2013 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Colts
Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner is a 4-3 DE with a frame that could eventually transition to a 3-4 DE with added bulk later in his career. A hard-working prospect, Werner may not be as athletically gifted as some of the defensive line prospects, but he makes up for it in a well-rounded game where he can defend the run and pressure the quarterback.
Werner was born and raised in Germany and played only two years of high school football. He plays with a reliable motor and can play at a high level deep into games. A natural bender who can stay low and move the pile at the point of attack. Lateral quickness is good and he can break down the ball carrier to wrap up the tackle.
Coming off the edge as a pass rusher, Werner uses his hands well in a phone booth. Can extend blockers away from his body and drive them back into the pocket. Not a natural in coverage, but has the length to cover athletic tight ends and adequate speed to cover the flats.
Werner's stock likely did not improve after the combine. He did not look like a natural 3-4 OLB and this may limit his value as a down lineman only. He projects as a mid-first round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
University of Illinois offensive guard Hugh Thornton is a thickly built mauler that also has the footwork and quickness to be a good pulling lineman for years to come.
Thornton plays in a highly aggressive manner. Appears to play to get under his opponents' skin all while keeping his cool. Quick footwork, which allows him to move laterally with ease. Brings a power punch. Feet are active, but will need tweaking. Too often off balance, relies too much on upper body strength. Sometimes lunges after his matchup. Needs to sink his hips, keep his shoulders square and drive through his body. Coaching will be key to his development. Athletic enough to have some intriguing upside.
Hand placement is lacking. Can get swallowed up by bull rushes. Learning how to better properly extend his arms will help him keep guys at bay. When he maintains proper leverage, he has the strength to completely eliminate a defender every play. Loves to go after players away from the ball cleanly. Plays tough at all times all the way to the whistle.... [Read More
Southern Cal center Khaled Holmes is a likely mid-round prospect who has anchored his offensive line in each of the last two seasons. While lacking a ton of raw physical power, Holmes is an intelligent player who can continue to grow as an interior linemen.
Holmes was a team captain in 2012. He fits nicely in a zone-blocking scheme due to his reliable footwork and above-average lateral movements. Must continue to develop as a drive blocker and will struggle anchoring down one-on-one with defenders. Shows the occasional mauler attitude and needs to bring that intensity up in general. Technique as a run blocker will need coaching up. Lacks a strong power base.... [Read More
University of Tennessee at Martin defensive tackle Montori Hughes is a wide space-eater prospect with flashes of above-average agility. Some character red flags will have likely pushed him down in the draft towards the later rounds. Suspended twice, violated team rules and had to transfer out of the University of Tennessee. Needs to be more physical against the run. Can anchor well one-on-one and even against double teams. Has a nice swim move when attacking the A-gap. Needs to improve his ability to disengage and keep his inside shoulder free to occupy his gap.... [Read More
What Oregon free safety John Boyett lacks in athleticism, he makes up with a cerebral, intelligent approach to the game. Elite level diagnosis and read/react to plays. Disciplined and tries to stay one step ahead of offenses. Undersized. Plays faster on tape than his timed speeds. Good playmaking skills and hands. Very aggressive style of play at times. Not explosive. Sometimes sloppy in his coverage techniques. Must continue to overachieve at the next level. Some medical concerns will push him towards the back-end of the draft.... [Read More
Utah State Aggies running back Kerwynn Williams is a short, well-built back with good speed that can still run between the tackles. Shows good hands out of the backfield. Excellent body control on difficult catches. Undersized. A plant and go style runner. Average lateral movement skills. Vision still developing. Very good at staying north and south. Strider acceleration and enough speed to break off big runs. Really shined after playing behind Robert Turbin and Michael Smith last season. Came into his own and may be a diamond in the rough.... [Read More
South Carolina tight end Justice Cunningham is a jack of all trades prospect. He is at his best as an in-line blocker. Very strong lower body allows him to anchor and hold the edge of the line. Works very well in double-teams and can also work upfield for key blocks. Average athleticism. Not enough speed to really challenge downfield. Good, but not great height. Should make for an excellent No. 2 tight end as his career develops. Should be able to contribute on special teams right away given his blocking talents. Will never be a 50-plus receptions type of talent.... [Read More