Grigson impresses with a solid, need-based draft

Authored by Stew Blake on May 10, 2013
Grigson impresses with a solid, need-based draft

In 2012, the Colts had a predictable, but exciting draft. Andrew Luck would be their newly-appointed franchise quarterback, as we all know, and Grigson would cruise through the other rounds selecting players based on purely talent.
Rewind to the 2013 NFL Draft that took place just two weeks ago, and the Colts have added depth and possibly the next Dwight Freeney.
Bjorn Werner, or the Germinator as some affectionately call him, was the Colts’ first round selection at No. 24. Quite a few mocks had Werner falling to the Colts in the second round, but Werner graded out as a first round talent. Personally, I was hoping for the Colts to trade out of the first and pick up some extra picks, while hoping that Werner fell to them in the second.
But who knows if the Berlin native would have been available at the top of round two. Either way, Werner is one of the most complete pass rushing prospects from this year’s draft. He is all motor and will fit nicely on the edge of Pagano’s hybrid alignment as a 3-4 outside linebacker or predominantly a 4-3 DE.
Many made an argument for the Colts to take Datone Jones from LSU. Jones is intriguing because he has the motor of Werner, but he’s quicker off the snap and is a little more athletic than Werner. I graded Jones higher than Werner.
Werner, however, is a pick that screams productivity. He’s a plug-and-play guy that should be able to come in and contribute immediately to boost a lackluster pass rush. For the free agent lovers who may have wanted Paul Kruger, Werner is Kruger, but just cheaper and younger.
The Colts spent their second rounder on Vontae Davis, so they needed to hit on their third, and I believe they did. Hugh Thornton, a big guard from Illinois, is another plug-and-play guy. He fills an immediate need and he can start, in my opinion, from day one.
It’s not a sexy or flashy pick by any means, but it’s one that is so common of Grigson. It’s smart and that’s what I want from my team’s general manager.
Thornton has 36 starts on his record (All-Big Ten second-team honors as a senior) at both guard and tackle. Grigson called him “the most dominant guard of the Senior Bowl.” Yeah, Grigson definitely likes him.
In the fourth, the story of this draft was no different—need, need, need. The Colts found a possible steal in Khaled Holmes, who not only has an NFL bloodline, but is also apparently wicked smart (master’s from USC), as they would say in Boston.
I’d say Grigson views Holmes as a future anchor of the offensive line, considering he traded away the very solid AQ Shipley to the Ravens for a 2014 conditional pick.
The rest of the Colts picks included DT Montori Hughes, SS John Boyett (another possible steal), RB Kerwynn Williams, and 2013’s Mr. Irrelevant, TE Justice Cunningham.
Like I mentioned before, it may not have been a sexy draft, but it’s one that every Colts fan should be happy with.
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