Inside the ColtPower War Room: Rounds 5-7

With six selections in these rounds, the Colts have the opportunity to hit and miss, hopefully tabbing some future starters, but definitely with an eye towards bolstering special teams. Bill Polian will face a number of difficult decisions and ColtPower is here to help with their suggestions. Brad Keller has projections here.

Indianapolis has four selections — one regular and three compensatory — in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

At worst, most of these players will have been chewed up and spit out by the time the final cutdown to 53 is made before the 2008 season starts.

At best, Bill Polian will find some valuable role players, some special teams standouts in the mold of Darrell Reid and Matt Giordano, and some potential starters for the future.

That's how ColtPower has their draft board stacked and here are the predictions and options for the Colts for those picks.

With the 161st Selection in the 2008 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts Select:

Jacob Tamme, tight end, Kentucky.

The fourth round was too early to select Tamme, who the Colts spoke with at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL.

Kentucky's Jacob Tamme
AP Photo/Ed Reinke

In the fifth round, the speedy senior Wildcat has the speed to stretch the seam, the hands and courage to catch the ball over the middle, and the production at the collegiate level for Indianapolis to trust him as a compliment to Dallas Clark and Bryan Fletcher.

After the departure of Ben Utecht, the Colts needed to fill that roster spot with someone that fits the mold for the position.  Tamme is such a player.

Other Options:

Carlton Powell, defensive tackle, Virginia Tech.  Powell was originally viewed as a seventh-round selection at best.

But given the fact that a number of teams are willing to overlook his lack of statistics in lieu of his ability to penetrate the line of scrimmage and occupy blockers, he may go as early as the fifth round.

Hopefully, you'll see him available later in the draft as a compensatory selection for Indianapolis.  However, if the Colts see him as too valuable an asset to risk losing out on him, they may pull the trigger at this point.

Mackenzy Bernadeau, guard, Bentley College.  Bernadeau finds himself in a similar situation to Powell with his draft stock rising above the level of priority free agent.

Even though he played against a lower level of competition in Division II, he has the measurables and the athletic ability to be an effective player at the next level.  Do the Colts believe in that enough to pull the trigger here with center/guard Mike Pollak already in the fold?  Only time will tell.

With the 196th Selection in the 2008 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts Select:

Arizona State's Ryan Torain
AP Photo/Benjamin Sklar

Ryan Torain, running back, Arizona State.

With their actual selection, the Colts pick a running back that they've spoken with and, at a shade over 6 feet and 222 pounds, is a less-talented second-coming of Edgerrin James.

He does not catch the ball as well as Edge and neither is he as accomplished a pass blocker, but he is a big player that can move the pile, that makes positive yardage after contact, and is the type of slashing runner that the Colts covet.

With the 201st Selection (First Compensatory) in the 2008 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts Select:

Wesley Woodyard, linebacker, Kentucky.

Woodyard is a classically undersized prospect in the mold of Cato June that enjoyed tremendous production at the collegiate level, but scouts doubt his ability to translate that performance to the next level.

Another option is Louisville's Lamar Myles, who is a similar player in size and speed to Woodyard, but was not as productive throughout the course of his college career.

Both are good options to learn the system, contribute on special teams with their speed and tenacity, and eventually emerge as starters.

With the 202nd Selection (Second Compensatory) in the 2008 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts Select:

Trae Williams, cornerback, South Florida.

Williams improved on his Combine time of 4.53 seconds in the 40 by running another 4.53 as well as a 4.48.

Trae Williams knocks a pass away
AP Photo/Mike Carlson

Still, on film and according to the stopwatch, he appears to lack the top-end speed that most teams require at the position.  He does, however, compare very favorably to Marlin Jackson, as Jackson ran similar times and had similar doubts cast on him heading into the 2005 draft.

But Marlin was far more productive in college, is three inches taller than Williams, and is much more effective, capable, and willing in run support.

The thinking here is that Indianapolis should take him with their compensatory selection, have him contribute in special teams and in sub packages, show him the way to the weight room, and possibly have him fill the free safety role should anything happen to Anoine Bethea or Matt Giordano through free agency or otherwise.

He has plenty of speed to play safety for the Colts, has good ball skills, and more than enough awareness and closing speed to play center field if necessary. 

With the 205th Selection (Third Compensatory) in the 2008 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts Select:

Carlton Powell, defensive tackle, Virginia Tech.

Ultimately, his lack of college production in terms of tackles for loss and sacks, given the scheme that he played in, his lack of size (292 pounds), and lack of explosion or speed (5.14 in the 40), will make him available at this point.

He will fill a very useful role in the tackle rotation and may end up needing to step up, much the way that his counterpart on the current Colts roster, Ed Johnson, did throughout the course of the 2007 season.

With the 236th Selection in the 2008 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts Select:

Tommy Ellingworth, wide receiver, Augustana.

With his speed, Ellingworth can contribute in coverage in special teams early on and may end up as a very attractive candidate for the practice squad after Indianapolis makes the final cutdown to 53 before the 2008 season.

He has rare speed and athletic ability, but his lack of experience playing against a high level of competition will ultimately make him a priority free agent, as opposed to one of the lucky few that will hear their name called before Mr. Irrelevant gets taken off the board.

However, given the fervor with which most teams pursue undrafted free agents, Ellingworth proves himself valuable enough for the Colts to ensure that they hold the rights to him.

On a loaded roster with few obvious holes, Ellingworth is worth a shot at this late stage in the draft.  Regardless of what eventually happens with him, the Colts will be happy that they claimed the rights to this very intriguing athlete before the final bell sounds.

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