• I’m sure it raised more than a few eyebrows when the Colts took long looks at quarterbacks Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick. While I like them both – and strongly recommend the Colts draft a backup-for-now-starter-for-later quarterback – I don’t see it happening. Both of those guys are crawling up draft boards and there’s even talk of Dalton squeezing into the bottom of the first round. I just don’t see Polian breaking his philosophy on this one, especially when the Colts have so many other needs.
In his stint as a GM, Polian had future Hall of Famer Jim Kelly fall into his lap. The Bills had drafted him in 1983 with the 14th pick in the draft. He lasted so long because of the threat of him bolting to the USFL. Actually, he did. And when that league folded, he was a gift for the Bills. Then he moved to expansion Carolina, and chose Kerry Collins with his first pick, the 5th in the draft. Of course, Collins is far from a Hall of Fame candidate, but he has had a respectable career and could have been far, far better if he had gotten his drinking and other habits under control earlier. So then Polian shows up in Indy and his first pick is Peyton Manning. See a pattern?
Still, Curtis Painter needs to start selling insurance soon.
• Linebackers? Who needs linebackers? If Gary Brackett comes back at full strength, the Colts have three starting-quality players on the outside in Clint Session, Kavell Conner and Pat Angerer. And, it looks like they’ll probably give Philip Wheeler another chance to stick. They also have special-teamer Cody Glenn and prospect Nate Triplett. I know Angerer is expected to replace Brackett eventually, but he’s pretty good player outside now.
• It’s Derek Sherrod or Tyron Smith in the first, I’m sure of it.