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5) DE, Bjoern Werner: B+
An optimistic linebackers coach, Jeff Fitzgerald, described his four-man group as “flexible” and “versatile.”
He sees veteran linebackers Robert Mathis and former Green Bay Packer Eric Walden as positive influences on Werner in his first summer as a pro.
Fitzgerald was seen all offseason moving his chess pieces around and loves his corps' limitless potential thus far.
Versatility knows no boundaries in the AFC South—and the Colts star-studded middle seems like they’re generating the perfect amount of creative power—to outdefend their divisional rivals’ backs (Arian Foster, Maurice Jones-Drew and Chris Johnson), in 2014.
4) OG, Hugh Thornton: A
Offensive guard Thornton provides solid depth to the Colts offensive line.
Blocking alongside two veteran free agents acquisitions, heavyweights Donald Thomas and Gosder Cherilus, Thornton and his rookie buddy Khaled Holmes will protect their treasured quarterback and future-NFL MVP Andrew Luck (yes I said it) for a long time.
Thornton will benefit much from his past experience, as he worked under new Colts offensive line coach Joe Gilbert at Illinois.
3) C, Khaled Holmes: A+
Khaled Holmes’ timing in joining the Colts' offensive line can’t get any better. After the Colts traded away A.Q. Shipley in early May, the fourth-round draft pick has head coach Chuck Pagano generously handing out his enthusiastic appraisal. He’s impressed by the freshman’s “very, very” confidence, and his aptitude to learn (and apply).
More praise for the USC center from Pagano: “The guy is brilliant, very sharp, very bright, makes all the calls.”
2) DT, Montori Hughes: C+
“Insider” is a misnomer for 6-foot-4, 335-pound Montori Hughes, drafted out of Tennessee-Martin College. Our plus-size defensive tackle will vie for the starting nose tackle position, but before he wins the job, Hughes must prove that he’s no longer the problem-child he used to be at the University of Tennessee.
While Hughes builds trust with the coaches in the next month and studies his playbook, the future nose tackle’s insurmountable upside coupled with his epic contributions will gladly be deployed in the Colts 4-3 base scheme.
1) SS, John Boyett: B
CBSSports.com writer John Rang wrote it best.
“Sixth-round pick, Boyett isn’t likely to overtake Antoine Bethea or Landry as a starting safety for the Colts…his reliable open-field tackling and passion, however, could make him a special-teams demon and valuable backup as a rookie.
Former Redskins and Jets safety Laron Landry isn’t hailed as being the healthiest player of all-time – meaning any action and offseason experience that Boyett gains will only prepare the first-year to excel in 2014 if (or when) his number is called.