In fact, so much change has taken place in Circle City this winter that, at this point, it’s easy to forget just how important the upcoming draft really is.
The Colts have already named a new general manager and head coach this offseason, after all, and with huge decisions still looming about the team’s current roster, particularly the drama surrounding quarterback Peyton Manning, it’s starting to feel like the draft itself is actually just a minor detail in this top-down rebuilding process.
All great teams were built through the draft, including the one Indianapolis had been fielding for a decade straight before last season. And with both high-profile hires the team made this offseason appearing in their respective roles for the first time ever (Ryan Grigson as general manager and Chuck Pagano as head coach), a lot is clearly riding on those seven crucial picks this April.
What will the new management group do with this tremendous opportunity they’ve been given?
Have they bought into the Andrew Luck hype like everyone else?
And where do they begin to address all the other issues Indianapolis experienced last season when, on several occasions, they looked like one of the worst teams in the history of the game?
We probably won’t have those answers anytime soon, but there are definitely clues available to help us predict just how it’s all going to play out this spring, for better or for worse.
Here’s a look at what we think we know so far about Indy’s fresh new faces and, more importantly, the tough decisions they’ll likely be faced with when this year’s draft commences.