The outrage was immediate and, occasionally, over the top.
General manager Ryan Grigson, many insisted, had temporarily lost his mind. Send the Coltsí 2013 second- and fifth-round draft picks to the Miami Dolphins for enigmatic cornerback Vontae Davis?
Grigsonís rationale at the time was Davis was a better player than the Colts would find with their second-round pick in this yearís draft, which was No. 54 overall. He was a 2009 first-round pick of the Dolphins who had appeared in 44 games, 36 as a starter. And as it turned out, the Colts recouped the fifth-rounder when Davis failed to meet play-time requirements.
After a slow start that in part was due to injuries, Davis rounded into a solid corner. He started 10 games and ranked third on the team with three interceptions.
To compare apples and apples, what did Miami do with the Coltsí second-round pick? They took Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor.
Taylor might develop into a Pro Bowl player. And he might not.
Given the choice, itís a no-brainer. Take the established veteran, especially when heís 24. The draft is risky enough as it is.
Of course, now itís incumbent upon Grigson to make certain Davis isnít a short-term addition. Davisí contract expires at the end of the season. If he plays at a high level, lock him up.
If the Colts determine Davis isnít worth a new contract or he doesnít merit one, then let the criticism begin anew.