Colts Searching for Sorgi's Replacement?

The Colts have Jim Sorgi under contract for 2008, but many feel he's not capable of leading the team if Peyton Manning were to go down. The team may have spoken with Sorgi's replacement at a recent workout. Brad Keller has the full scoop and analysis in this Insider feature.

On Saturday, March 15, Colts officials were spotted at a workout session held for Columbia quarterback Craig Hormann.

There are no official reports of a meeting between the two, but, by all accounts, Hormann put on a fairly impressive show and, in particular displayed a strong arm and good accuracy.

At 6 feet, 4 inches and 234 pounds, Hormann certainly looks the part. The civil engineering major is originally from Indianapolis (Lawrence Central) and interned with the Colts in the summer of 2005, so there is a natural connection between the organization and the player.

And, although he played at the Division I FCS level — formerly Division I-AA — he put up some solid numbers with 6,202 yards passing and 27 touchdown passes over the course of his college career, three years of which was spent as a starter.


Indiananpolis native and Columbia quarterback Craig Hormann
AP Photo/Lisa Poole

The trouble with those numbers, though, is how they were accumulated.  In order to pass for 2,505 yards in 2007, Hormann needed to attempt 393 passes, which is an average of 6.37 yards per attempt.

That's not terrible, but fellow Division FCS prospect Joe Flacco averaged nearly two more yards per attempt last season and Peyton Manning has averaged 7.7 yards per attempt for his career.

In addition, Columbia played only ten games in 2007, which means that Hormann averaged 39.3 pass attempts per game, which comes out to a whopping 629 throughout the course of a 16-game NFL season.  So, for a 16-game season, Hormann's numbers would look like this: 629 attempts, 344 completions, 4,010 yards, 19 touchdowns and 24 interceptions.

That's an awful lot of attempts and yards for less than 20 touchdown passes.

But, the big thing to keep in mind is that Columbia was absolutely dreadful in 2007, with some of the lowlights being that they were 1-9 overall, 0-7 in conference play, and were outscored by an average count of 32-18 for the season.

And they have, throughout the course of Hormann's time as a Lion, not been very good, with last season serving as the low point in his tenure.

Forced to play from behind and most likely with a less-than-stellar supporting class, Hormann essentially was Columbia's entire offense.

Indianapolis will need to look at Hormann purely as an athlete and a prospect, placing little to no weight in his college production, trusting what they saw in the workout session and, for the most part, what they see on film.

He has flown under the radar to this point and is currently not even listed in the rankings for the draft's top 21 quarterbacks by Scout.com.

It is highly likely that he will not be drafted and would therefore be a priority free agent for the Colts.

As a local player, he is allowed to come in for a visit without it counting towards the 30 total visits that Indianapolis has been allocated for this year by the NFL. They therefore have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Although they have two players that are familiar with the system in longtime backup Jim Sorgi and practice squad graybeard Josh Betts, the Colts cannot feel comfortable with their depth behind Manning.

However, they have bigger needs to fill with their selections in the seven rounds of this year's draft and it will be a substantial upset if Hormann is drafted.

As a hometown prospect with an Ivy league education, enough arm strength to be competitive, and a familiarity with the team, the fan base, and the area, Hormann is a quality prospect that carries zero risk and a considerable potential reward.


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