Indianapolis Colts: If Team Signs OL in Free Agency, Who Will they Draft in 1st Round?

By Eric Smith
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The NFL free agency period is right around the corner. Guys like Jake Long, Sebastian Vollmer and Duane Brown are mentioned as possible guys the Indianapolis Colts are looking at bringing in. Last year, the Colts allowed Andrew Luck to be sacked in every game and over 40 times during the season.

That’s too high for a franchise quarterback to be hit.

The Colts haven’t made it a secret that they’re going to look at getting an offensive lineman or two to come in and boost this team. They didn’t say though whether it will be in free agency or the draft.

If the Colts get a couple of guys through free agency, they should use their first pick of the NFL Draft on defense.

Anthony Castonzo and Samson Satele are the only two spots on the offensive line that are guaranteed. That means they can get two guards and a right tackle. If I were Ryan Grigson, I’d sign two of the guys mentioned above and go defense in the draft.

Drafting an offensive lineman is a huge risk. You don’t know what you’re going to get. Look how many busts the Colts drafted on the o-line in the 2000s that didn’t pan out. Why not grab two guys that are proven and strengthen your defense?

Right now if the Colts were on the clock and the draft goes to how it’s projected Indianapolis will likely have to chose from UCLA‘s Datone Jones or Ohio State‘s Johnathan Hankins.

Jones would be a very nice upgrade for the defensive line to start opposite of Cory Redding. The only problem with him is he’s not as beefy as you would like a defensive end to be in a 3-4. But, Jones played and thrived in the 3-4 last year at UCLA and moved himself up to be a first round pick.

He’s very fast and atheltic. Jones would wreak havoc on opposing team’s quarterback and be a huge upgrade.

Then there’s Hankins. He’s very big and beefy and is a big time run stopper in the middle. That’s something the Colts need as they never had a true defensive tackle in the 3-4 last year. They drafted Josh Chapman last season, but he was out all year with an injury.

Bringing in Hankins only adds depth at that spot as the Colts could go after Paul Kreuger to start opposite of Redding. Then they could use the late round pick and 2014 picks on younger defensive end spots.


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