At Colts headquarters, President Bill Polian was about as giddy as you will see him get on Draft Day.
While some people wondered if CB Kelvin Hayden was a true second-round talent, Bill Polian was intent on adding Hayden to the Colts roster for quite some time. Ever since watching the youngster out of Illinois play in a single game, Polian could sense that he was a natural at the cornerback position. He told Colts head coach Tony Dungy about Hayden after that game and they continued to monitor his progress.
Hayden has only one year of experience at corner, having played WR in his junior year. But Polian related that he has a similar physical style to Marlin Jackson, the Colts' first-round pick, although he is a bit raw in a few areas. But the Colts president also said he doesn't think Hayden will need much work to be ready for the pro level of play.
As the evening was winding down with the Colts approaching their third round selection, Marlin Jackson arrived at the Colts Headquarters to chat with the media in person. It was obvious that he is thrilled to be a Colt and his attitude showed clearly that he's ready to get to work.
The buzz amongst the media at Colts Headquarters was focused on how the Colts'
first two selections certainly threw the status of the current Colts'
cornerbacks in doubt. When a team uses their top two picks on one position
despite having a number of players already on the roster at that position, it
certainly doesn't speak highly of the team's confidence in the current talent on
the roster at cornerback.