Colts.com, the official website of the Indianapolis Colts, recently caught up with general manager Ryan Grigson to preview the scouting combine.
Grigson had an incredible first draft in 2012, selecting quarterback Andrew Luck, receivers T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill, tight ends Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen, defensive tackle Josh Chapman and running back Vick Ballard.
The 2013 draft class wasn’t as successful.
Now Grigson is in the position of having picks only in the second, third, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds.
“It’s not an exact science but as history shows, there are Pro Bowlers and even future Hall of Famers in every round and even after the draft,” Grigson told Colts.com. “That is a motivation for myself and my staff to identify the best players at each pick and hope they become what we are projecting them to be in our program.”
Grigson noted how he has a picture of Johnny Unitas on his desk in his office because he wanted his “scouts, staff, coaches and everyone to see that picture when they came in my office because it signifies that you can unearth true greatness in the late rounds. He was a ninth-round pick.”