In a move that could once again send Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt into a temper tantrum, the Colts utilized their 6th round pick on Michigan State kicker Dave Rayner. As ColtPower Sportswriter Jerry Langton pointed out in his article "Caught Looking" earlier this week, the Colts had scouted Rayner due to his ability to consistently get the ball in the opponent's end zone. In fact, Rayner booted it past the goal line 82% of the time during his career with the Spartans.
With their final pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, the Colts chose RB Anthony Davis out of Wisconsin, bringing their Big Ten Conference draftee total to 5 out of their 10 picks. A brilliant student at Wisconsin where he graduated with a 4.0 grade point average, Davis is a big-play back despite his 5'7, 200-lb frame. He finished his career with the Badgers with a 5.1 yards per rush average (4th all-time), and finished second in all-time rushing TDs in Wisconsin history with 42, just 2 short of the record. Physically strong, Davis has been impacted by an ankle injury, thigh bruise, and a fractured orbital socket. Ironically, Davis is an outstanding inside runner, able to break through tackles and burst into the open. He is also sure-handed, fumbling just once in his career despite 908 carries, but is not much of a threat as a receiving back.
ColtPower's sportswriters will provide more analysis and insight on these two players, as well as the rest of the Colts' 2005 draft week over the next two weeks.