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Postby Warhawk » Sat Apr 29, 2006 3:52 pm

The following is from ESPN

Strengths: Is a versatile, underrated prospect. Has decent size but is powerful for a smaller back. Has the frame to get bigger. Possesses excellent speed. Shows great initial burst and runs with power. Shows good pad-level and will deliver the blow on a consistent basis. Hits the hole hard and is decisive. He shifts gears and shows an explosive second gear when he hits daylight. Has good COD skills. Shows vision in the open field and will make intelligent cuts back against the grain. He is outstanding in the passing game. Shows excellent awareness and feet in pass pro. Will find the blitzing linebacker, get in position and show great leverage at the POA. He is a scrappy blocker who will cut block when he is overmatched. He works hard to sustain and shows great toughness as a blocker. He is one of the most fluid and reliable receivers out of the backfield in this year's RB class. Has smooth hands; will pluck on the run and can catch over his head. He adjusts to the poorly thrown ball. Is a savvy route runner with a great feel for reading coverages and getting open. Also has experience split out and in the slot. Is a potential mismatch vs. LB's in the passing game at the next level. Has limited experience as a KOR specialist but shows some upside.

Weaknesses: Lacks ideal bulk and needs to continue to fill out his frame. Had some durability issues in 2003. Lacks the bulk and overall size right now to push the pile as a short-yardage runner in the NFL. Isn't overly elusive in the open field. Is extremely sound and aware as a blocker but occasionally will be overmatched at the POA by bigger blitzing linebackers.

Overall: Addai is an all-purpose back who finished second on the team in rushing and third on the team in receiving in 2004. He played in all 12 games as a junior and finished with 680 yards and three TDs on 101 carries, while also chipping in with 294 yards and four TDs on 26 receptions. Addai was listed as the backup to Alley Broussard heading into the 2005 season but took over as the primary ballcarrier when Broussard was lost to injury. When healthy early in the season, Addai capitalized on the opportunity with 642 rushing yards in the first six games, which significantly improved his draft stock. However, a lingering ankle sprain slowed him during LSU's final six regular-season games, when he rushed for just 139 combined yards. Addai did bounce back with a strong performance (130 yards on 24 carries) against Miami in the Peach Bowl, but there are still concerns regarding his overall consistency. Addai is a decisive, slippery runner with excellent timed speed. He lacks ideal bulk and he does not show great elusiveness to make many defenders miss in space. However, Addai is powerful for his size, he has the frame to fill out, and he's a home-run threat in the open field because of his explosive second-gear. He also is an outstanding blocker and reliable receiver in the passing game. He will wow NFL personnel officials with his post-season individual workouts and, as a result, his stock should peak at the right time. In our opinion, Addai has proven he has starter's potential in the NFL and he will be worth a second-round pick to a team in need of a versatile home-run threat at the RB position in the 2006 draft.


Good pick? I like it. The only knock is on his size really, but we have Rhodes to switch it up a bit.
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Postby curious_george_43545 » Sat Apr 29, 2006 3:59 pm

I would of obviously loved DeAngelo Williams to fall to #30, but Addai is a nice pick. ;-D
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Postby Dr. Duran Duran » Sat Apr 29, 2006 6:53 pm

I was hoping Williams would fall, but the realistic side of me knew it was going to be Addai. I rather like the pick. Addai is a solild pass blocker, which is very important since Edge did a great job of that for years. I'm not too concerned about the size, so long as we don't subject him to overuse. With Rhodes and Mungro still on board, it doesn't seem that will end up the case. We'll just have to wait and see, but the talent is certainly there. ;-D
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Postby Dr. Duran Duran » Sat Apr 29, 2006 7:20 pm

Nice article on Addai from Colts.com


Saturday, April 29
DREAM COME TRUE

By John Oehser - Colts.com

Addai Says He’s Blessed to be First-Round Draft Selection
INDIANAPOLIS – Joseph Addai knows there will be pressure.
There will be pressure because he is a first-round draft selection, and because he will be a running back on a high-profile offense on a high-profile team, and because he plays the same position as a recently-departed, high-profile player.

That player was Edgerrin James.

And James was not only a four-time Pro Bowl selection, he was a popular player who rushed for more yards than any player in franchise history.

Addai knows some of this, and he said he knows there will be pressure.

But not too much pressure, he said.

