Who Should the Indianapolis Colts Target After Andrew Luck?

By Daniel Canova

“And with the first pick of the 2012 NFL draft, the Indianapolis Colts select, Andrew Luck, Quarterback from Stanford.”

What’s next?

After releasing Peyton Manning, Dallas Clark, Gary Brackett, Melvin BullittJoseph Addai and not resigning Jacob Tamme or Pierre Garcon, the Colts need to fill many gaps on both sides of the football.  The positions I believe they are in most need of are the Tight End, Wide Receiver and Running back positions on offense.  Retaining All-Pro Wide-out, Reggie Wayne was very important building for the future because they most definitely need some veterans on an offense that will look fairly new.  They also need to build a foundation for Andrew Luck on the offensive line, so he doesn’t get discouraged and take beatings from opposing defenses his rookie campaign.  Defensively, the Colts already improved acquiring former Ravens, Corey Redding, Tom Zbikowski, and Brandon McKinney to join Chuck Pagano’s new 3-4 defensive scheme.  Also, earlier this week, new Colts safety, Tom Zbikowski says the Indianapolis Colts are aiming to, “beat the crap out of people”.  For a team who’s owner claims they are in rebuilding mode, they seem pretty confident heading into the 2012-2013 NFL Season.

Now, back to draft needs.

I believe the Colts need to address the Wide Receiver or Tight End position immediately after Andrew Luck.  If available, there are two prospects coming out of college who have caught my eye on who the Colts must draft.  Kendall Wright, a year ago caught passes from Heisman Trophy Winner and projected number 2 overall pick in April’s Draft, Robert Griffin III.  Wright had a marvelous season at Baylor, catching 108 footballs for 1,663 yards and 14 touchdowns.  Wright and Reggie Wayne will definitely compliment one another because Wayne is more of a possession receiver, while Wright will fly down the football field receiving the long ball.  Kendall Wright has a lot of Mike Wallace in him.  Maybe not as fast, but definitely the same intangibles when it comes to running routes, hands, and quickness.

Another guy who I would absolutely love to pair with Andrew Luck is his Tight End from Stanford, Coby Fleener.  Fleener is projected to go late in the first round, but assuming he falls to Indianapolis, I don’t see how you make the mistake of not taking him.  First and for most, Luck and Fleener have chemistry from playing with one another at Stanford.  Fleener was Luck’s security blanket, when the Cardinal offense needed to convert on a critical 3rd and 6 or 4th and short play.  Teaming them up once again at the professional level isn’t a bad idea at all.  Fleener is a 6-foot-6. 247 pound beast, running with wide receiver-like speed (Fleener ran a 4.4 40 yard dash with wind pushing behind his back, but ran a 4.51 into the wind).  That’s faster than Rob Gronkowski, and you saw what he did last year for the New England Patriots.

Kendall Wright and/or Coby Fleener teaming up with Andrew Luck in Indianapolis sounds very tasteful.


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