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2010 NFL Draft - Indianapolis Colts
TCU DE/LB Jerry Hughes
TCU DE/LB Jerry Hughes
Posted Apr 24, 2010

Indianapolis Colts - AFC South, 2010 Draft Selections & Prospects

Indianapolis Colts

2010 NFL Draft Analysis
1st Round (1-16) | 31st Round (17-32) | 2nd Round | 3rd Round
4th Round | 5th Round | 6th Round | 7th Round | Top Free Agents

- CFN 2010 Draft Central
- 10 Biggest Reaches

2010 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami
New England | NY Jets

WEST Denver | Kansas City
 Oakland | San Diego

NORTH Balt. | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh

SOUTH Houston | Indy
Jacksonville | Tenn.

2010 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants
Philadelphia | Wash.

WEST Arizona | San Fran.
Seattle | St. Louis

NORTH Chicago | Detroit
Green Bay | Minnesota

SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina
New Orleans | Tampa Bay

First Round 
Jerry Hughes, OLB TCU 6-2, 255 (DE)
Overall Pick No. 31 CFN Overall Ranking: 22

The rich get richer. The Colts like high character guys who fit a mold, and Hughes is the next wave of hybrid pass rusher who can provide more help for Dwight Freeney and can make up for the loss of Raheem Brock. He’ll be used in a variety of ways and can be turned loose as a pass rusher from the moment he gets to camp.

A very pure, elite pass rusher who showed at the Combine that he could be a defensive end if he needs to be and could also be quick enough to work as an outside linebacker. The 26 lifts on the bench were fantastic and he flew around the short drills. With great work ethic, a high motor, and the ability to raise his game at the right time, he’s the type of player coaches rave about and love to have around. He’ll need to find the right fit and he can’t be asked to hold up against the run on a regular basis, but he’ll be deadly when turned loose.
CFN Projection: Second Round

Second Round 
Pat Angerer, ILB Iowa 6-0, 235
Overall Pick 63 CFN Overall Ranking: 120

A little bit of a reach at the end of the second round, it’s forgivable for Indianapolis considering the pure athleticism across its defense. After going with a phenomenal numbers guy in Jerry Hughes in the first round, the Colts have a rock of a playmaker who won’t move all over the place but will find a way to be in on every play.

Underappreciated, it could be argued that he was the best linebacker in America in 2009. Short and squatty, he doesn’t look the part, but he ran well, came up with a nice 26 reps on the bench, and was fluid enough to not hurt his stock. With great range, a nose for being disruptive, and a big hitting style, he’s a try-hard type who might have a short shelf life considering he’ll always go all out. While he might be a tough guy, he can be run at and is always better when he gets to go after the ball. He won’t be a star, but he could be a tremendous producer on a defense with a star linebacker or two.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

Third Round 
Kevin Thomas, CB USC 6-0, 192
Overall Pick 94 CFN Overall Ranking: 114

It’s kind of a strange pick for an Indianapolis franchise that almost never goes for a player with so many question marks. Can he stay on the field? Is he good enough to be the future of the secondary? The Colt track record is solid enough not to question, but this is a hit-or-miss pick for a franchise that finds safe, sure things to fit the system.

He’ll be overdrafted after his Combine. Everyone expected him to be a great athlete, but the 4.46 and the speed and fluidity through the short drills made him a standout. All the basic NFL tools are there with good size, great strength, and excellent speed, and there are enough big positives to overcome many of the little things … like his ability to play football. Durability has been a major problem, he’s not a form hitter, and he seems to have little to no football instincts. He was only a starter for one year and he didn’t do enough when given the chance, but he could be a far better pro in the right scheme.
CFN Projection: Third Round

Fourth Round  
Jacques McClendon, G Tennessee 6-3, 324
Overall Pick 129 CFN Overall Ranking: Free Agent

A major reach, McClendon isn’t draftable. Indianapolis has a history of finding diamonds in the rough, and it doesn’t things its own way, but this is a mega-reach for a smart, big body who’ll need time to develop. He has to translate his weight room strength into football strength at an NFL level.

Very big and very strong, he could be a decent player in time if he’s allowed to develop. Very smart, he’s a two-time academic All-SEC performer, and one of the team’s strongest players, but he wasn’t consistent and is only a run blocker. As far as pure bulk, though, he could be worth a free agent flier.
CFN Projection:
Free Agent

Fifth Round 
Brody Eldridge, TE Oklahoma 6-5, 261
Overall Pick 162 CFN Overall Ranking: Free Agent

He’s not going to catch many, if any, of Peyton Manning’s passes, but he’ll be a key blocker in short yardage situations and he’ll be a willing downfield hitter. A pure two-tight end player who’ll need to work on the other side of a receiver, he’ll find a role if he can stay healthy.

Filled in nicely with Jermaine Gresham out. … Very big with surprising speed. Has a nice combination of raw skills. … A strong blocker. He has the bulk to work in a rushing offense and be a three-down tight end. … Great blocker, not an NFL receiver. … Knee concerns. Got banged up late last year. … Health concerns over the course of his career. Broke his ankle in high school.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

Seventh Round 
Ricardo Mathews, DT Cincinnati 6-2, 287
Overall Pick 238 CFN Overall Ranking: Free Agent
A tweener of a tackle who fits what the Colts like to do, he can be move to an end at times and can also see time as an interior pass rusher. He’s not all that big, but he’s quick off the ball and he should be just disruptive enough to get a chance at a backup job.
Overall Pick 238 CFN Overall Ranking: Free Agent

Seventh Round  
Kavell Conner, LB Clemson 6-0, 242
Fast, the former Tiger is active with sideline-to-sideline range. He’s not the best athlete around and he’s not going to be a big playmaker in the backfield, but he’s built to be a top special teams stopper and can bounce around as a jack-of-all-trades backup.
Overall Pick 238 CFN Overall Ranking: Free Agent

Seventh Round  
Ray Fisher, CB Indiana 5-10, 211
Overall Pick 238 CFN Overall Ranking: Free Agent

A returner. Before getting hurt he was one of the nation’s top return men, and the Colts are hoping to get a dangerous kickoff man and a possible backup corner. Anything he’ll contribute on defense would be a bonus; he’s a special teamer.
CFN Projection: Free Agent