The 2013 NFL Draft has come and gone, and now it’s time for some reflection. While some teams traded around to get who they want, others stood pat to see who would slide to them — and if there’s one thing to remember about this draft it’s players that slid around the rounds. But now that the draft is behind us, the all important grading phase has begun, so lets take a look at how the Indianapolis Colts did in this year’s NFL Draft.
- Bjoern Werner, defensive end, Florida State — Round 1 (24)
- Hugh Thonrton, guard, Illinois — Round 3 (86)
- Khaled Holmes, center USC — Round 4 (121)
- Montorio Hughes, defensive tackle, Tennessee-Martin — Round 5 (139)
- John Boyett, safety, Oregon — Round 56(192)
- Kerwynn Williams, running back, Utah State — Round 7 (230)
- Justice Cunningham, tight end, South Carolina — Round 7 (254)
Best Pick: Hugh Thornton
The Colts need to do everything they can to protect franchise quarterback Andrew Luck. They took a big step forward during the draft by selecting the very experienced Illinois guard. He may need to improve his footwork, but that will come in time. His best attribute is his strength and nasty streak that allows him to completely eliminate defenders from a play.
Worst Pick: Bjoern Werner
You need to maximize your first-round selection and the Colts failed to do that by selecting a player with limited upside that has never played outside linebacker before.
Analysis: The Colts didn’t do much with their 2013 draft class, but it is hard to completely analyze the class until we see them on the field. On paper, however, the group seems to lack a true difference maker or player who can make an immediate impact.
2013 Draft Grade: C-