, and small. That however is irrelevant. This was NOT a dire need on the Colts with Wayne, Collie, Fleener and our second new tight end.
The NT pick in the 5th was a steal. We got a guy that fell to use because other teams didn't have as much of a need for him. He should be solid and hopefully become a solid piece.
6th and 7th continued the downward spiral of boneheaded garbage picks with a running back we do not need, and ANOTHER practice squad wide receiver.
Anderson and Fugger are practice squads as well, maybe they will surprise but who knows. The potential is limited.
Finally, he topped off the day by drafting another QB. He fit the joke pick of the day nicely by picking an absolute joke.
I just have a hard time seeing Grigson and Irsays strategy with all this. I just want to call up Irsay and be like "SPLAIN' IT TO ME LUCY!!!" Our most OBVIOUS need (secondary) wasn't even thought about? Does Grigson and Irsay plan on dressing up and playing as our starting CB's next season? Does he really honestly believe that ANOTHER tight end is going to make more of impact that having a single cornerback?! What about safety?! Offensive line depth?! I would have been happier with them simply just drafting hole fillers on defense, but he he failed to even do that!
Overall, if it wasn't for Luck and Fleener which was a gift from God, this draft earns a grade of an F. However, ONLY because of luck (no pun intended), that we got the first two guys I will give it a D+. And that is a GENEROUS D+ grade. I should just take Luck out of the equation since Grigson had no strategy with him. Take that out and the grade returns to an F.
I really am not sure what the Colts plans are. Maybe that want to suck bad enough next year to get another high pick? Who knows... I am reminded of the Manning draft, where Pollian idiotically drafted two wide receivers back to back after Manning, both of which were absolute garbage. Looking back on that draft, if you take out Peyton, that draft would earn a grade of an F as well. Time will tell, but on paper, and judging by the needs we failed to fill, this why I give the draft such a low grade.
Again, I am not saying every pick needs to be a pro bowler, but when you have needs like we do, you at least use your flier picks on players that can fill the holes you have. Failing to address the secondary is absolutely 100% inexcusable in my book. He should have at least just taken someone with the last pick to give the presumption that he cared about building a defense. Moving to 3-4 defense leaves us with even more holes than a normal team would have, and I am just in shock Grigson failed to even try to address these needs.