And not more than he can handle.

“I’m just going to come in knowing what I can do,” Addai, who played collegiately at Louisiana State University, said Saturday moments after the Colts made him the No. 30 overall selection in the 2006 NFL Draft.

“I know what I can do and I know it’s my job to come in and practice every day and give 100 percent. That’s all you can ask.

“If I put my best foot forward, I’ll be fine.”

Addai, who Colts President Bill Polian called the fastest running back in the draft, spent draft day at home in Houston with family and friends. He met with Colts officials before the draft and said he “had a feeling” the Colts might select him.

“But with this being the draft, you never know,” he said. “When I heard my name, I was excited.

“I knew I had a pretty good chance of getting drafted by a team in the NFL and it really happened and it’s really catching me by surprise. A lot of things have hit me and stuck down the line, but this has really hit me and I’m really happy.

“I’m real blessed.”

Colts President Bill Polian and Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy each said moments after Addai’s selection that veteran running back Dominic Rhodes will enter training camp as the starter. Addai’s role early will be as a complementary piece to a running back situation that also includes veteran James Mungro.

“I’m just coming in to compete with other players and get on the field as quick as I can,” Addai said.

“Hopefully, our fans don’t expect him to come in and be Edgerrin,” Dungy said moments after Addai’s selection. “He’s going to be a very good player for us. He’s going to do a lot of things really well. He’s going to do a lot of things that are going to remind people of Edgerrin, but he’s replacing a guy who for seven years might have been the best back in the league.

“He can’t come in and have us say, ‘In order for us to win he has to be Edgerrin James.’ We have to use Dominic Rhodes. We have to use Joseph Addai. We’ve all got to be better and pick up the slack.

“But he was the guy who reminded us most of Edgerrin in that he could do a lot of things. We’ve just got to let him grow into that position.”

Competition is hardly new to Addai, who spent much of his career in one of college football’s deepest, most talented backfields.

The presence of several future NFL running backs limited Addai’s playing time at times at LSU, and he emerged as a full-time starter as a senior, when he started 12 of 13 games. He finished his career as the fifth-leading rusher in Louisiana State history, rushing for 2,576 yards despite starting only 19 games. As a senior, leading the team with a career-high 911 yards on 187 carries, a 4.9-yards-per-carry average.

“I think I’m an every-down back,” Addai said. “I feel I can catch the ball and block. Whatever the coach asks me to do, I’ll do it.

“The coaches won’t have to worry about me as far as complaining or anything.”



THE PLAYER THEY WANTED

Colts Select LSU Running Back Addai in First Round of Draft


Intro: The Colts chose Louisiana State University running back Joseph Addai with the No. 30 overall selection of the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft. The Colts targeted Addai as their first-round player of choice late Friday, Colts President Bill Polian said.



By John Oehser

Colts.com

INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts went running back early after all.

After weeks of pre-draft speculation by analysts that the Colts would select a running back in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft, and after Colts President Bill Polian spent weeks saying that was no guarantee, the team indeed went for a runner with their first selection Saturday.

“The suspense is over,” Polian said.

The runner?

Joseph Addai from Louisiana State University.

Addai, who played four seasons for the Tigers, generally was considered one of the most versatile backs in this year’s draft. The Colts made him the fourth running back chosen on Saturday, and he was the 30th selection overall.

“We’re very happy to get him,” Polian said.

Polian said two days before the draft that selecting a running back on the first day of the draft was likely, and he said Saturday the team had targeted Addai as its first-round selection of choice late Friday night.

They entered Saturday with the same focus, Polian said, and he said that influenced their thinking throughout the first round.

The first running back selected was Reggie Bush of Southern California. He went No. 2 overall to the New Orleans Saints, after which the New England Patriots selected Minnesota running back Laurence Maroney at No. 21 and the Carolina Panthers selected DeAngelo Williams from Memphis at No. 27.

“We thought the backs would go off pretty much the way it broke,” Polian said. “We thought we might have some opportunities to move up. It didn’t materialize. Actually, we’re glad we stayed where we are.

“We decided late last night Joseph was the guy we wanted anyway. So, we’re very glad that he came to us.”

Speculation abounded in recent weeks that the Colts would select a running back in the first round because of the loss of running back Edgerrin James as a free agent to the Arizona Cardinals.

