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April 22, 2013

Colts prepare for draft

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INDIANAPOLIS —

“If there’s a player there, you hope it’s a blue but if there’s a sure-fire starter or at least an eventual starter that’s going to strengthen this team and fit the vision of winning championships than we’ll pluck him, we’ll take him. But if there’s just a guy there and we feel like if we had a two than we can get this guy. That’s bad business. We aren’t going to do that. We are going to trade back.”

Mr. Irrelevant, again — For the second straight draft, the Colts will have the final overall pick. Indianapolis took quarterback Chandler Harnish with the selection and he wound up making the team out of training camp. Grigson is looking for another player who can help his team this year with the “Mr. Irrelevant” pick.

“I feel like it’s still a spot in the draft. And it’s very relevant to us at that pick. And we hope to get a player that has starter traits, just like we would at any other spot,” he said.

Team needs:

Outside linebacker/pass rusher — With former Colts DE/OLB Dwight Freeney gone, the Colts will probably look to the draft in order to find his long-term replacement. Indy added former Green Bay OLB Erik Walden as a free agency signee and OLB Jerry Hughes returns. But the draft may yield the team’s next long-term starter.

Grigson said he’s not sure if Freeney’s replacement will be Walden, Hughes or a potential draft pick.

“We’re still finding that out. Dwight was a great, great player here. I think he was also a great pass rusher. Having Robert [Mathis] and Dwight, from them here together so long, maybe we’re a little spoiled. Having two elite pass rushers and how many teams have two? Sometime they’re looking for one, to have one elite guy,” he said. “We do feel like we have some younger guys that are developing in the shadows as pass rushers.”

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