Pollak's the Pick

Mike Pollak

After waiting for nearly seven hours to make their first selection in the 2008 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts selected center Mike Pollak from Arizona State with the draft's 59th pick. Find out more about the newest Colt, and what this means for the rest of the team, inside!

With no pressing needs, the Colts had a lot of options with their first pick and could have gone in a number of directions, but chose to go with an offensive lineman to help protect Peyton Manning.

The keywords with this pick are depth and flexibility. The Colts like to have linemen that can play more than one position, and Pollak seems to fit that bill.

He'll be able to play guard in a backup role — or even compete for the starting right guard job with Dylan Gandy and Charlie Johnson in training camp — and should be the heir apparent to Jeff Saturday at center.

At 6 feet, 3 inches and 301 pounds, Pollak isn't terribly large, but he seems to be intelligent and coachable and should bloom under Howard Mudd's tutelage.


Mike Pollak at Arizona State
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Scout.com's Tom Marino, a 35-year veteran scout in the NFL, called Pollak a "a good, serviceable football player, but I didn't think he was particularly strong or effective at the point of attack. He's going to have some real problems with big people inside.

"[Pollak] is smart, experienced, took good angles and plays on his feet. On pass protection, [he] looked around well, was a good knee bender and overall athletic skills. Not a nasty individual and is never going to be a big finisher, but has solid play skills and should become a steady swingman inside."

Marino predicted that Pollak would last until the fourth round, but the Colts obviously liked what they saw in the center, who should be a bridge to the future, as well.

That future could be arriving sooner than Colts fans may think. Saturday, an All-Pro the last three seasons, turns 33 in June and is entering the final season of his contract.

This pick raises questions about the Saturday's future. Will the fan favorite and team leader be playing his final season in Indianapolis in 2008?

That's something most fans don't want to think about, as most informed fans know that Saturday has a lot to do with the success of the high-powered Colts offense and communicates well with Peyton Manning. But it is an interesting subplot to consider as the team plays the 2008 season.

In the meantime, Pollak looks to be a solid investment to ensure the continued success of the offense. There are still plenty of playmakers the team can pursue with its eight picks on Day Two of the draft. You can view some of ColtPower's suggestions in our series of Inside the ColtPower War Room stories. Click here for Round Three and here for Round Four.

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