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Czar's team-by-team NFL Draft grades

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Indianapolis Colts

If you accept the premise that Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is a better prospect than Peyton Manning was 14 years ago, then the Colts definitely are on the right track. It's just too bad they were unable to receive any compensation for Peyton bolting for the Broncos. To make his life comfortable in Indianapolis, Luck's best friend, tight end Coby Fleener, was taken with the 34th pick when some very good defensive players were still on new general manager Ryan Grigson's board. Peyton missed the playoffs once, but Luck may not be as lucky, because the Colts' cupboard isn't fully stocked right now. ... That explains another tight end, Clemson's Dwayne Allen, as another second-round pick. ... T.Y. Hilton should give them a great return threat. ... Alabama defensive tackle Josh Chapman has the muscle and quickness to help defend the run. With the switch to a 3-4 defense, he may be the starting nose tackle. ... But most of their draft was about fixing the offense, and Mississippi State running back Vick Ballard could be a surprise addition. ... The Colts drafted Mr. Irrelevant, symbolic of the 253rd and last pick, by taking Northern Illinois quarterback Chandler Harnish, who might have fun during the Newport Beach Mr. Irrelevant festivities, but probably won't get many reps in training camp. Grade: A-

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The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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