Indianapolis Colts: What To Expect from their 2011 NFL Draft Picks
The champions of the AFC South only had five picks in the 2011 NFL draft, and they used them wisely.
A team with high expectations could always use some extra help, and that’s what the Indianapolis Colts were trying to accomplish in this draft.
They may not have made the flashiest picks, but flashy doesn't necessarily win championships.
The Colts do things by the book, which isn’t a secret to anyone.
Here is a look at how each of the Colts' picks will impact the team this season.
Anthony Castonzo, OT
Selected: Round 1, Pick No. 22 (22nd Overall)
Offensive tackle was the targeted position for the Colts, and they attacked it right away.
He does an excellent job creating lanes and should fit in well with the Colts zone-blocking scheme.
The former Boston College Eagle can play either tackle position, and will do a solid job protecting No. 18.
Expect to see Castonzo get some playing time this season, especially if Charlie Johnson is not re-signed.
Benjamin Ijalana, OT
Selected: Round 2, Pick No. 17 (49th Overall)
Why settle for one offensive tackle when you can have two?
Ijalana is a little short, but he can play both tackle and guard.
He does a good job covering in the run game, and Peyton Manning should feel very safe behind him.
Ijalana was named to the first-team All-CAA squad three times and was a first-team All-American twice during his time at Villanova.
Offensive guard was not a very stable position for the Colts last year, so look to see Ijalana get some action along with his new teammate Anthony Castonzo this season.
Drake Nevis, DT
Selected: Round 3, Pick No. 23 (87th Overall)
Nevis finally got his chance to start in his final season at LSU, and he made the most of it.
He has very quick feet, but may run into some problems when matched up with bigger linemen due to his lack of size.
He is an excellent pass-rusher but he struggles a bit against the run.
Nevis appears to be a good fit for the Colts and could work well with defensive tackle Fili Moala.
Delone Carter, RB
Selected: Round 4, Pick No. 22 (119th Overall)
Carter is a well-balanced runner who does a good job finding seams and breaking tackles.
Scouts have mentioned that he doesn’t have the best instincts, but that could change as he takes his game to the next level.
He has the size to be an every-down back, but also has the speed to break off a big play.
Expect to see Carter get a few carries this season due to the Colts' weak running game.
Chris Rucker, CB
Selected: Round 6, Pick No. 23 (188th Overall)
The former Michigan State Spartan has some character issues that may have hurt his draft stock a bit.
Aside from his off-the-field problems, Rucker has good size and speed and can be an effective NFL player.
He excels when defending the run and has the capability to make plays in traffic.
Don’t look to see Rucker get much playing time this season, but if he can clean up his act off the field he could get a shot down the road.