With the 2013 season officially completed for the Indianapolis Colts, our focus has completely shifted gears over the past week. While football continues in the conference championship games, we look to the future.
Ryan Grigson and the Colts had a phenomenal 2012 offseason, drafting Andrew Luck, Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, T.Y. Hilton and Vick Ballard, as well as making a few key free-agent signings, such as Cory Redding, Robert Mathis and Reggie Wayne.
However, 2013 went in the opposite direction. The Colts' rookies showed little, flashing potential at times but were disappointing overall. Free agency was an enormous disappointment for Indianapolis, who had near $40 million in cap space but spent it on extravagant contracts for mediocre players.
Cap it all off with the trade for Trent Richardson, which currently looks like one of the worst trades in franchise history and you have a rough building period for Grigson.
This offseason, then, marks one of the most crucial in recent history in order to keep the Colts' long-term projections high. When it comes to the draft, Grigson and the Colts will need to be efficiently successful. With just four picks to use, they don't have a first-round pick and only have two in the first 150 picks, the Colts have the least in the NFL. So, the Colts will need to make the most of the picks they do have.
With a plethora of pre-draft workouts, all-star games and combine events, the first on the list is the annual East-West Shrine game. Who should you be watching on Saturday?