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Colts' Grigson sounds satisfied with five draft picks

Donte Moncrief catches a pass during the NFL Combine. (Photo by the Associated Press)
Donte Moncrief catches a pass during the NFL Combine. (Photo by the Associated Press)

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Indy tried to make the most of limited opportunity

Sunday, May 11, 2014 12:01 am
The Indianapolis Colts picks were slim this NFL Draft – only five total – but general manager Ryan Grigson sounds like a man who finished the weekend satisfied.Of course, he and coach Chuck Pagano made the picks, so they'd better be happy.

Here's a look at the Colts' five picks and Grigson's take on each:

Jack Mewhort, 6-6, 309, OL, Ohio State

59th pick (second round)

“(Mewhort) had really good film at multiple positions, in both guard spots. Heck, we just watched him play the other day as a sophomore against all those high picks at Florida, really played well at guard. Thought he played well at tackle as well. And at the Senior Bowl was the moment where we thought, 'Wow, this Mewhort guy, he might really rise after this' after that game. So we were really happy. We've really legitimately had him earmarked for a long time and we're really happy we have him. I think he brings versatility, toughness, strength, played at a high level at a high-level program where they're used to winning. So I think he fits our culture very well.”

Donte Moncrief, 6-2, 221, WR, Mississippi

90th pick (third round)

“Well there were other guys we were looking at that were electric that were much smaller, but he was just a guy that we thought fit a lot of the traits we were looking for. He's a very stable young man. He's from Raleigh, a little town in Mississippi. Football is his life and we're anxious to get him here and see his big body moving around because again, he can separate. Our scouts really like this guy even from his sophomore film and had very high grades on him. We had high, high grades across the board on this guy. We just felt like what was almost a fourth-round pick was tremendous value at that spot.”

Jonathan Newsome, 6-3, 247, DE, Ball State

166th pick (fifth round)

“Obviously he's pretty local being a Ball State guy. He helped them achieve a pretty good season this year. So you heard his name and you kept hearing about this pass rusher from Ball State early, even last year some hearing some whispers. Then the Combine, it was one of those things where everyone was a little bit in the doldrums and all of a sudden, he was out there moving around and everyone perked up and we all looked and said, 'Who's that?' That's when it all started pretty much.

“Then we start scrutinizing the tape. No one knew where he was going to go, no one knew that much about him. He's able to rush the passer, one. He can bend the edge. He's very athletic, and I think Chuck (Pagano) will tell you we feel he has really good position flexibility Rush or Sam because he can really drop, he can really rush, he throws his face in there, he can set the edge some. He's got to get a little stronger but this guy's a football player.”

Andrew Jackson, 6-1, 254, ILB, Western Kentucky

203rd pick (sixth round)

Andrew Jackson was actually a guy that was going to come out, he actually inquired with the league and was going to come out as a junior and decided to stay, so we knew about him for a couple of years. All the grades were really high and he's a really tough, hard-nosed football player. You just mention his name to anybody and they know he likes to hit. He's very physical and he's all about business on the football field. This guy plays with an edge. He's a 255-pound thumper. He's kind of that guy, even two years ago at first glance you look at him and say, 'This is what we're looking for.' You need to have some size in there, especially in our division and how this league is especially late in the year you know you've got to stop the run. He's tailor-made to stop the run. Very quick, quicker than fast type guy but he's cat-quick in a short area and plays a lot faster than he timed.”

Ulrick John, 6-5, 288, OT, Georgia State

232nd pick (seventh round)

“He's interesting. He played against Alabama, West Virginia this year and played pretty darn well. To me, he's a true left tackle prospect, he's a developmental guy. But he's also played center and guard, so he kind of goes along with the theme. He's a guy that has multi-position flexibility. He's competitive, but he's very athletic and he's got room to grow. I'd like to see how he looks a year from now with Roger Marandino and our weight program because we feel like he has some upside. He's got a really good athletic base. He's competitive, he was at our top 30 visit. He was kind of an unknown. It's going to be interesting to see how he develops because the athletic core and character, size and all those things are there, and he knows how to play the game. He actually was a center in high school as well, I think he was only like 240 pounds or something, he was a skinny guy.”

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