T.J. Yates didn't save the Texans season, but Sunday's come-from-behind win made it pretty clear that they've got a better chance at making a Super Bowl run with him under center than a lot of other players.
Like, say, Dan Orlovsky or Curtis Painter, the two guys currently swapping starts for the Colts because, according to Bill Polian by way of our Colts Rapid Reporter Tom James, Indy just missed on drafting Yates in the fifth round.
"We were getting ready to draft him in the very same round,” Polian said on his Monday radio show. "Houston picked before us if Im not mistaken.
"Should we have taken him a round earlier? Yes, without question."
One problem: the Colts didn't have a pick in the fifth round, so it's fairly unlikely they were about to take Yates at that spot. In fact, they traded their fifth-round pick to the Redskins who later traded the pick to ... the Texans.
Yes, that's right -- Yates was taken 152nd overall, which was originally the Colts fifth-round choice. Indy dealt the pick away along with the 53rd overall pick (their second-rounder) in order to move up four spots and grab Villanova tackle Ben Ijalana with the 49th overall pick. Ijalana hasn't played since Week 4.
Polian's second piece of logic remains the same, though: if the Colts thought highly of Yates, then they should have taken him late in the fourth round. Of course, hindsight and draft opinions are almost always through the gaze of 20/20 vision.
Polian essentially admitted as much by pointing out, via Brad Wells of Blue Stampede, that the Colts would have used a first-round pick on a quarterback in 2010 if they'd known that Peyton Manning would miss the entire season prior to the draft.
Polian didn't say which quarterback, but it's widely believed that he was interested in selecting Andy Dalton, now with the Bengals. Traveling back in a time machine and drafting Dalton or Yates probably wouldn't matter much for Indy; without Manning, they're pretty clearly doomed to mediocrity. (Polian also said, per Wells, that he made "poor judgment" on believing Curtis Painter was a capable backup.)
The only thing that matters is whether or not Polian and the Colts front office are smart enough to recognize their predicament now and address it the next time they have an opportunity to take a quarterback in the draft. Or as you might know it, with Andrew Luck and the first selection in 2012.
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