Dominic Rhodes, a reserve running back and a five-year veteran, will enter training camp as the starter, Polian and Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy said.

Addai will enter as a complementary piece to the Colts’ running back picture, Polian said, and Dungy said it’s important Addai not be viewed immediately as a replacement for James, among the NFL’s best backs and one of the most versatile players at the position.

Still, of the running backs projected as first-round possibilities, Addai was the most similar to James, Polian and Dungy said.

“He has many of the same attributes,” Polian said. “I’m not trying to make him Edgerrin. That’s far too heavy a burden for any back to carry.

“But he’s a very good blocker, a very good receiver. He’s a very hard-running, speedy, shifty back. The fans are going to like what they see.”

“He runs the fastest of all the backs in the draft,” Polian added.

Because they so coveted Addai, Polian said the Colts considered trading up “to get ahead of the running back run.”

“That didn’t materialize,” Polian said. “It was very difficult to make deals. There were very few opportunities to move up. Someone asked the other day, ‘How accurate was our board?’ Too accurate. They came off exactly as we thought they would.

“There were no names left up in the first round.”

The Colts selected Addai quickly, with NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue announcing the selection shortly after the New York Jets selected center Nick Mangold of Ohio State at No. 29.

“There was no need to sit and wait for a trade down,” Polian said. “We decided this morning he was the guy we wanted. We hoped he would get to us. When he did, there was no need to wait. Make the pick and go.”

Addai finished his career as the fifth-leading rusher in Louisiana State history, rushing for 2,576 yards despite starting only 19 games. He started 12 of 13 games as a senior, leading the team with a career-high 911 yards on 187 carries, a 4.9-yards-per-carry average.



PIECE TO THE PUZZLE

Addai Shouldn’t Have to be Go-To Back Immediately, Dungy Says


Intro: Although the Colts selected Joseph Addai from Louisiana State University with the No. 30 overall selection in the NFL Draft, he won’t necessarily be the go-to back immediately, Colts President Bill Polian and Head Coach Tony Dungy said. Veteran Dominic Rhodes will enter training camp as the starter.



By John Oehser

Colts.com

INDIANAPOLIS – He’s very, very good and the Colts are very optimistic about the future of Joseph Addai.

That’s why they selected him No. 30 overall in the 2006 NFL Draft.

That said, he’s not Edgerrin James.

But that’s fine, Colts President Bill Polian and Head Coach Tony Dungy each said Saturday, moments after the Colts made the Louisiana State running back their first-round selection of this year’s draft.

Because he doesn’t have to be.

“The thing we have to be careful of is we don’t just try to make this guy Edgerrin James,” Dungy said. “He’s going to have a lot of pressure on him because of Edgerrin leaving. We’ve just got to let him be who he is and he’ll be fine.”

What Addai (5-feet-11, 214 pounds) must do, Polian and Dungy said, is contribute to the Colts’ offense, and they said Saturday there’s every indication Addai can do so. Quickly.

“He’s going to be a very good player,” Dungy said. “He’s a solid citizen, he’s a great worker, he’s played on a national championship team and he’s a winner. He has everything you look for. We’re happy to have him.”

Said Polian, “As far as his character is concerned, it’s sterling.”

Addai finished his career as the fifth-leading rusher in Louisiana State history, rushing for 2,576 yards despite starting only 19 games. He started 12 of 13 games as a senior, leading the team with a career-high 911 yards on 187 carries, a 4.9-yards-per-carry average.

Speaking of Addai Saturday, Polian most prominently mentioned two attributes.

One was his versatility.

“He does everything well,” Polian said. “He catches the ball exceptionally well. He’s been a wide receiver. He knows how to run routes. He blocks very well. He’s a very tough guy.

“He played fullback as a freshman at LSU. He’s been moved around and understands concepts very well. He can block, he can catch and he can run routes.”

Said Dungy, “When we looked at the job description of our running back, we just thought, ‘This was the most qualified guy – a guy who can do a lot of things, block very well, catch the ball out of the backfield, run inside, run outside, speed to make long runs . . .’

“He can do it.”

The ability to block is crucial in the Colts’ offense, Polian and Dungy said.

James, the Colts’ all-time leading rusher who signed as a free agent with Arizona early this off-season, also is one of the NFL’s best pass blockers among running backs.

