Channing Crowder, LB/Florida 6025 248
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
an astonishing 25 TFL's and 11 sacks as a senior.
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.
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
Ryan Moats, RB/Louisiana Tech 5085 210
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.
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.
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