2010 NFL Draft Grades: Indianapolis Colts
The Colts always have fun during the NFL Draft, knowing full well that they rarely need many offensive upgrades and simply need to add depth all around.
That’s mostly the case this year, and they added a few key pieces that could both help out off the bench, and possibly even take over a big role in 2010.
Indy took the versatile and athletic Jerry Hughes out of TCU in the first round, giving them a big, mobile body to line-up on the edge of their line, or rush the passer from the outside of the linebacker corps.
The Colts added another fierce linebacker in the second round, bringing on Iowa linebacker Pat Angerer, who can play just about anywhere in the Colts’ linebacking corps, as he (like Hughes) has great versatility, to go with sound instincts and good athleticism.
Indianapolis also added some depth to their shaky secondary by adding USC’s Kevin Thomas. The Colts had solid production from their secondary for the most part in 2009, but injuries left them banged up, making it a priority to add some talent for insurance.
The Colts didn’t land any other big-names or guys that will make an impact right away, but they added some defensive depth, while also addressing the offensive line in the fourth round by picking up Jacques McClendon.
1 (31) Jerry Hughes, DE/OLB, TCU *****
2 (63) Pat Angerer, LB, Iowa ****
3 (94) Kevin Thomas, CB, USC ****
4 (129) Jacques McClendon, OG, Tennessee ***
5 (163) Brody Eldridge, TE, Oklahoma **
7 (238) Ricardo Mathews, DL, Cincinnati **
7 (240) Kavell Conner, LB, Clemson **
7 (246) Ray Fisher, CB, Indiana **