ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. didn’t give the Indianapolis Colts a high grade for their 2013 class. He gave them a C-plus. Kiper decided to re-grade each team now that the season is complete minus the Super Bowl.
And to no surprise, Kiper gave the Colts an even lower grade than he did last year. He said their draft class performed at a C-minus level.
Kiper wrote that first-round pick, rushing linebacker Bjoern Werner, was on the field for about 30 percent of the defensive snaps and he “didn’t give the Colts much of a pass rush when he did play.”
I think Kiper is being too kind. I would have given them no higher than a D-plus. That group of players did not have an impact on the season.
Kiper also noted that trading away the first-round pick to get running back Trent Richardson will hurt the Colts in this year’s draft.
Here's a breakdown of the 2013 draft picks from a post I did earlier this week:
LB Bjoern Werner: 18 tackles, 2.5 sacks, three passes defended
OL Khaled Holmes: Holmes was inactive for nine games despite the offensive line dealing with injuries late in the season.
DT Montori Hughes: Like Holmes, Hughes spent most of the season on the inactive list (11 games).
S John Boyett: He didn't even make it to the first game of the season. Boyett was released after being arrested for disorderly conduct, public intoxication and resisting law enforcement.
RB Kerwynn Williams: He was released before the start of the season, brought back for a couple stints on the practice squad and active roster before being cut for good in early October.
TE Justice Cunningham: See Williams above. The same thing happened to Cunningham, except he made it until late November before being released for good.