Monday, April 25, 2005


The team achieved its objectives of upgrading the secondary and special teams and adding physical players. CB Marlin Jackson can be expected to start immediately. He brings size, hitting ability and an attitude. He is a sure tackler. CB Kelvin Hayden isn't as polished as Jackson, having switched to corner from wide receiver as a senior in college. But he has good ball skills and, like Jackson, is aggressive and physical. Each should be a major contributor on defense and special teams as rookies. DL Vincent Burns is a prototypical player for coach Tony Dungy's one-gap defense. Burns, who was an end in college, is undersized to play inside, but Dungy compares him to former Vikings star John Randle for his explosiveness and high motor. Burns should work well in a tackle rotation with veterans Montae Reagor, Josh Williams and Larry Tripplett.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Drafting Needs

The biggest need that the Colts have to fill is the middle linebacker position. Rob Morris has been the recent starter but remains unsigned; while Gary Brackett is sitting at back up he still is not a 16 regular NFL starter.

Expect the draft to bring the Colts several defensive players to make an impact right away; a line backer or two with a pair of corners, as well, and probably a running back in there some where. But look for the Colts to draft or at least concentrate on the defensive side of the ball when picking new talent on April 23.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Scouting Report

High expectations will follow S Bob Sanders into his second year with the team. His rookie development was slowed as he recovered from a foot injury sustained during his senior season at Iowa and a knee injury suffered against the Chicago Bears. Despite playing in only six games, Sanders' impact was immense.

He finished with 39 tackles and two fumble recoveries, returning one 37 yards for a touchdown. Sanders' value, though, transcends the raw numbers. He's aggressive and a big hitter, and has a nose for the ball. His play is contagious. It remains to be seen if Sanders will hold his own in coverage, but there's no doubt his presence will be felt in run support.