The other trait Polian mentioned most prominently? Addai’s speed.

Polian said Addai was the fastest of the highly-rated running backs in the draft, and said his 4.43-second speed in the 40-yard dash will add an element to the Colts’ offense lacking in recent seasons.

“He’s got long speed,” Dungy said.

“He’s a guy who will move the pile all the time,” Polian said. “He’s going to get three or four yards when there’s a pile. But when there is daylight, he’s getting 15 or 20. If you’ve blocked 12, he’s likely to get 20 or 25. That’s where the yardage comes from. He does well in the passing game because he catches the ball well and turns up.

“He’s what we haven’t had here in a while in terms of taking an eight-yard run that’s blocked and turning it into a 22-yard run. He can do that.”

Another factor in Addai’s favor, Polian said, was that he carried just 499 times in college, comparatively few carries for a big-time college back.

“Edgerrin didn’t have a lot coming out,” Polian said. “There’s some merit to that. It’s a tough position in the National Football League. They take a pounding. The thing you look for in a back is the ability to spurt through the hole so you don’t take a lot of hits head on if you can avoid them. You also want the ability to avoid. Joseph has both.

“He has not been worn down. He’s got 2,500 yards in less than 500 carries. That’s the magic number we look for in a college back. If he’s averaged five yards, the odds are pretty darned good he’s going to be a good back at this level.

“The fact that he doesn’t have a lot of wear and tear on him is helpful.”

Addai’s playing time at LSU was limited at times because of several NFL running backs in the same backfield. He played every game as a reserve in 2004 and didn’t become a full-time starter until his senior season.

“We talked about that a little bit (Friday) as we were talking through all the guys,” Dungy said. “We said, ‘Is this Priest Holmes, a player who played with other good backs and didn’t get to be the featured guy, but has a lot of skills and may just really blossom at this level?’ ”

Polian and Dungy each said veteran running back Dominic Rhodes will enter training camp as the starter, and the early plan is for Addai to be a complementary piece at the running back position.

“We had a gap there at running back,” Dungy said. “Dominic Rhodes is going to start the year as the starter. We’re happy to have a guy to complement him now. Joseph will be good. We’re happy to have him.”

Before the draft, many analysts discussed extensively Addai’s injury history, something about which Polian said the Colts have little concern. Addai sustained a torn ACL in high school, Polian said, and underwent arthroscopic surgery on that knee during spring practice of his sophomore year. He also sustained a high-ankle sprain that limited him for about four games as a senior.

Polian said he spoke with Colts Orthopedic Surgeon Tom Klootwyk early Saturday regarding Addai.

“Doctor Klootwyk’s remark was the knee is absolutely fine,” Polian said. “There’s no evident of arthritis or anything of that nature.”
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Postby Dr. Duran Duran » Sun Apr 30, 2006 7:06 pm

Nice shot of Addai with the new digs!

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Postby Warhawk » Sun Apr 30, 2006 9:07 pm

Cool. ;-D

Sporting a new Joseph Addai sig m'self. :-D
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Postby Dr. Duran Duran » Mon May 01, 2006 1:15 am

Warhawk wrote:Cool. ;-D

Sporting a new Joseph Addai sig m'self. :-D


Nice! I'm considering using the draft photo of Addai with the new uni for a new sig, but I'm still a bit attatched to the Bob Sanders one I've been sporting for a couple of months now. All in good time.
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Postby SwiperNoSwiping » Mon May 01, 2006 7:20 am

Dr. Duran Duran wrote:
Warhawk wrote:Cool. ;-D

Sporting a new Joseph Addai sig m'self. :-D


Nice! I'm considering using the draft photo of Addai with the new uni for a new sig, but I'm still a bit attatched to the Bob Sanders one I've been sporting for a couple of months now. All in good time.


I agree...Nice sig there dude. ;-D

So Addai starter in week 1 though?
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Postby Warhawk » Mon May 01, 2006 8:41 am

Well, he has to prove himself in camp, as Rhodes is starting off #1. Honest opinion, though, I think Addai starts week 1. But Rhodes will definitely be a factor.
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Postby Dr. Duran Duran » Mon May 01, 2006 12:46 pm

Personally, I think Rhodes isn't what he used to be when he took over for Edge a few years back. He'll be nice to use in spells, but Addai should be the man, assuming he's healthy.
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