Here is the link.
Bill Polian plucked three players on Day 1 who will make an immediate impact in receiver Anthony Gonzalez, cornerback Daymeion Hughes, and defensive tackle Quinn Pitcock. Polian couldn't help himself in trading up to get Arkansas tackle Tony Ugoh in round two, giving up his 2008 first rounder in the process. I am very intrigued by the Hughes pick. We are talking about the Pac-10 defensive player of the year and a guy who was just flat-out brilliant when it came to turning the opposition over. I argued Hughes should've been a first- or second-round pick. It's ludicrous that a player falls because of a slow 40 time at the combine, when he had a body of work on Saturdays that tells you how he will perform on Sundays. And Polian agrees.
"This is a guy who really competes out there," Polian said. "He has great hands, great ball skills, great anticipation for the thrown ball which you cannot coach. Hughes is a complete corner. If there is one hole, if you want to call it a hole and I won't, is a small speed hole, but he's been nursing a hamstring injury throughout the draft process. But when you turn on the film, believe me, the game speed is fine. We value people who can turn the ball over. We took Kelvin Hayden a few years ago because he had that quality and look what happened in the Super Bowl. "Daymeion has the same skill sets. In our situation, as Tony (Dungy) has proved with Ronde Barber, we can play corners who don't have that blazing 4.43 speed. And even here we have had great success with Marlin Jackson and Hayden and Daymeion will fit right in." I think Hughes will be a significant player for the 2007 Colts. That's how good he is. That's how dedicated he is in the film room and practice field.