Indianapolis Colts Should Trade 1st Round Pick in NFL Draft for Victor Cruz

By Eric Smith
The Star-Ledger-USA TODAY Sports

The Indianapolis Colts have made some brilliant moves through free agency to where they’ve instantly become a Super Bowl contender. They’ve brought in seven guys and rebuilt this team to a possible dynasty.

They used the period to put a new look on the defense. The front office said after the season that was an area of concern and needed to be addressed going forward.

The defense is rebuilt now with the size and beef to play to their new 3-4 scheme. Five of the seven guys signed are on that side of the football with playmakers and depth.

They also addressed the other issue of offensive line. Indianapolis brought in Gosder Cherilus and Donald Thomas to beef up the right side of the line and give them immediate help.

With all of that being said, what should they do with their first round draft pick now?

Most experts had Indianapolis taking an offensive lineman, defensive lineman or cornerback with that pick. With addressing all of those needs through free agency, why not trade that pick for Victor Cruz?

The only other starting position open is the No. 2 wide receiver. Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill return, but the latter two aren’t outside receiving targets. Donnie Avery was that guy, but he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The top two receivers in the draft will be long gone by time the Colts pick at No. 24. Then, the drop off is pretty big where they don’t need to stretch to grab one with that pick. Their next pick is round three and there’s a couple of very good options at outside linebacker that will be available.

Then, with their fourth round pick a couple of cornerbacks will be around so they likely will go there. Without a fifth round pick, do they really want to draft their starting No. 2 receiver in the sixth round?

They’re not going to get what they need with that first pick and the New York Giants have put out there that all they want is a first round tender for Cruz.

Cruz, is 6-0, 204-pounds with good enough size and speed for this team. He has 168 career receptions for 2,628 yards and 19 touchdowns. He was a key member of the 2012 Super Bowl Champions season with earning second-team All Pro that year.

He also set a record in New York for the most receiving yards in a single-season.

Where else will you get a proven talent that good to bring in and start instantly? This would be the final piece of what could rival the Dallas Cowboys of the 90s, San Francisco 49ers of the 80s and the Pittsburgh Steelers of the 70s. Take that chance now rather than filling that need late in the draft.

All of the guys wrapped up are in Indianapolis for the next four years. How efficient will they be with drafting backups for the next three years? Think of the depth by doing that.

A dynasty is awaiting and Cruz is the final piece.

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