What’s next: I expect more role players like Zbikowski and McGlynn, more castoffs like Justice and Stanton and more guys who are presumed finished by a lot of teams, like Avery.
They are all guys who didn’t cost much but who have upside and can help, at least as role players. And if they don’t pan out, it’s hardly a death blow to Indianapolis’ major, long-term plans. Money is limited with big dead-money charges and a $19 million cap hit for defensive end Dwight Freeney the team has indicated it’s willing to carry.
I’d agree that the risk is certainly minimal. As a strategy I don’t believe the offensive line is nearly strong enough to protect a first overall pick nor do I believe the lack of tight ends is a good thing for a guy like Luck. Donnie Avery was a good risk to take and I’m pleased that Grigson recognizes just how many holes they have to fill offensively. Let’s see how the draft pans out but if the roster is full of middling players I’d expect the results to be no better.