- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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Vontae Davis isn’t the superstar Jim Irsay made people think of with his tweets about a blockbuster acquisition over the past few days.
Davis should provide a major upgrade at the team’s biggest defensive position of need. They are playing more man-to-man under Chuck Pagano, and Davis is equipped to play opposite Jerraud Powers in the starting lineup.
General manager Ryan Grigson had been collecting corners through trades, free agency and via waiver claim. But of Justin King, Korey Lindsey, D.J. Johnson and Cassius Vaughn, no one had emerged as a guy who wouldn’t be the primary target of a pass offense. Josh Gordy was also recently added.
I asked Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc.’s how he thinks Davis, a first-round pick out of Illinois in 2009, will fit in Indianapolis:
"He has a ton of ability, but has been very up and down with Miami. At times, he was a shutdown type guy, other times he really looks bad. But the Colts -- now in Ravens fashion -- are going to ask MUCH more from their CB position than in years past in Indy. Seems like a lot to give up, but I bet Indy's staff gets much more out of Davis than Miami did. Pagano knows DBs"
It’s probably about as good as the Colts could have done at this stage. They need Davis to emerge as a consistent player who buys into Pagano’s philosophies, as the second-round pick they gave up could be a top-40 pick next spring.