North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks
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Rumor #1: The Colts are going to take a wide receiver in the draft, right? Sure they are. Every message board thinks so, and your faithful editor said as much on the NFL Network recently. But hey, it's a copycat league. Maybe all the other talking heads babbling about players like Kenny Britt and Hakeem Nicks had an influence when the chance came along to impersonate one.
It's certainly fun to think about another toy for Peyton Manning to play with. But when it came time to make a choice for the Colts in the Scout.com Mock Draft, one had to consider other factors.
Such as this one: the Colts were a flawed football team in 2008. But for Manning regaining his form just in time to save the season, and some extremely timely plays from the defense — think Raheem Brock and Gary Brackett in Houston, Eric Foster in Pittsburgh and Robert Mathis in Cleveland — the Colts could have easily finished .500 or worse last year.
So, as this scribe was pondering what to do while once again pretending to be something he wasn't (TV-ready, President of NFL team), thoughts turned to what the Colts really needed to get better at in 2009. They couldn't stop teams from running the ball, and they couldn't run it themselves. Thus, the choices: DT Evander Hood of Missouri in the first round, RB Rashad Jennings of Liberty in the second.
Plenty of salivating WR prospects were left on the board. It did help, however, that do-all speedster Percy Harvin wasn't when it came time to pick, however.
The whole "best player available" approach is fine and dandy — but wide receivers can't play defensive tackle, and that's the position where a top talent could really benefit the Colts. Hood, with his exceptional quickness, seems tailor-made.
Stay tuned. We won't know the answer to this one until draft day, anyway. And neither will Polian, although his answer will likely be better than anything written here and everywhere else.
Southern California's Mark Sanchez
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Supposedly, the Colts are to hold a private workout for the Southern Cal quarterback before his Pro Day on April 1. Could they be interested in grabbing Sanchez, or even trading up for him, were he to be sitting uncomfortably in the Green Room on draft day, á la Brady Quinn in 2007?
As one ColtPower poster astutely pointed out, the Colts could be taking a look at Sanchez to get an idea of his value.
Or, there could be a simpler answer: The Colts aren't working out Sanchez at all.
ColtPower.com founder and Scout.com Senior NFL Analyst Ed Thompson has seen the list of Sanchez's scheduled meetings and workouts from March 10 until well into next month, and he tells ColtPower that the Colts aren't on it. So, unless the workout happened before March 10, it likely isn't happening at all. The original report, from the LA Daily News, also seems to have vanished into thin air.
It's looking like just another pre-draft rumor that turns out not to be true, with a lot of unnecessary ink spilled.
(Of course, no one really "spills ink" on the web, but it sure sounds better than, say, "a lot of bandwidth wasted." Doesn't have the same cachet, really).
The Colts aren't interested in using a first-round pick on a quarterback, particularly Sanchez — although you'll hear nary a bad word about the Trojan QB here, and it's not because his older brother has plenty of incriminating stories about his former teammate.
No, there's a chance that Sanchez could be gone 28 picks before the Colts choose 29th. Chris Steuber has been touting this for a while now, and it sounds like the idea of Sanchez going first is starting to pick up steam.
Of course, that's a rumor for another day, and another team. No doubt it will get plenty of mileage.
Tom Moore and Peyton Manning
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Rumor #3: Tom Moore and Howard Mudd are considering retirement: Colts fans should hope this one is true. Not because Moore and Mudd don't do a great job, because they do. But put yourself in their shoes. If you were 71 or 67 years old, respectively, wouldn't you be at least considering retirement, or quite possibly, thinking about it every day?
It makes sense for Moore to go out with Peyton Manning, who has turned his offensive vision into a work of art, decades after he introduced it, but who would blame him for stepping down at any time? The same goes for Mudd, who had some health concerns last season and missed two games because of knee surgery.
Besides, the Colts, who generally like to promote from within (although they have bucked that trend this spring with the hiring of Larry Coyer and Ray Rychleski), have capable replacements already in place. Clyde Christensen was a serious candidate for the 49ers offensive coordinator job. Although the Colts recently promoted him to assistant head coach, he could fulfill the offensive coordinator duties as well. With Manning on the team for the foreseeable future, there won't be a lot of teaching to do.
As far as Mudd goes, the team also seems to have a lot of faith in assistant Pete Metzelaars, who took over for Mudd last season during his surgery.
So, believe this one — it's probably about time, and both Moore and Mudd have served the Colts well. It's a credit to them that they've decided to come back for 2009 with all the changes elsewhere in the organization. After the season, it should be their turn to ride into the sunset.
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