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2013 NFL Draft: Indianapolis Colts Top Five Needs

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2013 NFL Draft: Indianapolis Colts Top Five Needs

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The Indianapolis Colts are coming off of one of the most surprising turnarounds in NFL history. After going 2-14 in 2011, the Colts shocked the world with an 11-5 regular season record in 2012 and making the playoffs for the 10th time in the last 11 years.

What made this even more remarkable is they did this with more than 60-percent of their offense relying on rookies and their entire defense being shifted from a base 4-3 to a hybrid 3-4 scheme with only two players brought in who know how to play it.

Last offseason the Colts cut ties with all the guys that made them who they are. Gone was Peyton Manning, Joseph Addai, Dallas Clark, Jeff Saturday, Gary Brackett, Pierre Garcon, Melvin Bullitt among others.

Indianapolis also fired the entire coaching staff and front office to bring in a new head coach in Chuck Pagano with zero head coaching experience. After adapting to his style, he goes down with a bout with leukemia for majority of the season and had to follow Bruce Arians who was calling the offense and trying to lead this team.

They used last year’s draft on revamping this offense with youth to go along with a brand new coaching staff and front office.

With the offense being built for the next run at a dynasty, I believe the team will go majority defense with some picks to fill holes on the offensive side of the ball.

Here’s the top five needs this team needs to have a run at the Super Bowl as soon as this season.

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Offensive Tackle

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It’s no secret the Colts have offensive line problems. Andrew Luck was sacked in every game last season and had nearly 40 sacks on him. The line was patch worked and very inefficient.

There’s plenty of offensive line help out there in free agency, but it may be smarter to grab a young guy to sit behind a veteran and learn to protect Luck and help block the run.

Anthony Castonzo is going to be the left tackle barring no injuries or the next decade. He’s still very young and getting better by the year. The Colts though need a solid young right tackle to help anchor that side of the line and help give Luck more time.

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Offensive Guard

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This is the final part of the offense the Colts need to address in the draft. They got their quarterback, running back, both tight ends and wide receivers of the future last season. They signed center Samson Satele in the offseason last year so they’re set with all of those spots.

Getting some good tackles on the line is the final step in having a well put together offense for many years to come.

Indianapolis had to use guys like Joe Reitz, Jeff Linkenbach, Brad Sowell, Mike McGlynn and others at guard in 2012. It’s time to get more beef and talent at these two spots and help this line give Luck time and make holes for a running game.

It’s time for this line to get out of the bottom five efficient offensive line and lead this team to a Super Bowl.

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Outside Linebacker

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With the departure of Dwight Freeney this offseason a starting outside linebacker spot is open. There’s some very good guys out there to get in this draft as it’s deep with linebacker help. I believe the Colts address this issue in the draft.

Robert Mathis is a solid Pro Bowl starter on one side. Get a younger guy to play opposite him that knows how to play in the 3-4 and they’re set.

The middle line backing spots are secured with Pat Angerer, Kavell Conner and Jerrell Freeman. Add in Robert Mathis to one side and get another stud and this line backing core is among the league best.

Guys that have Aldon Smith or Von Miller abilities are in this draft and the Colts will go after them.

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Defensive End

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The final thing the Colts need to address is the defensive end spot. They have Cory Redding at one side but no one reliable at the other. They had no guys other than Redding on the roster last year with the size and beef to play on a 3-4 line. They had to use former defensive tackles from their old system to play in these spots.

They now need to find a couple of guys who can play in the future on this line.

Redding, isn’t going to be there five years from now as he’s aging. Who’s going to be his replacement and going to start opposite him?

It’s time for an upgrade here.

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The last couple years have been rough to watch as a Colts fan if you’re wanting to see good play against quarterbacks. It seemed like the opposing teams quarterback was having a career day against the Colts every week as they did just enough to bend but not break.

The move for Vonate Davis last summer was good but they still lacked the shutdown corner opposite him. Jerraud Powers is good at times but gives too much of a cushion. He then got injured and the Colts were left with Cassius Vaughn and Darius Butler as fill ins.

Again they were good at times, but gave up too many passes.

Like the offensive line it’s time to rebuild this unit and get feared. Too many open receivers are out there as average quarterbacks look like Pro Bowlers against these corners.

Look at the teams with the best success in the NFL right now. The New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks all have corners that play tight man coverage at the line and don’t give up an inch. The draft has guys this year that are tall and physical that can be that guy for Indianapolis.