When the Indianapolis Colts found themselves on the clock with the 29th pick in last year’s draft, many had them pegged to go after an offensive line, some defensive back help or a pass rusher.
Instead, the Colts picked a speedster in the form of former Miami (F) wide receiver Phillip Dorsett.
Not only was this seen as a reach, it most definitely didn’t fill a position of need.
After all, the Colts had just signed veteran pass catcher Andre Johnson to team up with T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief at wide receiver.
Dorsett went on to catch just 18 passes in limited playing time as a rookie.
While the pick made absolutely no sense to outside observers, recent comments from general manager Ryan Grigson gives us some insight regarding his draft-day thought process:
“I think it’s weak, no matter what your needs are, to look at your board and see Player A here and then you have Player B, C and D down here, and you (say), ‘Well, we have to get a need,’” Grigson said, via the Indy Star. “That defies the whole process.”
After seeing Andrew Luck headline what was an impressive 2012 draft class, Grigson has been under fire for some rather lackluster drafts over the past several years.
Back in 2013, Indianapolis exhausted its first-round pick on defensive end Bjoern Werner. Running a 3-4 scheme, Werner didn’t seem to be a fit as an outside linebacker. After putting up just 6.5 sacks in three seasons, the Florida State product was released back in March.
He’s the most notable in a laundry list of questionable draft-related decisions the Colts have made over the past three years, including the ill-fated trade for Trent Richardson.
Now coming off a disastrous 8-8 season after entering the 2015 campaign with Super Bowl aspirations, the Colts might not be in position to go best player available.
They have big needs on both sides of the ball, so nabbing the best player no matter where he lines up might not be in the cards.
On the other hand, Grigson does have a point. Specifically targeting need positions limits a team’s options heading into the draft. That’s also led to disaster.
For the Colts, it’s going to be all about finding a happy medium with the 18th pick. Let’s just hope this doesn’t include another wide receiver.