Colts Add to Linebacker Corps in Round Two

The Colts were able to re-sign Gary Brackett to a long-term deal earlier in the offseason, but Bill Polian still couldn't resist grabbing a linebacker in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft, selecting Iowa's Pat Angerer.

Polian loves players from Kirk Ferentz's Iowa program, and has seen Bob Sanders and Dallas Clark come from Iowa to become Pro Bowlers with the Colts.

"[Angerer] runs really well ... tough, hard-nosed player," Polian said. "He was coached by the same position coach who coached Gary Brackett at Rutgers and they're very similar players. If you like the way Gary plays you'll like the way Pat plays.

"To steal a phrase from coach [Caldwell] he's 'smart, fast and physical.' And the fact that he's a Hawkeye doesn't hurt either."

With the signing of Brackett, the Colts may be looking long-term with the addition of Angerer. He may not be fast enough to play the weak-side outside position, which Clint Session has locked down anyway. Angerer could make a move for a starting position on the strong side, where Philip Wheeler is the current starter.

"We'll see," Polian said. "Hopefully he can come in and play a major role from Day One — in the nickel, on special teams. We also felt we needed a very high-quality for Gary there."

In the short-term, however, Angerer may be bound for a backup and special-teams role as he learns the ins and outs of the team's defense. And if he was the "best player available" on the Colts' board, then he was indeed the right choice.

We often say we 'let the board talk to us' and it did here, loudly and clearly," Polian said.

Some fans won't be happy, however, that the team went for a linebacker when there are more pressing needs for the team on the offensive line — and talented players like Charles Brown and Jon Asamoah were available — or in the defensive backfield.

But there's no arguing with Angerer's credentials, either. As a All-American and co-team MVP for the Hawkeyes in 2009, he ranked fourth in the country in tackles per game.

"He's a guy that has a lot of range and can certainly cover the field," Jim Caldwell said. "A guy with great anticipation and he certainly understands defensive concepts very well. So we think he'll be a good fit for us."

Polian echoed those thoughts.

"This is a player that is definitely going to help our football team, no doubt about it," he said.


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