Sunday Morning Second-Guessing

Bill Polian (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

The Colts added to their offensive line depth with the selection of Mike Pollak in the second round of the NFL Draft Saturday. But Bill Polian also left some talented players on the board, as well. Find out who they COULD have taken inside.

This is not meant to be an indictment of the Pollak selection, as he appears to be a smart player that fits the mold of what the Colts look for in an offensive lineman.

But the team did have other options that are worth talking about, particularly ...


Penn State LB Dan Connor
AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Dan Connor, OLB, Penn State: It's hard to believe Bill Polian didn't feel this was the best value pick on the board, as Connor slipped far below where most people expected him to go.

Conner was ranked as the No. 1 linebacker by Scout.com, and Tom Marino, a veteran pro scout, called him "the most talented Penn State LB in a quarter century," which is quite a statement, considering the school is nicknamed "Linebacker U" and has produced pros like Shane Conlan, LaVar Arrington and Paul Posluszny in the aforementioned quarter century.

Marino also called the 6 feet, 2 inch, 231-pound Connor "an experienced, aggressive, athlete with outstanding playing instincts."

The Colts are pretty set at linebacker, but if Polian was serious about taking the best player available, he may have missed on Connor. This projected first-rounder remains on the board as Day Two starts.

Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan; Early Doucet, WR, LSU: We've talked about these two receivers in the past, and it was reported that the team met with both these players in the last few days before the Draft.

Those meetings may have been a bit of a smokescreen to encourage the perception that the Colts were in the market for a receiver. There was a run — as expected — on receivers in the second round, so maybe the Colts were interested in receivers, and the one they liked got picked a few places before they had their chance.

Steve Slaton, RB, West Virginia; Jamal Charles, RB, Texas: Many fans were no doubt clamoring for Slaton, in particular, after Chris Johnson and Matt Forte went off the board a bit earlier than expected.

With the offensive line addressed for now, it makes sense that the Colts will look at running backs with their next pick in the third round. It looks like a smart move, because the talent at RB in this draft is significant, even in the third round. Could they trade up — they have four sixth-round picks, after all, and not many holes to fill, so why not? — and grab one of these two college stars?

It should be an interesting Day Two. Stay tuned ...

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