Mock Draft Review: It Wasn't Maroney

The web is full of mock drafts. So how many sites nailed the Colts' choice of Joseph Addai? And where did the other players land that some of the other mocks predicted? ColtPower takes a look in the rear-view mirror to see how the mock draft prognosticators fared.

This season, thanks to the hard work of Scout.com's Barry McBride, we debuted the Mock Draft Muncher at ColtPower.com. This provided fans with a single-page snapshot of who the various mock drafts were projecting the Colts would select, saving you the time of bouncing from site to site to gather that information.

The Muncher displayed close to 50 different mock drafts. Based on their final mocks, here's how they did in projecting who the Colts would pick.

NAILED IT
With the thirtieth selection in the 2006 draft, the Colts selected LSU's Joseph Addai. Scout.com's draft experts at TFY Preview led the way by correctly predicting this choice along with ten other sites.

MISSED
Fourteen sites went with popular media sentiment that Indianapolis would go after Minnesota's Laurence Maroney. And that made sense if you considered the Colts' focus in recent years on Big Ten players and Maroney's talent and physical frame. But they overlooked one simple fact. It was highly unlikely that Maroney would drop all the way to number thirty. New England grabbed Maroney in the first round with the 21st overall pick.

One site fell into a similar trap, projecting Memphis' DeAngelo Williams as the Colts' pick. And while Williams was high on Indianapolis' list, he came off the board at No. 27 when selected by the Panthers. That said, he fell closer to the Colts' pick than many thought heading into this draft.

Four sites thought Maryland LB D'Qwell Jackson would be a Colt while two sites had Ohio State's Bobby Carpenter going to Indy. Carpenter was off the board and heading to Dallas by the time the Colts picked.

Jackson was available, but based on what we heard following the draft from a Colts representative, the Colts were committed to going with Joseph Addai or DeAngelo Williams. So it's doubtful they would have grabbed Jackson or even Carpenter unless both running backs were off the board. And even then, it appears they would have considered UCLA's Maurice Drew at that point.

Some other linebackers that got one or two votes were Florida State's Ernie Sims who was the 9th overall selection by Detroit and Alabama's DeMeco Ryans who was picked with the first selection of the second round by Houston.

Three sites thought the Colts would select USC's LenDale White. And even though they were in the ballpark with the Colts picking a running back, White wasn't really a good selection for the Colts on a number of fronts. A second-round pick by the Titans, White will get to show the Colts if they made a mistake twice a year.

MISSED BY A MILE
About.com predicted the Colts would select Ashton Youboty. That was a real reach to project in the first round, and the Colts -- somewhat surprisingly, even passed on him when they made their selection in the second round.

East Coast Sports News made a bizarre projection, saying the Colts would trade with Tampa Bay to move up seven slots to get Maroney, surrendering their 3rd-round pick in this draft and next year's fifth-rounder. That would have left the Colts with out a pick in the third, fourth, and seventh rounds of this year's draft. And with as good as the Colts are at finding talent in the third through fifth rounds, that didn't make much sense, especially with other talented backs available in this year's draft class.

Football Minds projected the Colts would select Wisconsin running back Brian Calhoun in the first round. That was a huge reach based on the talent pool at running back this year. Calhoun wasn't picked until the third round, 74th overall, by the Lions.

NFL Answers thought the Colts would select Iowa LB Abdul Hodge. He didn't get picked up until the third round at No. 67 overall by the Packers.

Hail Redskins made an odd choice based on the fact that they had the Colts using their first-round pick on Oklahoma guard Davin Joseph, who went in the first round to Tampa Bay. The Colts had more pressing needs in the early rounds than an offensive lineman.

Bengals Zone overlooked the fact that the Colts were already stacked with talent at the defensive end position. They projected the Colts would burn their first round pick on Boston College DE Mathias Kiwanuka who was the 32nd overall pick of the first round by the Giants.


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