Indy the best Offensive team in the NFL really put the D on notice. By taking all D players in the draft. There can be no more excuses in Indy. Draft Grade well I was the GM so I say A+
at 29 Indy took Anttaj Hawthorne
DT | (6'3", 321, 5.25) | WISCONSIN
Hawthorne took over as a starter late in his true freshman season in 2001 and was a fulltime starter from that point on. As a junior in 2003, he finished with 75 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, four sacks and two forced fumbles. He finished his career at Wisconsin with 41-consecutive starts and had another impressively productive season as a senior in 2004, finishing with 42 total tackles, 11.5 TFL, six sacks and one INT, despite facing nearly constant double-team attention.
with the 54th pick Odell Thurman
ILB | (6'0", 233, 4.69) | GEORGIA
Thurman was a partial qualifier in 2001 and decided to attend Georgia Military Academy in 2002 after Georgia penalized him for violating academic and team rules. Thurman was allowed back at Georgia in 2003 and wound up starting 12-of-13 games that season. He was named first-team All-SEC with 111 total tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions. In just nine games played as a junior in 2004, Thurman finished with 65 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, three sacks, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble. Thurman is still a bit unpolished, needs to become more consistent with his reads, and has just decent COD skills and top-end speed. Thurman does have a lot of upside because of his natural instincts, size, power, toughness and tackling skills. He will need to improve his recognition and become a more disciplined player in order to play an every-down role in the NFL. It shouldn't take long for Thurman to win a starting job as a two-down ILB in the NFL and, in the meantime, he should be a solid contributor on special teams. In our opinion, Thurman is a good value in the second round.
with the 92 pick Dustin Fox
DS | (5'10", 190, 4.5) | OHIO STATE
Is a versatile athlete with experience at DC and DS. Is a very good athlete with above average speed at the safety position. Has good range in coverage and it should only improve with more experience in space. He is an aggressive and tough DB that will fill hard versus the run. Has developed into a very good open-field tackler. Will break down and wrap-up in space. His instincts are very good and he has developed into a playmaker when the ball is in the air. Is aggressive and confident in coverage. Also does a good job of pressing receivers and smothering them at the LOS. Will be very good at the DS position in terms of a guy that can matchup versus slot receivers.