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The Indianapolis Colts just completed a huge fourth quarter comeback to beat the Miami Dolphins 27-24 for the teams fifth straight victory. Although it wasnt pretty Ryan Grant Color Rush Jersey , they were able to go out and get the job done on Sunday. With that win, the Colts are now in 6th place in the AFC Playoff race. That is amazing and all but we have some draft stuff to discuss in this piece.The Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama is one of the biggest events of the draft season. The Nations best Seniors battle it out all week in front of hundreds of evaluators. The first round of invites has been sent out and the following players have either accepted their invite or have been confirmed as invited. To help me break down these players I enlisted a little bit of help from a few experts who know way more draft eligible guys than me year round. Carter Donnick (Devy Football Factory), A.J Schulte (Dynasty Football Factory), Mark Jarvis (WhatsOnDraftNFL.com), and Gavino Borquez (The Draft Wire) join me as we provide quick notes on all 25 Senior Bowl invitees. Today we will be looking at the offensive players who were invited while tomorrow we will look at defensive invitees.1.) Foster Moreau, TE, LSUPhoto by Sam Greenwood/Getty ImagesGavino Borquezs AnalysisPossesses the ideal frame and catch radius for a tight end. A dominating blocker with natural receiving skills that werent utilized in college. Used mostly on shorter routes, exhibiting fluid transitions and ability to separate out of his breaks against linebackers. His huge catch radius makes him tough to cover. Fires out aggressively and delivers a strong punch at the point of attack. Displays great footwork to sustain blocks. Top Highlight2.) Nate Davis, OL, CharlottePhoto by Donald Page/Getty ImagesZach Hicks AnalysisDavis is another small school guy who needs to show out in the Senior Bowl. With decent size (62 311) and athleticism, Davis has all the makeup to be a good developmental guard or tackle in the NFL. After leading the way for a vaunted rushing attack in Charlotte, Davis needs to play well against top competition in Mobile.Top Highlight3.) Trace McSorely, QB, Penn StatePhoto by Scott Taetsch/Getty ImagesCarter Donnicks AnalysisAn exciting, enigmatic passer, Trace has terrific athleticism, and uses it on a consistent basis given his scrappy type of play style. With a nice lower base, McSorleys mechanics are also surprisingly sound for a signal-caller with his type of chuck and pray philosophy. Despite these positives, however, McSorley just doesnt look or play like an NFL QB. His accuracy is extremely shotty, he possesses very weak velocity especially on deep throws and has a bad tendency to airmail balls which leads to unnecessary interceptions. It also certainly doesnt help that hes undersized at 60, 201 pounds, and a pretty terrible decision maker. Long story short...McSorley aint it.Top Highlight4.) Clayton Thorson, QB, NorthwesternPhoto by Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesMark Jarvis AnalysisOne week hell look like a first round talent and then the next week hell be a practice squad hopper. He has proven capable of working through his progressions, but all of that goes out the window when pressure breaks through. Hes probably going to wow coaches on the board, but this could be Luke Falk all over again.Top Highlight5.) Jalin Moore, RB, Appalachian StatePhoto by Justin K. Aller/Getty ImagesMark Jarvis AnlaysisA fiery runner who wants to slam through anything in his path, Moore is going to wear his body down quick as a pro. The vision and lateral agility are both lacking https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Marshall-Faulk-Jersey , but hell give everything he has to earn yardage in between tackles. He may not be able to perform in the practices or game in Mobile due to a late season injury, but his weigh-in will still be useful. Hes listed at 190 on the team roster but looks more like 205 pounds on the field.Top Highlight6.) Max Scharping, OT, Northern IllinoisPhoto by Joe Scarnici/Getty ImagesCarter Donnicks AnalysisHes got great size, is a real good athlete, and possesses some pretty high potential. But to sum him up, hes simply a mess as of right now. Lumbering and not in a good way, Scharping is very uncoordinated, specifically with his back pedal during pass sets, and tends to struggle with speed rushers as a whole. He particularly has a bad habit of getting over aggressive in his punches, which leads to being beat badly. Ultimately Scharpings a raw project who needs a lot of work. The Senior Bowl will be big for him.Top Highlight7.) Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama StateAJ Schultes AnalysisStrengths: Incredible length. Very good AA being a former TE. Light on his feet. Sturdy and strong anchor. Very physical blocker.Weaknesses: Technique is all over the place. Use of Hands is spotty. Will need to be coached well. High upside, but rather low floorTop Highlight8.) Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas StateMichael C. Johnson-USA TODAY SportsAJ Schultes AnalysisStrengths: Great technician, footwork and Use of Hands is very good. Quick mental processing, quickly IDing stunts and blitzes. Functional strength in punches is above-average, with plenty of pop to knock rushers back. Very physical player, finishes well.Weaknesses: Isnt an elite athlete. Will be 23 by draft day. Length gives him issues, likely leads to a move inside at the next levelTop Highlight9.) Andy Isabella, WR, UMASSDale Zanine-USA TODAY SportsAJ Schultes AnalysisStrengths: Route-running master. Very soft hands, catches easy. Demonstrated great YAC ability in the open-field. Accelerates in and out of breaks smoothly.Weaknesses: Lack of size at 510 190 is a major concern, likely leads to him forced to play in the slot. Isnt physical outside as a blocker, limits his valueTop HighlightFinal ThoughtsChris Ballard had ten draft picks in the 2018 NFL Draft and used three of them on Senior Bowl players (Darius Leonard, Kemoko Turay, and Tyquan Lewis). Obviously, Ballard will be keeping a close eye on the talented players down there this year as he hopes to shape this team into a Super Bowl contender. I know the evaluations of each player were a bit brief in this piece but I wanted to get a base description of each guy to you all before the next round of invites are sent out. Maybe in the future some of these guys will be featured more in-depth in Scouting Notebooks. The Senior Bowl is a huge event that Ballard will have his eyes on so I will do my best to continually update you all on all the players heading down there. Which one of these nine offensive players above caught your eye the most? Comment down below which player you want to see more of based off of this quick analysis. After a surprising 2018/19 season, how did the Colts do in the off-season?" />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteStampede Bluean Indianapolis Colts communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsColtsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Colts StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Colts NewsYahoo Colts Team PageYahoo Colts ReportYahoo Colts Depth ChartYahoo Colts TransactionsYahoo Colts PhotosShop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Grading the Colts off-season in 5 major aspectsNew,24commentsAfter a surprising 2018/19 season Eric Ebron Jersey , how did the Colts do in the off-season? EDTShareTweetShareShareGrading the Colts off-season in 5 major aspectsBrian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsMy grading scheme is based on 5 components that either make or break an off-season, which are:Covering holesRetaining playersAvoiding scandalsSalary cap managementCoaching/Management changesCovering Holes: B+Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsDespite finishing the season on a 9-1 run, and defeating the Texans in the Wild Card game, the Colts roster still had its fair share of holes. The primary need for the Colts entering the off-season was pass-rush, followed byadding receiving depth and some help in the secondary.Indy added Justin Houston to help solve the lack of pressure from the defensive line. Houston played OLB in a 3-4 scheme in Kansas City, but will play as a 4-3 defensive end with the Colts, a position he said feels much more comfortable playing. Houston is the first premier pass-rusher the Colts have since Robert Mathis retired. He has 9 or more sacks in each of his last two seasons, and was a force to be reckoned with against the Colts at Arrowhead Stadium last season, where he racked up 2 sacks, 2 quarterback hits and a fumble recovery.As for the receiving depth, the Colts did a fine job signing Devin Funchess to a one-year deal and drafting Parris Campbell in the second round of the Draft. Funchess is the big-bodied (64, 225 lb.)receiver the Colts desperately needed last season to complement T.Y Hilton. He could improve his numbers drastically with an elite quarterback throwing the ball to him, and might be the bargain of the off-season. Parris Campbell is a blazing fast receiver, with good size and proper hands (unlike Dorsett). Campbell was one of the most productive receivers in college at Ohio State last season, and he is one of the players I'm most excited for in the upcoming season. If he can take the slot receiver position away from Chester Rogers, then he has the chance of putting up Pro-Bowl caliber numbers as a rookie.Where the Colts used most of their assets this off-season was in helping