My Colts Dream

For those of you who aren’t frequent readers and don’t know me personally, I’ll start out by saying that football is the only sport that I really follow. If the football and basketball seasons didn’t overlap so much then I would probably follow basketball quite a bit closer but as it stands I don’t truly give much of my attention to basketball until the football season is over, which for me is as soon as the final whistle blows in the Pro Bowl. By this time each year there’s only about two months of college basketball left and still find it difficult to give the majority of my attention to it, not when the NFL Combine is just a couple weeks away and free agency is going to start up, and then of course there’s the NFL Draft itself to look forward to. So even though you might get a half hearted prediction or two from me about college basketball, they’re really just shots in the dark when I feel that something basketball related should be put up on our site.

Now the point of me saying all that was so you know why in the second week of February I’m writing posts about football on back-to-back days, the one yesterday being about my Vols. This post (if you couldn’t guess from the title) is about my Colts. Last year I wrote a post about who I hoped the Colts would draft that year, and then oddly enough, I wrote another one about the very same thing on the very same day. I can’t figure out for the life of me why I would have done such a thing but I did. So now, nearly ten months later I am writing not what I think will happen, but solely what would be the ideal offseason in my eyes for my Colts and with only the slightest existence of any restraint by realistic possibility. So let me reiterate that I don’t think this will happen, it would just be ideal if it did.

First let me say that there are eight positions that I feel would be addressed in my ideal world. They are defensive tackle (x2), running back, wide receiver, outside linebacker, middle linebacker, offensive tackle and kick returner. If we could get somebody to replace Adam Vinatieri, I’d be all for that as well.

Okay, so let’s start by addressing Marvin Harrison. He’s just not the same player he used to be and isn’t worth the money that he’s being paid, so in my ideal world that I am creating with this post he would agree to renegotiate his contract to stay with the Colts for less pay. Now with that issue fixed we will move on to resigning our would be free agents. I would hope that we would retain Jeff Saturday, Tyjuan Hagler and Kelvin Hayden. I suppose Dominic Rhodes would be nice to keep around but I don’t really care if he leaves. Then attacking in free agency we would sign Albert Haynesworth, Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs. Don’t ask how we could sign all of them and stay under the salary cap because I don’t know, maybe they all decide that they want to play for the Colts so badly that they’re willing to take a decreased salary.

This means that through free agency we will have addressed the needs for both middle and outside linebackers and one of our defensive tackles. This leaves us with the remaining defensive tackle need, wide receiver, running back, offensive tackle, and kick returner. I would want d-tackle, receiver and running back addressed in the first three rounds and I see three different situations that I would consider ideal if they played out in the draft. Without the compensatory picks being in place yet it’s hard to say how I would want things to go past that point so for now I’ll just ignore them. Here are the first two situations:

Pick Situation 1 Situation 2
27 Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
61 Ziggy Hood, DT, Missouri Ziggy Hood, DT, Missouri
92 Mohamed Massaquoi, WR, Georgia Rashad Jennings, RB, Liberty
123 Xavier Fulton, OT, Illinois Xavier Fulton, OT, Illinois
157 Joe Burnett, CB, Central Florida Anthony Parker, OG, Tennessee
188 Louis Sakoda, K, Utah Louis Sakoda, K, Utah
219 DeAngelo Willingham, DB, Tennessee DeAngelo Willingham, DB, Tennessee

Situation 3 has a part A and B:

Pick Situation 3a Situation 3b
27 Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi
61 Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut Derrick Williams, WR, Penn St
92 Mohamed Massaquoi, WR, Georgia Rashad Jennings, RB, Liberty
123 Xavier Fulton, OT, Illinois Xavier Fulton, OT, Illinois
157 Joe Burnett, CB, Central Florida Anthony Parker, OG, Tennessee
188 Louis Sakoda, K, Utah Louis Sakoda, K, Utah
219 DeAngelo Willingham, DB, Tennessee DeAngelo Willingham, DB, Tennessee

Just for the record, I would also be perfectly fine with Javon Ringer instead of Donald Brown in Situation 3a.

The final peice to my ideal offseason is that somebody finds a way to prevent Bob Sanders from getting injured while allowing him to play with the same intensity that makes him so good.

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