Before we dive into grading each pick, I just want to say that grading picks this early on isn’t ideal. It is difficult to say whether or not this was a bad pick or good pick based on what ‘experts’ and others think about the player.
However, this is a necessary evil, and quite an enjoyable one at that, so let’s get it started:
Round 2: Jack Mewhort, OL, Ohio State
This pick was unexpected to many, and at first glance, they weren’t happy with it. However, Mewhort has great versatility, which has been much talked about between head coach Chuck Pagano and GM Ryan Grigson. He played tackle in college, center in high school and was listed as a guard by the Indianapolis Colts. He’s a mauler, and hopefully he can shore up the Indianapolis Colts’ offensive line.
At the same time, the value wasn’t fantastic, and unless they plan to eventually move him to right tackle, to replace Gosder Cherilus, there were possible better options at guard. This is all speculation of course, but the value could’ve been better, even if the player is talented.
Round 3: Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
While Mewhort might’ve been taken a little too early, Moncrief dropped to the Colts and was an absolute steal for them in round 3. He won’t see much playing time this year, barring injury, with Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton and Hakeem Nicks in front of him, but he is a damn good athlete with a lot of upside.
This pick could really pay off big time.
Round 5: John Newsome, DE/OLB, Ball State
This is an interesting pick. Newsome addresses a need, especially with the Robert Mathis suspension, but he’s a small school prospect with a history of off the field issues.
However, his off the field stuff seems to be behind him, and it seems that he has some potential of becoming a solid pass rusher. Under the tutelage of Mathis, Newsome could become a disruptive force in the quarterback hunting department.
Round 6: Andrew Jackson, ILB, Western Kentucky
Another player from a smaller school, who has the potential of becoming a contributor down the road. Jackson is the run stopper the Colts have been looking for. The question is whether or not he can develop into that role.
Maybe not the best value, as I would have liked Michael Sam here, but not terrible either, especially considering it’s a 6th round pick.
Round 7: Ulrick John, OT, Georgia State University
I know it doesn’t make sense to hate a 7th round draft pick, but I am not a fan of this pick.
John is a tackle with an injury history, and he doesn’t really fill a need. Considering the fact guys like Kenny Ladler were out there, who could help shore up the secondary, I just didn’t understand this pick personally. Not a fan at all.
Overall, not a bad haul, though some of the value of the picks are suspect. I would give the entire draft a C+/B-. We’ll just have to wait and see how the picks actually turn out. Go Colts!