Colts make a splash at the deadline

The Indianapolis Colts who have under achieved so far this year have gone out and added some pieces at the deadline. The moves didn’t come cheap, but the front office feels these moves will help them in a playoff push this year and beyond. We will start with the first of two trades that were made today before the deadline. They moved their first round pick, third round pick, Michael Pittman jr and Julian Blackmon to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for defensive end Takkarist McKinley and corner back Kendall Sheffield. The colts added to an already loaded front seven in a move that some were questioning. When asked about moving their first round pick which potentially could be a top 12 pick GM Rob Green stated – We are betting on our team and coaching staff and the players being brought in to make a run. Both players are still young and will contribute for years.- There didn’t seem to be a need at defensive end but with Justin Houston getting older by the day, it makes sense to plan for his departure. We’ve been told that Takk will slide in at right defensive end and in big package downs Justin Houston will see some time at defensive tackle. As for Sheffield he adds something this secondary sorely needed, speed and he has lots of it. He ran an unofficial 4.26 40 time leading up to the draft. We’ve been told he will slide on the outside as Kenny Moore will man the nickel duties moving forward. The second trade saw last years starter turned backup Jacob Eason and a 4th round pick be moved to Detroit for Veteran corner Desmond Trufant. Trufant who is on the back end of his career was brought it to help mentor the younger secondary pieces around his as well as play on the opposite side of Sheffield. The Colts suddenly have plenty of depth at what was once considered the weak part of their team. When asked about fit in the Colts front seven, Takk said – I appreciate the fans and my former teammates in Atlanta but I am happy to be a Colt. This has happened quickly and I haven’t had much time to talk to (Defensive Coordinator) Jay but anyway I can help the team I will. I can lineup in a 3 or 4 point stance so I hope they take advantage of my skill set. Sheff and I were good friends in Atlanta and I am happy to see him come here with me and see what he can do.- He enjoyed a breakout year with 10 sacks last year and currently has 3 on the year. He will need to help provide pass rush as well as help a run defense that has been gouged so far this year. Trading away 3 picks in one day seems like mortgaging the future, but the Colts had made some moves last year to protect themselves. They currently hold the Rams second and forth round draft picks. Add that with their own 2,3,5, and 7th round choices and the team still has 6 draft picks. With the Rans currently 0-8 their second round pick looks to be a very high pick for them to add young talent. The General manager feels like he has added talent, young talent and still has picks to play with in the draft. The real winner of this draft will be determined solely by where that first round pick falls. It is currently projected to be pick 11, if that becomes a top 8 pick and the Colts miss on a top player some fans may be calling for Rob Greens head. On the other hand if these moves help push them into the playoffs and the pick becomes a high teen- low 20s pick, this will look like a no brainer for the Colts. Only time will tell.

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