Fourth Round Nets A Target and Tackle

The Colts added another weapon for Peyton Manning and a big defensive tackle in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. How will the two men drafted by the Colts fare in the coming season? Who will they compete against on the current roster? Brad Keller breaks them down.

Austin Collie, Wide Receiver, BYU:

At 6-feet-1 and 200 pounds, Collie is a bit on the big side to play receiver for the Colts, particularly in the slot.  But, he can help out in a lot of ways, especially on special teams, where he has experience both covering and returning kicks.


Austin Collie
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He was extremely productive throughout college, with 4,649 total yards and 30 total touchdowns in 37 games over the course of three seasons.

He surprised a number of people by declaring for the draft following his junior season, but, since he was already 24 after having gone on a mission, it made sense for him to declare "early" and not be at too advanced an age when he was selected.

Collie certainly could have benefited from another year at BYU, but also wouldn't have improved his draft stock much by being 25 once the 2010 draft rolled around. 

At this point, he's an older, faster, slightly bigger version of Pierre Garcon, with the advantage of having played Division I football.  Garcon, though, has the advantage of being a second-year player with experience in the offense and a fairly solid lock on the third receiver spot.

The key for Collie will be to distinguish himself in the return and coverage games as the fourth receiver, since the Colts have not historically had a player that has excelled in that role.

Overall, they've been lacking a solid return threat for most of this decade, so Collie is worth a shot and has a better than average chance of making the roster, provided he can understand the offense and contribute something in the return game.

Terrance Taylor, Defensive Tackle, Michigan:

Taylor has been a force in Big Ten play for some time, but is currently suffering from what all Michigan players are suffering from — lack of respect in the eyes of scouts due to their poor showing during the 2008 season.

He was productive in college and has an exceptional motor, but lacks ideal size at the position — he's heavy enough to play for the Colts at 306 pounds but, at six feet tall, he's shorter than most defensive tackle prospects, especially those that play in the 4-3.

With some time in the film room, some determination, and a commitment to make the team, Taylor could make some noise during OTAs, mini-camps, and training camp, and eventually make the roster as a nose tackle.

He currently isn't facing very stiff competition from the likes of Eric Foster and Antonio Johnson, but he'll also have to face off against fellow rookie Fili Moala.

Moala is taller, younger, faster, and was a higher draft choice than Taylor, so Taylor will face an uphill battle in order to advance past Moala on the depth chart.

But, he does not have to beat Moala, he simply needs to make the team.  Given his track record and ability to contribute, his odds of making the team are good, but he most likely will not be a star — nor do the Colts need him to be.


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