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Indianapolis Colts 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 1: 7 Rounds

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Indianapolis Colts Mock Draft: 7 Rounds

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Kyle Terada-US Presswire

The Indianapolis Colts had an astonishing 2012, despite minimal expectations coming in. After receiving the first overall pick, the Colts chose current franchise quarterback Andrew Luck. Luck was mature enough in the fourth quarter and showed enough poise throughout the year to earn the team a wild card berth, despite lacking talent in key areas. With an estimated $44 million in cap room, the team is sure to make a splash in free agency this offseason, but general manager Ryan Grigson understands the Colts best starting point when building a new team is in the trenches. From there, the team can look to build around its quarterback Andrew Luck, by giving him pieces that will fit into the new system offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton. With free agency occurring this week, look for the Colts to release both Donnie Avery and Austin Collie, drafting a third receiver and allowing T.Y Hilton to develop into the second receiver position. It will all come down to how the Colts can allocate their immense amount of cap room, and make the transition from veteran players like Dwight Freeney to emerging stars such as Jerrod Powers. The Colts defense is certainly where the draft will be focused on, looking to change the tone of games and rely less on Andrew Luck’s heroics. For 2013, the Colts have shifted higher up the ladder towards becoming a Super Bowl contender. After gaining spots in the power rankings all of last year, the team looks to develop on its strengths and make a playoff run, if not winning the division.

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Round 1: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

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Brian Spurlock

Desmond Trufant is the best cover corner in the draft, and he would fit in nicely alongside Vonte Davis if not this year, surely in the future. Trufant plays an aggressive man-to-man defense that would also work well, and with his phenomenal footwork and agility he will certainly be better on the depth chart than some of the current Colts CB’s.

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Round 3: Shawn Williams, SS, Georgia

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John David Mercer-US Presswire

With the addition of Trufant, the Colts will be one position away form a legitimate secondary. Shawn Williams, a strong safety out of Georgia, could be that player. He is a great mix of size and speed, measuring in at 6’1. Williams was a natural leader of an impressive Georgia defense, and should be a great pick for the third round.

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Round 4: Chris Harper, WR, Kansas State

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Mark J. Rebilas-US Presswire
In the fourth round the Colts will look to improve on the offense front for the first time in the draft. Pep Hamilton has inherited a lot of shifty receivers, but for his west-coast offense to be truly effective he will need a big-body receiver. He should be able to get this with Chris Harper. At 6’1 and 230 pounds, Harper was essential to the success of quarterback Collin Klein. Scouts have compared him to Anquan Boldin because of his strong hands and ability to block.
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Round 6: Brian Winters, OG, Kent State

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Howard Smith-US Presswire

The Colts will be continuing to fortify their offensive line, a weakness of the team, but not a necessity in the draft, thanks to the strong free agent market. Therefore in the sixth round the Colts will be able to get someone along the lines of Brian Winters from Kent State. Winters has been compared to former Colt Jake Scott and has phenomenal fundamentals. He finishes plays and has great flexibility despite towering over smaller ends, even at the NFL level. Also, despite his height, film shows him firing off the ball in short-yardage situations, making him a desirable combo-blocker.

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Round 7: Brandon Sharpe, DE, Syracuse

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Howard Smith-US Presswire

With the last pick in the draft for the Colts, the team can look to improve its pass defense. The Colts 29th ranked run defense shows that a change is necessary. Brandon Sharpe can easily help with the remodeling of the Colts defense. He has a knack for making big plays and led

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in sacks last year.