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With Hughes out, '07 draft class not Colts' quality

9/4/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

Cornerback Dante Hughes and offensive lineman Steve Justice are among the first three cuts for the Colts, according to Mike Chappell.

Hughes was a third-rounder in 2007, a class of nine that has not proven to be Bill Poilian’s best.

  • First-rounder Anthony Gonzalez is in line as the second wide receiver and has been very good in his first two years.

  • Second-round left tackle Tony Ugoh has been demoted to backup status though it wouldn’t be a surprise if he gets the starting left tackle job back.

  • Hughes played in 24 games in two seasons.

  • The other third-rounder, defensive tackle Quinn Pitcock, retired before training camp of his second season.

  • Fourth-round defensive Brannon Condren played in eight games as a rookie, was elsewhere in 2008, re-signed in 2009 but was cut in late July.

  • Fourth-round linebacker Clint Session is in line to start and looks like he will be a good player.

  • Fifth-round receiver Roy Hall played in seven games in two seasons and was waived injured on Aug. 13. He is now on IR.

  • Fifth-round defensive back Michael Coe played in six games and was recently cut.

  • Seventh-round defensive end Keyunta Dawson was eventually moved to tackle, where he started 14 games last year. He now ranks as a backup end. I think they like him, but don't know if he's a lock for the final 53.

A draft class of nine players produced a crop that now includes two starters and two backups. Granted, Pitcock was a bad-luck development for the team and a good club isn't necessarily going to have room for late rounders.

Still, the way the Colts operate, I feel as if a group in its third year should be nearing its peak and contributing and producing more than that.

Do you agree?