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Polian says he made mistake with 1st-round pick

Posted on: December 7, 2010 7:01 pm
 
Posted by Andy Benoit

Colts president Bill Polian is one of the best talent evaluators and roster managers in pro football. He has nailed virtually every first-round pick he’s used (Manning, Edgerrin, Wayne, Freeney, Clark, Addai – even Anthony Gonzalez was living up to his billing before injuries set in).
J. Hughes (US Presswire)
But lately Polian is on a bit of a cold streak. He traded a first-round pick in 2007 to move up and get offensive tackle Tony Ugoh in the second round. Ugoh is currently out of the league.

In 2009, Polian chose Donald Brown. The Connecticut running back has been borderline awful. Brown can dart around in the open field, but he clearly lacks the quickness and vision to be a quality NFL runner (particularly between the tackles). Durability has also been a problem.

Neither Ugoh nor Brown appear to be Polian’s biggest whiff, however. On his Indianapolis radio show this week, Polian admitted that he made a mistake in the first round of this past April’s Draft. Instead of using the 31st overall pick on Indiana offensive tackle Rodger Saffold, Polian used it on TCU pass-rusher Jerry Hughes. Polian’s show is not available to people outside of Indiana, but Matt Gregor of StampedeBlue.com offered a paraphrase of what Polian said:

When we did our evaluations on Saffold, we felt he would be a right tackle, and we really liked Hughes, so we drafted Hughes,” Polian said. “In hindsight, however, we should have taken Saffold.  He's been great this season.  Hindsight is always 20/20.

Saying Saffold has been great is another way of saying Hughes has been terrible. Indeed, Hughes has barely played in the nine games that he’s been active. He has three tackles and no sacks on the season.

Obviously, it’s not often that NFL personnel executives talk about players – and especially players still on the roster – like this. It’s possible the Colts are getting desperate for ways to light a fire under Hughes.

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Polian says he made mistake with 1st-round pick

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Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 6:01 pm
 

Polian says he made mistake with 1st-round pick

Polian says he made mistake with 1st-round pick


Thought for sure this was gonna be another Peyton Manning thread



Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:55 pm
 

Polian says he made mistake with 1st-round pick

well at least Polian isnt crying about the officals letting cornerbacks hit his precious wide receivers  or hid Inbred QB.  ......................   he's gottagave something to bitch about



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:46 pm
 

Polian says he made mistake with 1st-round pick

Polian I'm sure is on the phone trying to change the rules (as always) and getting a supplemental pick next year for his failing here.

Your kind of sensationalistic journalism would be better suited at a fake news organization such as The Enquirer or Fox News MSNBC, CNN, ABC, NBC and CBS.

There fixed it for you.



Since: Oct 28, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2010 12:51 pm
 

Polian says he made mistake with 1st-round pick

Thanks for knowledge. Article leaves out important facts; like two outstanding players playing in front and focus on needs. A number of threads offer a clearer picture. Thank you.



Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 12:36 pm
 

Polian says he made mistake with 1st-round pick

Wow...if the Colts were supposed to get him and didn't...i'm SURE glad he fell to St. Louis in the Second...Saffold has been GREAT at LT for the Blue and Gold and it looks like (barring injury of course) he'll be there to protect Sam's blindside for a long time. Seeing this article makes me glad to have RS76 at left Tackle...



Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 11:13 am
 

Polian says he made mistake with 1st-round pick

Hey Benoit, stop trying to create drama where drama doesn't exist. Polian has no problem with Larry Hughes, he plays behind Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney, for Christ's sake. That's why he doesn't have crazy stats.

Polian's comment was based more on his inability to correctly address the Colts' needs in the draft, it wasn't a comment on Larry Hughes being a horrible player (which he isn't). That was what you inferred by twisting Polian's words around.

Your kind of sensationalistic journalism would be better suited at a fake news organization such as The Enquirer or Fox News.



Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 9:36 am
 

Polian says he made mistake with 1st-round pick

Saying Saffold has been great is another way of saying Hughes has been terrible
Not really. Its another way of saying the offensive line has been terrible. When Polian says "We really liked Hughes," I don't think it must be inferred that they don't like him now.  As others have noted, there hasn't been a place for him to play. That seems to be the real comment: that they didn't address needs. You know, Hughes can really, really run. If they want to address needs, they should play him at Safety. After all, they obviously drafted him in the 'best available athlete' line of thinking.
If they want to send Hughes our way, I'd love to see if the guy can play. We've got Hali, but we're gonna need someone to replace Vrabel soon.




Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 9:26 am
 

Polian says he made mistake with 1st-round pick

This article is yet another example of CBS’ “typical” instigative journalism, hiding behind the premise that they can interpret and twist words as they wish to create stories.  

 

It’s a joke that Benoit takes an excerpt from Polian’s statement that “… we should have taken Saffold.  He's been great this season,” and put his two cents in by writing Saying Saffold has been great is another way of saying Hughes has been terrible. Indeed.”  With all due respect Benoit, you are WRONG!  

 

Polian’s statement directly addresses his passing up on Saffold based on “When we did our evaluations on Saffold, we felt he would be a right tackle…”  One could interpret this as his admission of underestimating Saffold’s ability to play left tackle. That is where the Rams are utilizing him, and where he has excelled.  By making such a statement Polian now realizes his own shortcomings on talent evaluation.  

 

Further, how can Benoit get away with finishing the story with It’s possible the Colts are getting desperate for ways to light a fire under Hughes.”? Is Benoit even aware that Hughes plays behind two pro-bowl DE’s: Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney?  That he’s not going to be in on the majority of plays, especially when the game is on the line? Or, that rookies sometimes DO take time to develop?

 

Who knows? Maybe the message from Polian is more directed towards lighting a fire under the Indy Offensive Line, which has been…OFFENSIVE all year. But indeed, Mr. Benoit, your interpretations and deflections to create sensational journalism are just plain wrong.  

 

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