Whether or not the Colts "won" the Vontae Davis trade, whether or not they overpaid for the young cornerback, Vontae Davis is a Colt now.
What matters for fans now, at least in the short term, is what Davis brings to this team. First, let's look at the hole Davis filled.
It was well documented how futile the Colts were going to be in the secondary this season. Ryan Grigson brought in several newcomers, such as Justin King, Cassius Vaughn, and Josh Gordy, while recently jettisoning former Colts in Kevin Thomas, Chris Rucker, and Terrence Johnson. One of the most important factors in the cornerback transactions was the transition for the Colts in defensive schemes.
Under Tony Dungy and Jim Caldwell, the Colts ran the familiar Tampa-2 defense (although Larry Coyer did his best to muddle it up) the vast majority of the time. The cornerbacks were most often in zone schemes, and needed to support the run and tackle well. Under Chuck Pagano's 3-4 scheme (or hybrid scheme), the defensive...