Four to Watch in the Second

As the Colts approach their second pick of the NFL Draft, ColtPower's Brent Foshee takes a look at four players that could be a good fit at this point in the draft.

Channing Crowder, LB/Florida 6025 248

Intro: A two-year starter Channing Crowder was a fixture on Florida's defense. Using his athletic abilities to see the field, Crowder had 14 career TFL's.

TFY's Take: A defensive force that can be used in a variety of ways, Crowder makes his presence felt on the field. Besides being a game impacting linebacker he has also been an outstanding special teams player at Florida. Needs to physically mature and remain focused on the field to have a productive career in the NFL.

ColtPower's Take: Crowder is the more athletic of the three top inside linebackers. Crowder, however, does not always play up to his abilities. Given time to mature, both physically and mentally, he could become the new style of NFL middle linebacker that is equally adept at moving from sideline to sideline as he is at stopping the run.

Jason Jefferson, DT/ Wisconsin 6015 310

Intro: Not known for making plays himself, Jefferson is a strong and quick defensive tackle that forces the action to go away from him. Jefferson often took up multiple blockers while more heralded teammates Erasmus James and Antajj Hawthorne benefitted by making plays when blocked one on one.

TFY's Take: A defensive lineman who's quickness gives him a decided advantage against opponents, Jefferson is a competitor who is always working to make the play. Has growth limitations, yet would be effective as a three technique lineman or in a system that places him next to a wide bodied tackle.

ColtPower's Take: Jefferson might be considered a reach at this point in the draft but he is without question the type of player that the Colts covet, hardworking and physically talented. Even with size limitations, Jefferson uses his quickness and strength to occupy blockers. While he will almost certainly never be a great playmaker himself, Jefferson would make his teammates around him better players -- just ask Erasmus James and Antajj Hawthorne.

 Jonathan Babineaux, DT/Iowa 6020 286

Intro: Had an astonishing 25 TFL's and 11 sacks as a senior.

TFY's Take: An athletic defensive line prospect who lacks the pure height for end and the size in the middle, Babineaux possesses the skills to be used in a variety of systems. Best in a three technique or lined up against a wide-bodied defensive tackle.

ColtPower's Take: Babineaux is another player that may not be exactly what the Colts are looking for at defensive tackle, but who offers value that can not be ignored. An athletic playmaker that consistently gets penetration, Babineaux should be gone by the time the Colts select and would be difficult for the team to pass up based on value. 

Ryan Moats, RB/Louisiana Tech 5085 210

Intro: Moats ran for over 3000 yards and scored 28 touchdowns in two years as a starter. Smaller than most backs, Moats uses his speed and shiftiness to elude would-be tacklers. Even though he was not featured in the passing game in 2004, he caught 27 balls in 2003.

TFY's Take: Very productive the past two seasons, Moats projects very well as a third down back at the next level. Though he possesses marginal size to be an NFL starter he does have all of the skills needed and could be a spot starter in the NFL.

ColtPower's Take: Running back may not be a huge need for the Colts this year, but Moats is a player that fits their system and caught the teams' eye as early as January at the East-West Shrine Game where Colts scouts were impressed by him. With Edgerrin James' Colts career looking like it is about to come to a close at the end of this season, Moats is a perfect fit for their system and may be too good of a value to pass up.

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