Colts draft rated above average

April 28, 2009
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ColtsSince the Indianapolis Star this morning provided a rather incomplete picture of the Indianapolis Colts’ draft grade, I thought I’d complete the picture.

It’s true that USA Today’s Larry Weisman gave the Colts a C-. But a panel of nine draft experts gave the Colts' draft selections a 2.67 grade point average. That’s near a B-. NBC Sports' Gregg Rosenthal and Evan Silva gave the Colts an A-. Of the panelists, Sporting News’ Clifton Brown gave the Colts the lowest grade, a D.

The Panelists also gave the AFC South rival Tennessee Titans a 2.67, while the two other AFC South teams, Houston and Jacksonville were given 3.11 and 3.04 respectively.

The Colts average score was ahead of every team in the AFC West, and far ahead of the Oakland Raiders, who the panel gave a league worst 0.59 grade point average.

To see the breakdown of the entire list and comments from NFL draft analysts on each team, click here.
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  • We will be able to accurately grade this draft in about three years.
  • Amen, Joe, but it sure is entertaining to do it now.
  • I frequent Sporting News and for the record, Clifton Brown is about as credible a critic as an actual Football. Don't listen to a word that man says, let alone re-report it.
  • Clifton Brown is about as credible a critic as an actual Football.
    That's a good one. I don't know if I agree 100 percent, but the actual football line is pretty funny. Seriously, though, some of these guys on this panel do know their stuff. I'm not saying they know it as well as Bill Polian, or have the proven track record he does, but still some of them know their stuff.
  • I would ignore the critics and give Polian benefit of the doubt after the miracles he has pulled out over the years. Remember, it was Mel Kiper, a supposed expert, who blasted the Colts for picking Peyton Manning over Ryan Leaf. If I remember, Kiper said the Colts picked the wrong quarterback and would continue to wallow at the bottom of the NFL. I guess we know about that opinion.
  • Kiper panned the selection of Marshall Faulk and Trev Alberts, but I don't remember him recommending Leaf over Manning. But, remember, that's why it's fun to grade the drafts now, so you can go back and score the early scores later.
  • Colts have a way better track record than most when it comes to drafting good players in the last ten years. It starts at the top. Look at the Raiders if you want to laugh at recent draft picks. They are such a joke. Thank goodness we're not them.

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