Colts to replace Marvin Harrison early?

“As I look at our team right now, I think you have to think receiver for this reason: Marvin (Harrison)’s not going to play forever, whether it’s this year or the year after that,” Polian said Jan. 13, the day Caldwell was announced to replace Dungy, who retired. “We’ve got to be thinking about what’s the future at that critical position. How do you replace a hall of famer?”

Even if the Colts release the veteran wide receiver, 36, they would save only $6 million of the $13.4 million he is scheduled to count against the 2009 salary cap because of pro-rated bonuses he has already received but haven’t been applied to the cap.

That doesn’t go far in free agency for a team that has little space to maneuver under the cap and is committed to building and sustaining itself through the draft. Continue Reading

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Big Draft Book Update

Our Big Draft Book is coming along fine. It should be available either late February or in March. It will feature more than 300 scouting reports, which we are putting together now.

Two San Jose State stars could go in first round

San Jose State isn’t known for having a pipeline to the NFL but that may change this year. Two former stars are increasing their value and right now are borderline first rounders. Defensive end Jarron Gilbert and cornerback Coye Francies put on good showings at the Senior Bowl last week.

Gilbert is a 3-4 defensive end or possibly a 4-3 defensive tackle. At 6′5″, 285 lbs., he has showed that he possesses incredible intangibles on the defensive line. He is a leader on and off the field. He stays on his feet and plays with a low center of gravity. Gilbert’s 22 tackles for a loss were the best in college football as well.

Coye Francies is 6′1″, 185 lbs. He has the ideal size and speed one looks for in a cornerback. His coverage skills are above average but he poses as a double threat since he averaged more than 22 yards per punt return. Francies is also a sure tackler.

Both Gilbert and Francies will likely go in the second round but good showings at the NFL Combine will likely put them in the first round, especially with Gilbert as he is a multi-dimensional lineman with more upside than LSU’s Tyson Jackson & Auburn’s Sen’Derrick Marks.

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