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Indianapolis Colts: 5 Possible 2013 1st Round Draft Picks

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Indianapolis Colts: 5 Possible 2013 1st Round Draft Picks

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One thing the Indianapolis Colts have shown us in the five games of the season is that they’re still in dire need of help. Right now, the Colts are on the right track of rebuilding this franchise, but they’re no where near they need to be.

The Colts adapted a new system of trying to establish a run and not leave so much on the shoulders of their franchise quarterback on offense. They’re also revamping on defense from the old base 4-3 to a new hybrid 3-4 system.

The problem is they’re doing this with majority of the guys that were drafted to play the old system. The Colts did unload majority of their talent this past off-season in cutting ties with Peyton Manning, Joseph Addai, Dallas Clark, Melvin Bullitt, Gary Brackett, Jacob Tamme among others. They worked the 2012 draft to get the immediate needs to get better, but they’re still far from having the players they want.

The Colts have yet to establish the running game they want and that can be blamed on the offensive line and running backs they have now. I think the receivers and tight ends are in place as well as the obvious quarterback position. I do think they will look to bring in another running back addition and some more offensive line potentials as well.

On the defensive front, they could use guys at every position. They didn’t bring many defenders in during the draft and didn’t have enough cap room to sign free agents that would be immediate help. They had to move guys to different positions to adapt to the new system, but some of them aren’t playing to the level needed for the system.

I think the 2013 draft will be primarily used for defense and with having the most cap room in the league next year, I think that money is spent on upgrades on the offensive side of the ball.

Here’s who I think the top five prospects are that the Colts could draft with their first round draft pick next April.

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OLB- Barkevious Mingo LSU

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Barkevious Mingo is rated as the No. 1 linebacker in college right now. Mingo is a 6’4 240 pound junior on one of the top teams in the nation. Mingo, is extremely fast and a gifted athlete. He was a track star in high school and didn’t even start playing football until his junior year.

In 2010, Mingo had 35 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. He used his athletic ability and speed to disrupt passes and harass opposing quarterbacks.

Where Mingo is great is that he’s surprisingly powerful and plays great in coverage. His speed can hang with most receivers. He would be great to line up opposite side of Robert Mathis.

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OLB- Jarvis Jones Georgia

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I think the Colts are going to try and build this line backing spot next year big time in the draft. There’s so many good athletic linebackers expected to be drafted high and I think the Colts get in on the parade. There’s not any running backs proving their worth and the line backing spot needs help.

Jones, is a close second ranked linebacker right now behind Mingo. He had his breakout game against Missouri a few weeks ago in having nine tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles, and an interception all in that game.

Jones is a great pass rusher, but even better in stopping the run, and dropping back in coverage. He’s a big 6’2, 242 pound enforcer and like Mingo could contribute instantly on the opposite side of Mathis.

I don’t think the Colts could go wrong in drafting either linebacker.

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DT- Jonathan Hankins Ohio State

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The Colts desperately need a big defensive tackle to help the new look line. They lost Dwight Freeney and Mathis to the line backing core and really only Cory Redding is going to be a mainstay on that new line. Drafting 6’3 320 pound Jonathan Hankins will be a good start to rebuilding the line.

Hankins is a phenomenal run stopper with his size, and a great pass rusher. He had 67 tackles, 11 TFL, 3 sacks, and was the All-Big Ten Honorable Mention in 2011.

Hankins draws plenty of double teams and allows big gaps for linebackers to hit holes. He’s smart and reads plays well and has quick feet. I think Hankins will be a great pick up if available next April for the Colts.

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DT- Star Lotulelei Utah

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What are the odds of the Colts drafting a Luck with their first pick in 2012 and a Star with their first pick in 2013? They’re actually pretty good.

Lotulelei, is a phenomenal defensive tackle and I can see him being the Colts’ first round pick next April over anyone else on this list.

He was voted the best defensive linemen in the Pac 12, and had 44 tackles, nine TFL, and 1.5 sacks in 2011. His numbers would have been even higher, but teams doubled him and ran plays opposite of Lotulelei due to his ability to change the game.

Can you imagine having this guy with the Colts forcing guys towards Redding or Mathis? He could be the next best defensive tackle in the NFL. He’s getting comparisons to Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. Colts head coach Chuck Pagano knows all about Ngata in coaching him and is trying to model this Colts team off of the Ravens. I think they’re leaning towards Lotulelei right now if they had their choice.

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WR- Robert Woods USC

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The Colts don’t really need a receiver, but if they have a better record than many predict this season Woods may be best available.

The Colts are wanting to go forward with smaller, but speedy receivers. Woods fits every mold of a receiver the Colts are trying to build. He’s 6’1, 190 pounds and extremely quick.

What makes Woods so dangerous is he’s tough to defend due to his speed, but an even better route runner and a huge deep threat. He is so good at getting separation and getting open to be a target.

In his freshman year he led the team with 792 receiving yards and was Pac 10 Freshman of the Year. Last season, he was a Biletnikof finalist as he had 112 receptions, 1,292 receiving yards, and 15 touchdowns.

Woods needs to look on his hands and not dropping so many balls, but if he does he’s going to be a very dangerous NFL receiver.