ColtPower Quick Hits

Vandy appears to be finished in Indy ... Cowher, Polian on the talent level in the AFC ... a wide receiver projected as the first-round pick by the Colts? ... and updates on two former Colts in today's ColtPower Quick Hits!

According to one report provided by an NFL analyst, the Colts have decided to move on with a new kicker and let Mike Vanderjagt kick elsewhere. That decision was probably made easier after they saw the tryout results posted by Shane Andrus out of Murray State. ColtPower will give you the details on what Andrus did that impressed the Colts so much in our two-part interview with Andrus to published later this week.

Steelers head coach Bill Cowher and Colts president Bill Polian both acknowledged that the talent level of the top teams in the AFC has gotten so high that it's more difficult to predict which one will land in the Super Bowl.

"I don't think there's a big difference, to be honest with you, from us sitting up here as Super Bowl champions and whether it's the Denver Broncos or Indianapolis Colts," Cowher said. "We beat them on that day. There's a bounce of the ball here, bounce of the ball there."

Polian observed that in addition to the teams that made the playoffs from the AFC, he felt that even Kansas City and San Diego could have had a real shot at representing the AFC in the Super Bowl had they qualified for the playoff rounds.

"I don't think there was an iota of difference from top to bottom among those eight or seven," he said. "The last three years, it's been so competitive that just the slightest little blip on the radar screen can cause you to turn over."

Sportswriter Pete Fiutak has an odd slant on the Colts' selection at #30 in this year's NFL Draft. He's got them slated to pick WR Derek Hagan out of Arizona State. He believes the Colts will hold on to Reggie Wayne, an notes "although Hagan was mediocre in Senior Bowl practices, he provides a good young prospect for Peyton Manning to work with."

No disrespect intended to Hagan, but if that's how the Colts use their first round pick this year after keeping Wayne, I can only imagine the number of objects tossed at television screens by Colts fans who will wonder why a running back, guard or even a linebacker wasn't the first pick. Here's the link to his mock draft article.

With the 2006 Hall of Fame class recently selected, I couldn't recall the exact process used to pick who receives the honor out of the 15 finalists. Peter King at SI.com – one of the 39 selectors – refreshed my memory in a column this week, explaining that the group of 39 meet and review the list of 15 finalists and each selector votes for 10 of them to move into the next round of voting. Once the top ten is selected from that ballot, they each get to vote for their top six. Votes are compiled to determine who moves into the final six, and then each selector votes either "yes" or "no" on each of them. Those votes are tallied and you have your next class of inductees.

Former Colts Updates

Tory Humphrey, an undrafted free agent signed by the Colts last April will be playing in NFL Europe this spring. After his release by Indianapolis, the wide receiver out of Central Michigan University signed with the Packers and was activated for their final game of the regular season against Seattle. He'll be playing for the Amsterdam Admirals before reporting to Green Bay's training camp this summer.

Former Colts defensive end Richard Dent, who spent most of his career with the Chicago Bears, will be inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame on February 24th. Dent also played for the 49ers and the Eagles prior to retiring in 1999. His Tennessee connection comes from his collegiate years, graduating from Tennessee State University in 1983 before entering the NFL and becoming a four-time Pro Bowler who also played on two Super Bowl championship teams. Dent, now 45 years old, has been on the Hall of Fame ballot and finished his career with 137.5 sacks.


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