In terms of drafting for need or just taking the best player available, the Colts general manager is taking a different tact this year as opposed to the 2012 draft.
“If there’s a stud [player] that staring at you and staring holes through you, from your [draft] board, and he’s at spot where you felt strongly going forward from the draft process and that guy can substantially made you better, you have to at least have that discussion,” Grigson said. “And we’re willing to have those discussions because at the end of the day, we want the best football players to get us where we want to go. And that’s to win Super Bowls.”
As for moving out of the No. 24 spot in the first round, he admits that it’s a possibility.
“It’s really going to be a case by case basis. We’ll see how that board starts falling. Of course, if there’s not a player sitting there at [No.] 24 that the [draft] room is not excited and we’re not high-fiving and things like that and we’re not even doing a little fist-pumping, we probably shouldn’t take that guy,” Grigson said.
“We’ll probably look to be trading out if there’s a player that we feel is just okay. We want players at that spot, especially in the first round, [who are] going to substantially help us get to our goal.”
The 24th overall pick in the draft has netted NFL teams some good players over the years, including safety Ed Reed (Baltimore), running back Chris Johnson (Tennessee), quarterback Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay), running back Steven Jackson (St. Louis) and tight end Dallas Clark (Indianapolis).
“Well, if you look back at the last 10 years, when you guys leave here and google it, there’s usually a pretty good player there. I’m optimistic. But, again I always talk to [the media] about doomsday scenarios and we’ll be prepared,” Grigson explained.