Indianapolis Colts' Post-Draft Wish List
Every year, players slide out of the draft that analysts and fans didn't expect and is a key free-agent signing somewhere. Every year, some unexpected undrafted free agent is a key contributor to a contender.
No matter how you look at it, undrafted free agents are critical signings that can go a long way toward filling out any team's roster. Colts fans know this as well as anybody, seeing players like Jeff Saturday and Gary Brackett become household names in Indiana.
Now, as the team revamps their roster and looks ahead to a hopeful regime of Super Bowl contention, a gem signing in the moments after the draft can push a roster over the top.
As well as undrafted free agents, there are other FAs out there as well that can still contribute to the team.
The question is, who's still available?
Note: For an updated list of the Colts' actual UDFA signings, check out my UDFA tracker at Colts Authority.
Michael Ford, RB, LSU
The LSU running back is still unclaimed, as far as I can find. Ford is another speedy back, running a 4.42 forty-yard dash. He's well built at 5'10", 210 pounds.
The Colts selected Kerwynn Williams in the seventh, and Ford is a similar type of back. Both backs have great top speed and can help in the return game.
But, unlike Williams, Ford hasn't proven that he can come out of the backfield and be a legitimate weapon. He's got the athletic ability with speed, leaping ability and acceleration. Unfortunately, his hands are suspect and pass-blocking is questionable.
However, the Colts are still looking for returner options. Ford wouldn't hurt the competition.
UPDATE: Ford has reportedly signed with the Bears. (NEPatriotsDraft.com)
Marcus Davis, WR, Virginia Tech
The one thing the Colts didn't get during this draft that I expected was a solid starting wide receiver, which they still are in need of.
Reggie Wayne is aging, and the team will need a no. 1 or at least solid no. 2 to take his place.
One potential player would be Marcus Davis, wide receiver from Virginia Tech. Davis is an ex-quarterback with great potential. He's 6'3", 233 pounds with very good playing speed. His concentration on the ball in the air is impeccable. He can develop into a No. 1 receiver with coaching.
Davis is very raw, and needs training. With that said, he could definitely be a Garcon-type player that develops into a contributor.
Johnny Adams, CB, Michigan State
The Colts need to continue to bring in bodies for their secondary. Vontae Davis, Greg Toler, and Darius Butler are a solid group to lead off, but the position needs depth, as Davis and Toler have injury histories and the position is notoriously unlucky for the Colts.
Thomas is a player that I love, he's very tough and physical, with very good ball skills. He doesn't have the greatest press-man skills, but he can play in off man coverage. Davis has been used in blitzes a lot and would be a great tool for Pagano and Greg Manusky to use in different packages.
UPDATE: Adams has reportedly signed with Houston. (NEPatriotsDraft.com)
Nickell Robey, CB, USC
Robey was a projected fifth or sixth rounder who slipped due to his size. At 5'7", 170 pounds, Robey is significantly smaller than most defensive backs.
Robey has the frame to add a few pounds and athleticism that is unmatched among prospects. He has very good hip and feet movement that allow him to stay right with wide receivers. He's generally a tough defender who tackles very well, despite his size, and has been used effectively in blitzes off the edge.
Sure he's small, but he's got great awareness and athleticism. I'm all for giving him a shot.
UPDATE: Robey has reportedly signed with the Bills. (NEPatriotsDraft.com)
Alvin Bailey, OG, Arkansas
The Colts selected Hugh Thornton and Khaled Holmes in the third and fourth rounds of the draft, but that doesn't mean they couldn't use more bodies on what was an awful offensive line in 2012.
Bailey is quick off the snap (a trait the Colts' brass likes) and is impressive when asked to pull and block at the second level due to above-average athleticism. His technique isn't great as he sometimes relies on his strength to hold blocks, but that could be overcome in the NFL with coaching.
He generally gets low enough to anchor, despite his size (6'3"), and could be a backup guard over some of the current Colts.
Quentin Jammer, CB, Free Agent
Jammer is a durable, tough corner who has been in San Diego for the past 10 years. He has missed just two games due to injury. He's great in press coverage with a big body that he can use to disrupt the timing of wide receivers' routes.
Jammer may ask for more money than the Colts can afford to give him. However, he would definitely solidify the Colts' secondary, including their injury concerns.
He's been in talks with the Redskins, but nothing so far has happened.
Jake Knott, OLB, Iowa State
NFL teams can always take a look at linebackers. Not only does the position (especially in a 3-4) use several in rotation, but they can always be used in special teams roles.
Knott is a player that has good speed to go along with sound fundamentals. He has solid instincts and breaks plays down with his eyes. He doesn't have the elite athleticism to be a starting pass-rusher, but he could be a SOLB who drops into coverage or ILB in rotation as well.
UPDATE: Knott has signed with the Eagles. (NEPatriotsDraft.com)
Cory Grissom, DT, South Florida
Another Grigson type, Grissom plays through the whistle and is reportedly a "tough player to block through four quarters."
The Colts' have a plethora of bodies at defensive line, but nobody who sticks out from a talent point of view. Grissom is durable (hasn't missed a start in three years) and is naturally disruptive.
With the Colts current linemen, there's no harm in bringing in a player like Grissom to push them. Grissom has natural explosion and just needs to become more consistent to be a disruptive tackle at the next level. The Colts lack penetrators on the DL, Grissom could be an asset there.
UPDATE: Grissom has signed with the Patriots. (NEPatriotsDraft.com)