Grading The Indianapolis Colts Draft

<b>Analysis:</b> The selection of Jackson in the first round is a solid pick for a team looking for an increased physical presence and solid cornerback in the zone or cover-two defensive scheme the Colts utilize.

Indianapolis Colts
1 (29) Marlin Jackson; CB - Michigan
2 (60) Kelvin Hayden; CB - Illinois
3 (92) Vincent Burns; DE - Kentucky
4 (129) Dylan Gandy; C - Texas Tech
4 (135) Matt Giordano; S - California
5 (148) Jonathan Welsh; OLB - Wisconsin
5 (165) Rob Hunt; C - North Dakota State
5 (173) Tyjuan Hagler; OLB - Cincinnati
6 (202) Dave Rayner; K - Michigan State
7 (243) Anthony Davis; RB - Wisconsin

Analysis: The selection of Jackson in the first round is a solid pick for a team looking for an increased physical presence and solid cornerback in the zone or cover-two defensive scheme the Colts utilize. Jackson will be a player that will step right in and contribute immediately.

Hayden could prove to be a dual-role player for the Colts. His physical and mental approach makes him a viable candidate to play safety in the Indianapolis defense; at worst, Hayden improves the depth in the defensive backfield. Hayden's speed and quickness should be a welcome addition.

Burns should offer depth and another pass rushing presence along the defensive line. A natural athlete, he could fit well in the Indianapolis defensive scheme, which is becoming increasingly predicated on speed and athleticism. Burns also has the ability to be a sufficient run-stopper and can drop into coverage from the end position.



Grade: B+


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