A little more insight now as to which players have elevated themselve and which have gone the other direction. Also, the Colt needs are a bit more evident. Here's the latest thoughts.
1) Mikel LeShoure, RB, Illinois. He's a beast (6', 230, 4.53), and he can catch the ball well. The Colt runners have been horrid in the absence of Addai, and a straight-ahead, powerful runner like LeShoure is what the running back corps will lack once Addai goes bye-bye.
2) Benjamin Ijalana, OT, Villanova. Projected as a guard by many. At 6'4", 320, there is precidence that the Colts wouldn't call him too short for tackle. He's got long arms and quick feet, and he only lacks experience against top pass rushers. He'd get that quickly in practice in Indy.
3) Cedrick Thornton, DT, S. Arkansas. Muir and Johnson will be UFAs after the year. At 6'4", 295 lbs., this uber-productive small-school DT could easily be 305 by TC. I mention that because I'm calling on him to replace Muir or Johnson in the Colts' run-stuffing role.
4) Brian Lainhart, S, Kent St. Might remind us of Bethea, in that he's been a productive center-fielder and good tackler at a small school.
5) Brian Rolle, LB, Ohio St. I'm in love with this tweener who is too small for LB (218 lbs), but too slow for SS (4.59). He's a great player who will make his mark in ST and be a capable back-up LB. He's from Immokalee, FL., which is Edgerrin/Javarris James country.
7) Rich Lapham, OT, Boston Co. Big guy with good intangibles. We just need more entries in the OT sweepstakes for next year. Diem should be gone, Charlie Johnson isn't under contract (though I suspect he'll get one), which leaves us with only Jeff Linkenbach and PS player Joe Reitz returning.