T.Y. Hilton

Draft Grades: Indianapolis Colts

The Colts clinched a solid grade from this draft class the minute the regular season ended. But new GM Ryan Grigson took their development to a new level with a strong draft class which should allow this team to emerge as contenders again in the not-so-distant future.

Obviously the addition of Andrew Luck was franchise-changing move. He’ll step into a starting role from day one, and should be the face of this franchise for the next 10 years and beyond. He won’t right the ship in one season, but he has all the tools necessary to make this team a Super Bowl contender again within the next three to five seasons.

I’m not as high on Coby Fleener as most, but this was a no-brainer for the Colts. Every young quarterback needs a go-to receiver, and who better to play that role for Luck than his college teammate and close friend?

Some have criticized the Colts for drafting two tight ends, but Fleener and Dwayne Allen are very different and both should play significant roles. Fleener is really more of an oversized receiver, while Allen is more of a traditional tight end. The Colts offense will likely feature sets with Fleener lined up in the slot and Allen on the line.

T.Y. Hilton is an explosive deep threat and should also contribute on special teams. He’s not a No. 1 or No. 2 receiver, but he’ll be a weapon that opposing defenses need to account for at all times.

Josh Chapman is a prototypical nose tackle. As with most 320-pounders, stamina is an issue, but he should see the field for 20-25 snaps per game even if he doesn’t win a starting job as a rookie.

Vick Ballard will likely fight with Deji Karim for the third-string running back job. His upside is limited due to a lack of explosiveness, but he could be an effective short-yardage back.

LaVon Brazill is an intriguing developmental prospect. Don’t expect to see much of him early in his career, but the Colts could keep him around as a 5th receiver and develop him for the future.

Justin Anderson is a physical lineman who could provide depth at guard and right tackle. And if he impresses early, he could push Joe Reitz for playing time.

Tim Fugger played defensive end at Vanderbilt and should be a nice fit in the Colts new hybrid defense. He has the athleticism to play both end and linebacker depending on the defensive set.

Chandler Harnish, Mr. Irrelevant, will compete with Trevor Vittatoe for the third-string quarterback job.

The Colts left a lot of holes unfilled, mainly on the defensive side of the football, but I love the fact that they surrounded Luck with a ton of talent. Too many teams address their need for a quarterback and only halfheartedly fill the holes around him. The Colts are clearly making sure that Luck is given every opportunity to succeed.

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Rounds 1-3 Winners: Indianapolis Colts

Obviously the Indianapolis Colts hit a home run with the selection of Andrew Luck. But their Day 2 selections took this draft class to a new level.

Coby Fleener was a no-brainer in the 2nd round. While I didn’t have a high 2nd-round grade on him, his value to the Colts exceeds his value to any other team due to his connection to Andrew Luck. Every young quarterback needs a security blanket, and Fleener will be that guy.

The selection of Dwayne Allen may seem redundant, but Fleener and Allen are actually very different players. Fleener is essentially an oversized wide receiver, while Allen is more of the traditional tight end. I expect the Colts to use Fleener in the slot frequently, much the same way the Packers have used Jermichael Finley in recent years. Allen, on the other hand, will be used more as a blocker and a short-yardage receiver.

In the 3rd round, T.Y. Hilton adds a new dimension to the offense. He has the speed to consistently stretch the field and, even if he’s only targeted a few times per game, his presence on the field will affect how defenses line up.

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T.Y. Hilton scouting report

T.Y. Hilton WR Florida International #4
Ht: 5’10″

Wt: 183

Dangerous in the open field; extremely quick and elusive. Has the speed to consistently stretch the field. Efficient route runner; very quick in his breaks and can quickly shake defenders who lack the footwork to stay with him. Reliable hands. Gives a solid effort as a blocker. Explosive return specialist. Hard worker off the field; well respected by coaches and teammates.
Undersized; may struggle to shake press coverage at the next level. Level of competition is a minor concern; hasn’t seen corners with the same size/athleticism combination he’ll face at the next level.
Hilton is a prototypical slot receiver who can make big plays with his quickness. He’ll struggle in certain matchups due to his lack of strength, but as a 3rd option he can be a dangerous weapon who can stretch the field and also draw some attention away from from the top receivers. He reminds me of former Rams receiver Az-Zahir Hakim, who excelled as the 3rd option alongside Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce.
2011 vs Louisville
2011 vs Troy/Arkansas State 
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Prospects to watch in the Little Caesar’s bowl

* The top prospect in this game is actually a junior, Florida International’s T.Y. Hilton. He’s an undersized but explosive receiver. He should return to school, but it wouldn’t be a shock if he left early.

November 29, 2008: T.Y. Hilton of the Florida International Golden Panthers in action during the NCAA football game between the Florida Atlantic Owls and the Florida International Golden Panthers. The Owls defeated the Golden Panthers 57-50 Photo via Newscom

T.Y. Hilton has a future in the NFL and may be an early entry to the 2011 draft

* FIU cornerback Anthony Gaitor may be the top senior prospect in this game. He’s too small (5’9″) to be a starter at the next level, but has the speed and athleticism to be a nickel corner. There are plenty of cornerbacks that enter the draft each year with Gaitor’s coverage ability, but what makes him stand out is his willingness to play an aggressive style of football. Too many small corners back off from tough assignments, but Gaitor will play at the line of scrimmage and mix it up with bigger receivers and even get into the backfield to help out against the run.

* Like FIU, Toledo doesn’t have many senior prospects. Cornerback Desmond Morrow may be their best shot at having a player drafted this year. His production has been average at best, due to a history of injuries. However, his size (6’2″, 200 lbs) will catch the eye NFL teams. If he’s invited to the combine he will have a chance to rise up draft boards.

* A player to watch for the future is Toledo receiver Eric Page. He’s only a sophomore, but has already emerged as their top weapon on offense. He has surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in each of his first two seasons and should be on the NFL radar screen starting next year.

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