The Indianapolis Colts have 9 picks to play with when the 2015 NFL Draft begins on April 30th in Chicago.
Breakdown of Colts’ 2015 selections:
First round: 29th overall selection
Second round: 61st overall selection
Third round: 93rd overall selection
Fourth round: 128th overall selection
Fifth round: 165th overall selection
Sixth round: 204th overall selection
Sixth round: 206th overall selection (from Seattle)
Seventh round: 244th overall selection (from Dallas)
Seventh round: 255th overall selection (compensatory selection)
Round 1, pick 29: Arik Armstead, DL, Oregon
A lot of these picks might be a little hopeful, but nothing is impossible. Armstead seems to be shooting up media boards because of his size and athleticism. He ended his season on a high note as well, and has a high ceiling. The Indianapolis Colts would be lucky if he fell to them at 29.
Alternative: Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
Peters is the best cornerback in the class, and could potentially fall to the Colts because of off the field issues. Greg Toler and Vontae Davis are one of the better duos in the league, but Toler is injury prone and on the last leg of his contract. Also, Peters could be an upgrade over him, combining with Davis to potentially create one of the best defensive backfields in the league.
Round 2, pick 61: Quentin Rollins, CB, Miami (OH)
Rollins is my draft crush for 2015. His ball skills, instincts and limited time as a football player are all appealing to me. It may seem a bit odd that I like his lack of experience, but that makes it h
Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback Andrew Luck was invited to participate in a lecture series at DePaul University.
When asked if he had any advice to give the assembled crowd of students, Luck, with his dry sense of humor, stated this (via the Indy Star).
As far as advice? I’m only 25. I don’t have any advice.
Luck was also asked other questions during his appearance at DePaul.
This is Luck’s take on getting over being nervous when he was a rookie:
Dwight Freeney, the most fearsome pass rusher, came up to me and said ‘Look, we’re all behind you. You do it your way.’ It was awesome to hear on my first day in the locker room. It put all my fears and doubts aside. He squashed all those. That made it a lot easier.
Luck’s opinion of the NFL’s best defensive player?
Not on the Colts, right? J.J. Watt.
We can certainly agree with that one.
Luck’s thoughts on the team not retaining Reggie Wayne?
It’s not fun. There are guys you love. Professional sports is a business and p
As the draft nears, free agency is slowly dwindling down with the Colts ahead of most teams in signings The addition of Trent Cole, Andre Johnson, Duron Carter, and Frank Gore puts Indy a couple steps toward being the elite team that they yearn to be. Here are 5 interesting predictions I have made in confidence that will become reality this upcoming season.
Andre Johnson will have 7+ TD’s
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The former Texans wide receiver has already shown the NFL the he is a force to be reckoned with. Standing 6’3, 230 pounds Andre is the kind of guy you want on your side. In his 11 years Johnson has racked up 13,597 yards and has maintained a 13.4 average ypc. Although last year wasnt an MVP season for him, Andre still squeezed out 936 yards and 3 TD’s with a shaky Quarterback situation. Look to see at least 7 TD’s from Luck to Johnson this year.
Mike Adams returns with his sharpness
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Mike Adams was a silent hero for the Colts last se
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Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts are expected to compete for a Super Bowl this season, and they have quite a bit of talent on their roster to do just that. They went out and spent a lot of money in free agency, and are without question a better team than they were last season.
Indianapolis may have a fairly favorable schedule this season, but there are still a few games that fans can’t afford to miss. They play a few very good teams, and they are all in situations where the Colts will be the main attention of the NFL. Let’s take a look at which three games will be must watch games for the Colts in 2015.
1. Sunday, October 18th, vs. New England Patriots
As usual, the Patriots and Colts will face off on Sunday Night Football this season. It is one of the most bitter rivalries in all of football, and it is also a rematch of last years AFC Championship game. Both teams will bring a little bit more to the table this time around, and the Colts are going to be looking for rev
Former Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian sees Missouri pass rusher Shane Ray in the same mold of the man he drafted back in 2003 – outside linebacker Robert Mathis.
“When I see him I see Robert Mathis,” Polian said, per ESPN, via PFT. “Near a Hall of Fame player. People who don’t like him are going to say he’s narrow of build and therefore can’t stand on the line of scrimmage, and that’s fine. I don’t want him to stand on the line of scrimmage, I want him to go chase the quarterback, and he’s about the best in this draft at doing that.”
Ray has been the subject of concern due to a possible turf toe issue, but Polian doesn’t see anything that would drop Ray’s draft stock.
“There is no long-term lingering issue with turf toe, not like a knee injury. You recover from it, you’re back, and you’re ready to go. I would not move him. I’d be praying that he’d come to me.”
Colts head coach Chuck Pagano is in the final year of his contract with the team but that does not mean he will enter the season as a lame duck.
“I really feel positive about Chuck and what he’s done for us. There’s no question that he’s accomplished a lot since he’s been here,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said while speaking at the Chuckstrong Tailgate Gala, via ESPN. “And, obviously, we’re here for this gala because he had that illness in 2012. Really, it’s only been kind of two years almost that he’s been coaching. He’s done a very good job. Nothing rules out that we couldn’t have an extension done before the season. If not, we can still, I’m sure, probably work things out.”
