KRAVITZ: Colts' first rounder makes no sense - none

Bob Kravitz
For all we know, he may be Reggie Wayne Redux. Phillip Dorsett may be another spectacular wide receiver who has a wonderful, productive career with the Indianapolis Colts. This may be 2001 all over again, when the Colts left their fans shocked and dismayed when they took Wayne out of Dorsett's school, the University of Miami, when they already had Marvin Harrison on the roster and desperately needed defense.

Maybe. Possibly. But…

I hate it. Hate it with a fiery hot passion. The board spoke to the Colts' brain trust. Well, somebody needs to tell the board to shut the heck up.

For a team that claims to be "all in," for a team that desperately wants to close the gap on the New England Patriots, for a team that has T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson, Donte Moncrief and Duron Carter, well, this is beyond shocking and utterly perplexing. How, exactly, does this make them more competitive with the Patriots? How does this bolster their running game, which did nothing against the Patriots? How does this help stop the run, which was awful in two games against the Patriots? How does this help them slow down elite passing attacks, guys like Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger and others, who had their way with the Colts last year?

"We have eight more picks," general manager Ryan Grigson said.

Seriously, is that a promise or a threat?

All draft long, you saw defensive players falling and falling, falling right into the Colts' hands, guys like Landon Collins and Eddie Goldman and Malcolm Brown and others, right there for the Colts to snare at the No. 29 spot.

And they took a wide receiver, a position they need like I need 10 more pounds around my mid-section.

It is befuddling, dumbfounding.

"This shows that we stick to our guns when it comes to taking the best player on our board," Grigson said, "and it's not just party talk."

There's little doubt – I think – that Grigson will go heavy on the defensive side of the ball Friday and Saturday. If not, Chuck Pagano, a defensive-minded coach, will go on a hunger strike. The Patriots ran for 657 yards in the last three games against the Colts. Six-fifty-seven! Did I mention that Goldman was there? That Brown, who naturally went to the Patriots, was there? How about Collins?

What do they take next? A quarterback? A punter?

Look, I understand the "best player available" mentality. I get it. Really, I do. And if you stuck around long enough and listened to Grigson and Pagano wax rhapsodic about Dorsett and his speed and his character and everything else, you almost came away convinced this made sense on some level.


This is not a rip of Dorsett, not in any way, shape or form. He may end up being a terrific player, somebody who will step in at the slot receiver position and do amazing things. Or he might someday replace Andre Johnson, who, like the rest of us, isn't getting any younger. He might do all of those things. The young man has ridiculous speed, and the Colts love his toughness, his ability to return punts, his high character. The University of Miami has produced its fair share of terrific wide receivers over the years.

But this feels like a duplication of efforts. You know who Dorsett sounds like? He sounds like T.Y. Hilton . THEY ALREADY HAVE T.Y. HILTON! What are the Colts planning to do – beat everybody 48-45?

If I'm in the Patriots "war room" – they forgot to invite me this year – I'm rolling on the ground in hysterics.

Here is Grigson, though. Buy it if you wish. I don't.

"That that type of speed doesn't stay around very long no matter what the prognosticators are saying or the mocks," he said. "When you've got a 4.25 (40 time) on grass and it shows up that fast on film, somebody's going to take a stab at him, especially when he's got natural receiving skills. He can return punts, he's got lateral elusiveness, he can stick his foot in the ground and he runs good routes. It was easy when you looked at the board who to take."

I want to trust Grigson, who, by and large, has done a reasonably good job in his first three drafts. But he's struck out on two of three first-rounders – Bjoern Werner and the trade for Trent Richardson – and so, he doesn't quite get the benefit of the doubt.  This feels like a reach to me. This feels like a "we're smarter than everybody else in the league" kind of pick. Look at the various draft publications – not that they're the gospel or anything, but they offer a glimpse into the general consensus on players. Nobody had Dorsett going this high.

If Grigson turns out to be smarter than everyone else, if Dorsett becomes a playmaker who closes the massive gap between the Colts and the Patriots, I'll happily issue a mea culpa. Won't be the first time or the last. I recall hating the Reggie Wayne pick in 2001, not because of any doubts about Wayne's ability, but because the Colts needed defense so badly. (I can recall that then-coach Jim Mora looked like he wanted to pummel Bill Polian when the pair met the media after that first-round pick).

This is a guy who will help the Colts put up more of those "Star Wars" types of numbers – remember that one from Jim Irsay?– but will only help in the area where the Colts least need help. You're telling me this kid was that much better than Goldman, Brown, Collins and the other defenders on the board?

Now they'll go defense. Right? RIGHT?

"This whole (stopping the) run deal, we're going to get that fixed," Pagano said. "We finished 11th overall in defense. We had some games that were disappointing but there are enough players on that board, there will be people there tomorrow and Saturday and we'll add the right pieces. But we certainly stayed true to the board. When you've got a guy with rare, rare traits, you don't pass on him."

Grigson better be right, or this one will be on his football epitaph.