the secondary. The Colts drafted cornerback Rock Ya-Sin,safety Khari Willis, and Marvell Tell. Rock Ya-Sin, besides having the coolest name Ive ever written about, is an incredibly tough player (Was given a single digit number at Temple in his only season) and performed very well at the Senior Bowl. Khari Willis will most likely backup Clayton Geathers, as he excelled as a box safety in college. Marvell Tell is a former safety, but the Colts will use him at cornerback, where he can use his long, rangy frame to his advantage. Overall, the Colts added talent and depth at all the clear positions of need. They dont get an A because, in my opinion, more pass-rushing help was needed, and Houston cannot be relied to turn the pass-rush around at this stage of his career. If young players like Turay or Lewis can step up, then the issue is solved, but the Colts could have added a player like Gerald McCoy or ZaDarius Smith.Retaining players: AMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsThe Colts did an outstanding job of re-signing their own free-agents. Right guard Mark Glowinski was re-signed on a 3 year, $18 million deal after stepping up following Matt Slausons season ending injury. Pierre Desir Matt Slauson Color Rush Jersey , perhaps the only cornerback in the NFL that covered DeAndre Hopkins last season was re-signed on a 3 year, $22.5 million deal. Safety Clayton Geathers was also re-signed on a one-year deal. The players the Colts did let walk were not very relevant to the teams plans for the future. They were either too old (like Al Woods), or not productive (like Erik Swoope or Ryan Grant). The only reason the Colts do not get an A+ here is because they did not re-sign Dontrelle Inman, who became a key part of the offense down the stretch and seemed to develop a nice connection with Andrew Luck.Avoiding scandals: A+Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsLong gone are the days where the Colts were on the news for all the wrong reasons. The Colts have enjoyed a quiet off-season, without any issues off the field. This is all because of Ballards way of building a team. He made an emphasis on drafting/signing high-character guys that can lead both on and off the field. Just look at Quenton Nelson sending all the new rookies a text message telling them what it means to wear the Horseshoe, or the selection of guys like Ya-Sin or Khari Willis, who were praised because of their outstanding work ethic. The only negative story I heard about the Colts was that Jacoby Brissett and Devin Funchess had a strong argument on OTAs and had to be separated, but honestly, I love that fire on the team.Salary cap management: A-The Colts had the most cap space in the NFL entering the off-season, but that did not move Ballard away from his method of team building. The Colts stayed away from expensive free-agents like Trey Flowers or LeVeon Bell and instead made smart, cheap signings, without much long-term commitment. Funchess was signed on a one year deal and Justin Houstons contract is only for two years. Ballard probably had in mind that some key players will need to be extended in the next off-season, so he cannot jeopardize the teams cap situation and lose guys like Ryan Kelly or Anthony Castonzo. However, the Colts still have more than enough money to re-sign their free-agents in the future, so perhaps Ballard could have spent a little bit more. Coaching/Management changes: A+Continuity is key in the NFL. Not only do the Colts have Frank Reich and his assistants Nick Sirianni and Matt Eberflus back, but the teams management did not suffer any losses. Assistant general manager Ed Dodds was a top GM candidate, but he will remain with the Colts. The other coaching change the Colts made was well documented, letting former offensive line coordinator Dave DeGuglielmo go and hiring Chris Strausser, along with the legendary Howard Mudd as his assistant. At the beginning, many Colts fans were wondering why DeGuglielmo was let go, specially after helping turn the offensive line around, but the answer is that the Colts want a coach that can take the offensive line to the next level, and DeGuglielmo was also McDaniels guy. It also does not help Daves case that he reportedly did not handle Denzelle Goods situation well.Overall grade: A-The Colts did an outstanding job in this off-season, covering plenty of holes on the team with talented new players, while retaining their own key free-agents without spending big money and handcuffing the teams future. Ballard deserves plenty of credit for the changes in the Colts, and for finally building a decent team around #12. For the first time in what seems like forever, the Colts only off-season chatter is about football, and how far can this team go.
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