Colts have many options to consider before Thursday night
With the irreplaceable, unpredictable and anything but ordinary collection of three days that is the NFL Draft starting this Thursday at 8 PM ET, teams, draftniks and fans from around the country are all eagerly awaiting that infamous introduction from the league's commissioner:
"The 2013 NFL Draft is now open."
After that, all bets are officially off and if you think you're a "draft expert" or "draft guru" and that you have the most legit draft board available, be prepared to feel like a dope.
Sometimes, the draftniks do get it right. It may seem easy to do their job, but if you look at the work and effort that most of these guys put into their craft, you can't help but to respect and appreciate their input.
Last year, while I was covering the 2012 NFL Draft and 2012 NFL Scouting Combine for StampedeBlue.com, I was lucky enough to be able to get a rare glimpse into the drafting world and just how difficult and tiresome it actually can be.
That considered, just imagine the pressure that all 32 teams of the NFL are feeling come Thursday.
For the Colts, the 2012 NFL Draft was a simple and obvious stepping stone to the future. Ryan Grigson could hit on every pick, but even if he didn’t, it’d all be made right with the selection of one stud - No. 1 overall pick, Andrew Luck.
In 2013, things are different in Indianapolis. Much different.
The Colts broke through a barrier that many thought would get the best of them for the next 2-3 years. That barrier, the playoffs, was demolished by the same rookie whose name was called first on draft night.
With a playoff berth and an 11-5 record, the Colts are absolutely loving life and hating it at the same time. On one hand, they have the amazing, totally unexpected season that was 2012 under their belts. On the other hand, they have the weight of many great expectations for their future bearing down on them - expectations that are simple, yet so complicated.
If the Colts had gone 3-13 or 2-14 last year as many predicted, the expectations would simply be associated with progress and maybe, MAYBE a playoff berth.
But now that the Colts have tasted the playoffs for a tenth time in 11 seasons, only a Lombardi trophy will satisfy the city. On Thursday night, that journey will start with the No. 24 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
There has been much debate about what the Colts will do with this high first-round pick.
Will they select a 3-4 capable outside linebacker who can battle for a starting job against new free agent acquisition Erik Walden? Will they select a defensive end that can rush off the edge and improve the Colts defensive presence against the run? Will they select cornerback Desmond Trufant via the “best player available” approach, immediately solidifying their secondary as one of the league’s most promising? Will they trade down, stockpiling picks in a draft filled with talent?
Decisions, decisions, decisions, as they say. Last year’s draft was fun, but this year is like LaRon Landry rocking Under Armour – jacked.
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