The Colts offered Pagano a one-year extension earlier this offseason which was rejected. Pagano joined the Colts back in 2012.
“There were some efforts to talk about it and we just didn’t get there,” Irsay said. “Sometimes that happens and people have different opinions these days. If you go back to the o
With the NFL draft taking place next week in Chicago, all 32 NFL teams are finalizing their draft boards. Here is a preview of the Indianapolis Colts plans heading into the draft.
Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson held his Pre-draft conference yesterday, and plenty of topics were discussed. With the off-season signings of Andre Johnson, Frank Gore, Trent Cole, Todd Herremans and Kendall Langford, Gregson put the Indianapolis Colts in a great position to win now.
Last season, Indianapolis Colts star quarterback Andrew Luck led the NFL in TD’s and was able to help generate a career season out of receiver T.Y. Hilton, while getting steady play from Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener, and Donte Moncrief.
The issue was not their passing attack though, it was their running game as Ahmad Bradshaw went down with a season-ending injury as did Vick Ballard during training camp, meanwhile Dan Herron was solid but struggled hanging on to the ball and Trent Richardson never got it going, ultimately get…
After drawing interest from the San Francisco 49ers, among other teams, former New York Giants first-round pick Hakeem Nicks is reportedly signing with the Tennessee Titans.
Nicks, who played last season with the Indianapolis Colts, has seen his career fall off the map after dealing with foot and ankle injuries late in his tenure with the Giants.
Nicks, 27, recorded just 38 receptions for 405 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games (six starts) in Indy last season. He hasn’t been the same receiver since putting up back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons for the Giants in 2010 and 2011.
While terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed, it’s likely that Nicks received a one-year contract with very little guaranteed. If he can return to 2011 form, the Titans would have made a solid signing here.
Hicks joins an under-performing wide receiver group that includes young pass catchers Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter. For all intents and purposes, he will be tasked with replacing Nate Washington as the veteran wide rece
New Indianapolis Colts linebacker Trent Cole’s been in the league a long time.
After playing the first 10 years of his career in Philly, Cole made the move to Indy and the switch to the AFC this offseason.
He’s already fitting right in.
New Colts linebacker Trent Cole is a quick learner. Asked about Patriots, “You don’t say that name around here.” pic.twitter.com/GO8nZVTcn0
— The Blue Mare™ (@TheBlueMare) April 22, 2015
That’s what I like to hear!
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Maybe Cole will be one of the missing pieces for the Colts to finally get past the Patriots.
They’ve certainly added a few of those this offseason.
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Well, after a slow month of April, full of mock drafts, mock draft debates, and mocks of mock drafts, yesterday was finally time for the man pulling the trigger (figuratively) on draft day to chat with the media in Indianapolis. And, digging into his quotes, he had some things to say that could actually shed some light, albeit very nonspecific light, on Indianapolis’s draft strategy.
The Colts are picking 29th next Thursday, and everyone wants to know what positions they have at the top of their draft board. More importantly though, the Colts, as Ryan Grigson said in his opening answer, will be looking for the tried-and-true best available player.
Nevertheless, Indy’s GM was not opposed to talking about specific positions. So, here we go.
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The Indianapolis Colts have maintained all of their third-round draft selections thus far in the Ryan Grigson era. Guys like T.Y Hilton and Dwayne Allen have become key pieces in constructing one of the most dynamic offenses in the NFL. Donte Moncrief and Hugh Thornton are hoping to have breakout seasons themselves in their second, and third years respectively.Typically there is still some great talent on the board at this point in the draft process however, largely the ability to find a true immediate impact player, becomes a “where’s Waldo” search. This years’ draft is no different but the water’s may not get quite as muddy until later in the round and into the fourth. Here are some prospects the Colts will likely be choosing between in the third-round.Offensive Line:This may be the round we start to see the Colts really eyeballing the offensive line depending if they found a certain starter in the first two-rounds. These prospects begin to look like depth additions and there are plenty that will
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano and General Manager Ryan Grigson agree on what players the Colts need to target for the draft next week. Playmakers.
During Grigson’s press conference today he clarified that he and his coach were on the same page headed into next week.
“I want playmakers. Chuck wants playmakers. We need playmakers.” Grigson stated.
But where do the Colts need those playmakers at?
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Since the Colts converted to the 3-4 defense in 2012 they have had a hard time finding that big body in the middle to clog running lanes.
Aubrayo Franklin was statistically the best fit for the Colts. He finished with a -3.2 rush rating according to Pro Football Focus. Putting him 46th out of 69 qualified nose tackles.
Josh Chapman looked average in spots last year, but he is not the every down starter you want anchoring that defensive line. His rush rating last year was an abysmal -
It is almost mind-boggling to think about what Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Andre Johnson could have done during his career had he played with better quarterbacks than what he had in Houston the last dozen years. David Carr’s career never panned out. Matt Schaub had some good years in him, but he was never a superstar. Case Keenum, Sage Rosenfels, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Ryan Mallett–decent at best.So when he says that Andrew Luck is probably the best quarterback that he has played with during his NFL career the only surprising thing is that he said “probably.”via TwitterRead more »