I present to you . . .
The New Colts Players:
Colts do not have a first-round selection Saturday.
But they do have offensive tackle Tony Ugoh, who they selected last April with a second-round selection exchanged with the San Francisco 49ers for today’s first-round selection.
And to Polian that means today’s draft actually began a year ago.
Colts take Pollak with 1st draft pick In the second round
School: Arizona State.
Height/weight: 6-4, 293.
The Indianapolis Colts chose Arizona State center Mike Pollak with their first choice in today's NFL draft.
Pollak, who is 6-foot-3 and 293 pounds, was taken with the 59th pick overall and was projected by some as the top center in the draft. But the Colts have no glaring need at that position with three-time Pro Bowler Jeff Saturday entrenched as the starter.
Instead, the Colts intend to give Pollak a chance to compete with veterans Charlie Johnson and Dylan Gandy for Jake Scott's old starting job. Scott signed with Tennessee as a free agent during the offseason.
He excelled in the classroom at ASU completing his undergraduate degree BEFORE his final season. In 777 pass plays during his Junior and Senior seasons, he is charged with only allowing his man (opponent) to sack the quarterback seven times. He is a big, strong lineman that should see some playing time early with the way the Colts like to platoon players along the offensive line.
Indy waited more than five and one half hours to make its only pick of the day. It has eight more picks tomorrow.
Colts take LB in 3rd round
The Indianapolis Colts selected linebacker Philip Wheeler in the third round of today's NFL draft.
Round 3, 93rd overall
School: Georgia Tech.
Size: 6-1, 238.
He was the 93rd pick overall and adds depth to the Colts defense. Wheeler had 19 career sacks at Georgia Tech and is considered a strong blitzer.
Considered by some as one of the best blitzing linebackers in the nation, with good speed and balance. He started 39 games in his last three years and recorded 242 tackles (35 for a loss), 19 sacks, 4 interceptions and 14 pass break-ups. Should be a very good addition to a position that is a little lean with the losses of Morris and Boiman.
Indy took center Mike Pollak (PALL-ick) with its only choice yesterday, at number 59. The Colts are expected to make seven more picks before the draft concludes tonight.
Their third selection (fourth round) is a tight end, Jacob Tamme of Kentucky
Round 4, 127th overall
Position: Tight end.
Size: 6-3, 239.
A very intelligent football player - completed his Bachelor's degree with a 3.82 GPA in only three semesters, and then followed that up with a 3.83 GPA in graduate school. He is the all-time leading pass catcher among UK tight ends and second in SEC history - 133 receptions for 1,417 yards (10.7 yds/catch) and 11 touchdowns. He began his career as a Wide Receiver but moved to TE during his junior season. Some question his blocking abilities at the next level, but not his ability to get up field and catch the football.
The fourth selection of the draft (fifth round), Marcus Howard of Georgia
Round 5, 161st overall
Size: 6-1, 237.
Howard is a guy a lot of people expected the Colts to get. As a defensive end, he is undersized. A lot of teams would probably convert him to an outside linebacker and hope he'd become a beast at that position. I bet the Colts see an SEC version of Robert Mathis with this pick. Howard has fantastic speed, but is 6'1?, 237 lbs. He's certainly not an every down guy, but I think he may turn some heads.
During his senior season, he recorded 41 tackles (12 for losses), 10.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and three pass break-ups - all in what most people would agree was the toughest conference in college football last year. Some of the experts questions whether he can stay at DE at the professional level, but all I can say to that is we heard the same EXACT things when the Colts drafted Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis.
The sixth round could prove to be a real bounty for the Colts this year.
Round 6, 196th overall
Position: Tight end.
Size: 6-5, 250.
Their first pick here, tight end Tom Santi of Virginia, provides a more traditional "blocking" tight end. At 6'4?, 248, he's not quite as big as Ben Utecht, but he'll likely fulfill the same role. He should be able to make a big catch here and there, but he won't really outrun anyone.
Santi will be used more as a blocking TE, but does possess decent hands in the receiving game compiling 61 receptions for 766 yards and three touchdowns. He also played a little fullback at Virginia and could see some time there on short yardage situations
The Colts ended up with three compensatory picks in this round.
They used the first one to select center Steven Justice
Round 6, 201st overall
School: Wake Forest.
Size: 6-3, 284.
Again, Indy uses a pick to bolster the offensive line. Like Pollak (their first round selection) I expect Justice to be a bright guy who should learn a lot from playing behind Jeff Saturday. I like everything I've read about the guy so far. Seems tough, dedicated, and hard-working.
During his last two seasons as a Demon Deacon, he registered 121 knockdowns, 21 touchdown resulting blocks and only allowed TWO quarterback sacks in 701 pass plays - very productive numbers for a center.
Round 6, 202nd overall
Position: Running back.
Size: 5-9, 202.
This was a steal in my opinion, to get a guy with Mike Harts production at this point in the draft. Did not run a very good 40yd dash at the combine, and the experts indicate that is what resulted in his sliding down the board. He ended his career at Michigan with 1,015 carries for 5,040 yards and 41 touchdowns. He may be the kind of power running back that the Colts have longed for, for quite some time. He was only the fourth player in Big Ten history to rush for more than 5000 yards, and actually carried the football 1,005 times between fumbles - that is unheard of at ANY level of football.
Round 6, 205th overall
School: Mount Union.
Position: Wide receiver.
Size: 6-0, 210.
Playing for a Division III school does not get you much recognition with most teams, but this is once again where the Colts excel - finding productive football players when others don't. This guy was VERY productive in leading his team two National titles in just three years. He caught 246 passes for 4,380 yards (17.8 yds/catch) and 60 touchdowns - SIXTY!!! He has 4.48 speed and is another weapon that Peyton will have to throw the ball to.
Scouts say he's the best blocker among wide receivers in this year's draft. He's also not afraid to step across the middle to make the tough catch. He performed very well in the combine, putting in outstanding numbers in the 40-yard dash (4.48), vertical leap (36.5), bench press (20), and 20-yard shuttle (4.19). Physically, he can hold up to just about any other receiver in the draft.
Round 7, 236th overall
Size: 6-5, 301.
A third player taken that played center in college
Proving once again how important protecting the franchise is for the Colts, they took another offensive lineman with their final pick. Jamey Richard is a small-school guy from the Buffalo in the MAC. He's also another center! That's right, three offensive linemen, three centers. From what I've read up on Richard, he's very athletic. He's very tall (6'5?), but is more of finesse guy than a power blocker. It also sounds like he's got a bit of a nasty streak in him that causes him to be overaggressive and pick up penalties on occasion.
Samuel Giguère, who ranked second in Canadian college football with 45 receptions for 871 yards in his final season at Sherbrooke, signed a free-agent contract Sunday night with the Indianapolis Colts.
So, there you have it. Three offensive linemen, an inside linebacker, an outside linebacker/defensive end, two tight ends, a running back, and a wide receiver.
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