Draft Grades – Indianapolis Colts


I’ve been looking at the fantasy repercussions of the 2013 Draft and giving out a few grades and rankings. The grades mostly focus on fantasy-relevant positions, but I’m also examining overall positional value and strategy. A complete list of teams already covered can be found at my author archive.

No. 21 Indianapolis Colts                                            Grade: C-

2012’s Luck-fueled, fairy tale campaign would have embarrassed Aaron Sorkin for execution and sentimentalism (the good kind). Once it ended, the whiteboard got muddled in a hurry. Bruce Arians departed. New scriptwriters came on board. Stock characters (Pep Hamilton) and contrived plot devices (a free agent splurge on Gosder Cherilus, Ricky Jean Francois, Matt Hasselbeck, Greg Toler) replaced magic and inspiration.

Like much of Indy’s offseason, their draft featured character actors in lead roles. Bjoern Werner fits as a complementary piece at DE. That’s a huge concern on a team starved for leading men. (Kavell Conner earned the highest PFF grade among their defenders last season, and he only played limited snaps.)

Hugh Thorton (86) and Khaled Holmes (121) were brought on board to bolster a permanently lackluster O-line. Perhaps Vick Ballard will see a boost from the new hires. After leapfrogging Donald Brown, he managed only 3.9 yards per carry last season, and his comp to Montee Ball wasn’t considered positive for Denver’s new rookie.

Those expecting Ballard to act as an RB2 in 2013 should be wary of their late selection of Kerwynn Williams. Mentioned as an arbitrage candidate for the first running back selected, don’t be surprised if he siphons quite a few carries.

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By Shawn Siegele | @ff_contrarian | Archive

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