Saturday, February 22, 2014
High picks of Texans, Jags intrigue Grigson
By Mike Wells
INDIANAPOLIS -- With no first-round pick in May’s draft, the Indianapolis Colts are focusing on their first pick -- No. 59 overall -- in the second round while also keeping tabs on what the other teams in the AFC South are going to do in the first round.
The goal for those teams? To draft a player who can help close the gap between them and the Colts, who won the division last season with an 11-5 record.
“I’d be lying to say I’m not intrigued,” Colts GM Ryan Grigson said. “They’re in my division and I want to know who’s getting who so we can figure out how to approach those games and game plan for those opponents, because they’re going to get stellar players at one and three. It’ll be interesting, because in that top tier of this draft, there are some seriously talented players.”
The Texans, 2-14 last season, have the option to take a quarterback like Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel or a pass-rusher like South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney. The Jaguars, like the Texans, could go with a quarterback or a pass-rusher.
Grigson didn’t sound too concerned about not having a first-round pick. He said they got their first-round pick when they acquired running back Trent Richardson, the No. 3 pick in the 2012 draft, last September, and that this year’s draft is deep enough that there will be quality players available when they select.
“We’re happy with the amount of depth,” Grigson said. “Our draft meetings concluded last week, and our board is pretty heavy with talent. We feel like with all the quality juniors that came out, that if there’s a year not to have a [first-round pick], we’re happy that this is the year because there are some quality football players that will be there for us at [Round 2] and the rounds after.”