Kiper's pick: Jared Odrick (DT/DE, Penn State University)
The Colts need to do something to stimulate a better pass rush if they expect to be back in the Super Bowl next year. Odrick is a great pick and will instantly add an attitude and identity to a front four that’s lacking. Otherwise, the Colts need a serious change in philosophy about running the football.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW: I like Odrick quite a bit and if he ends up here to the Colts I wouldn’t be shocked. However, Bill Polian was speaking with a level of frustrated clarity after he expressed disappointment with the performance of the offensive line during the Colts Super Bowl loss.
When you finish the season with 80.9 rushing yards per game and churn out a paltry 3.5 yards per carry (good for worst and second worst in the NFL, respectively) it’s time to reconsider your strategy, even if you have Peyton Manning.
Taking a closer look also reveals why these two league averages should be alarming to Coach Jim Caldwell and his staff. Among all 32 teams, Indianapolis’ time-of-possession average was 27:40 per game. With a talented backfield of Joseph Addai and Donald Brown, Colts fans should hope offseason plans include the implementation of a more balanced attack.
If Iupati or Pouncey were to fall, the Colts would likely consider either player as an upgrade over Kyle DeVan at guard. Kurt Warner may have been toting the Arena league and stocking shelves at a grocery store prior to NFL stardom, but DeVan was enduring squirrely spit-ball shootin’ teenagers as a substitute teacher while living in his parents’ house.
By chance, he was asked to fill in for somebody on the Boise Burn of arena2 minor league football. One year later he’s starting in the Super Bowl. Sorry Warner, this might be the ultimate rags-to-riches story.
Charles Brown, a standout USC offensive lineman was originally a tight end for Pete Carroll, but he proved to be a very quick study and filled out nicely into his 6’5”, 295 pound frame. He could eventually play tackle but some initial time at Guard with DeVan backing him up, or Mike Pollak if he snaps out his funk. Fast-rising Vladimir Ducasse is another option.
My pick: Charles Brown, or Vladimir Ducasse (OL, Massachusetts)