Mocking the Draft wants to introduce you to an new article series taking a closer look at each team's draft workings. The WarRoom articles will give you a glimpse at the recent draft history and the decision-making structure of each NFL team. We will also include our thoughts about the structure and draft history.
Offensive Scheme: With Peyton Manning as de facto offensive coordinator, the Colts are a pass-first team that uses relatively few formations and relies heavily on precision and execution. Over the last few years, the Colts run and play-action game has slowly deteriorated into non-existence. The OL has historically been smaller, athletic and undersized but the front office has stated on numerous occasions a commitment to getting bigger.
Defensive Scheme: Tony Dungy's influence is still felt on the defensive side of the ball and the Colts employ the Tampa-2 system. The general principle is rush four and drop seven, but defensive co-ordinator Larry Coyer is not opposed to blitzing in key situations. Speed is the name of the game in Indy and the undersized unit is built around keeping the play in front of them and flowing to the ball and making tackles. Numerous teams have had success running down the throat of this defence due to its undersized nature.
Thoughts: Bill Polian has done an amazing job building this team through the draft. He is also amongst the best in the business at finding UDFAs. However he has missed on his last few first-round picks (see Brown, Donald and Gonzalez, Anthony) and whilst adding solid starters there have been no superstars. Surrounding Manning with talent has been a main priority but neglecting both lines really started to show last year.
The drafts have always emphasised character, speed and starts as key traits. However this WarRoom is in transition with Chris Polian being promoted to GM recently. In 2011 he emphasised physicality as the buzzword for the draft. Also of note is that both Delone Carter and Chris Rucker had character concerns, which in the past may have meant they were off the Colts' board. It is likely the future of the drafts in Indy will be a team effort between him and Jim Caldwell, both of whom have big shoes to fill.
Five-year record: 61 - 19
Coach: Jim Caldwell
GM: Chris Polian
Draft History: Here
Best Pick: Austin Collie
Worst Pick: Donald Brown