Reviewing the draft: Indianapolis Colts

Reviewing the draft: Indianapolis Colts

With the loss of Edgerrin James in free agency, the Colts had a major hole to fill at running back. Help was also needed in the defensive secondary as they entered the draft.

It was no secret the Colts were very high on Joseph Addai, as was reported by ColtPower.com the weeks leading up to the draft. Addai offers terrific potential as both a ball carrier and pass catcher. Considering the demise of LeDale White prior to the draft, this was a good pick for the team. Not so with the remaining choices during the first day. Tim Jennings is an undersized nickel back with limited starting potential. Given other highly rated corners were still available at pick number 62, primarily Ashton Youboty, this was a bit of a reach. Ditto for Freddie Keiaho, who lacks the size to play the middle and speed for the weak-side. The team rebounded with several value picks on the second day. Both Michael Toudouze and Charlie Johnson offer terrific upside and are solid developmental players. Ditto for Antoine Bethea, a terrific athlete with great size/speed numbers yet a very raw defensive back. Though he is not as polished as second round choice Tim Jennings, he offers a lot more upside potential.

The Colts made a single trade on draft day, giving away a 6th round choice in the '07 draft for pick number 238. They used that selection for T.J. Rushing, who, more then anything else, could bring some impact as a return specialist.

Rd

Sel#

Player

Pos.

School

1

30

Addai, Joseph

RB

LSU

2

62

Jennings, Tim

CB

Georgia

3

94

Keiaho, Freddie

ILB

San Diego St

5

162

Toudouze, Michael

T

TCU

6

199

Johnson, Charlie

G

Oklahoma St

6

207

Bethea, Antoine

FS

Howard

7

238

Rushing, T.J.

CB

Stanford

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