Hartz was disappointed after Florida's Percy Harvin went one choice before the Colts picked in the first round, but had a chance at a playmaker with a similar style in the second in Penn State's Derrick Williams.
Jennings' straightforward running style will complement Joseph Addai's elusiveness
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Considering the Colts abysmal running game — they were second to last in the NFL in 2008 — and lack of experience behind starter Joseph Addai, Hartz couldn't pass up the big back from Liberty when forced to choose between Jennings and Williams.
"Jennings is a big back, and his bruising, straightforward running style would be a perfect complement to Addai's slashing and elusiveness," Hartz said. "At 6-feet-1 and 237 pounds, the Colts can utilize Jennings for short yardage and on the goal line, two areas they struggled in last year. Indianapolis also requires its backs to participate in the passing game, and Jennings' size will be useful for blocking, while his sure hands can provide another target for QB Peyton Manning."
Other notable selections ahead of the Colts included Detroit taking OT Eben Britton with the first choice of the second round. Three receivers also quickly went off the board — Hakeem Nicks to the Patriots with the 34th pick, Brian Robiskie with the 37th choice, and Juaquin Iglesias to the Cowboys at No. 51. The Bears took Oklahoma OT Phil Loadholt at No. 49, while RB Shonn Green went to the Jets at at No. 50 and Donald Brown went to Cleveland at No. 48.
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