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2014 NFL Draft: Indianapolis Colts’ Early Seven-Round Mock

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Indianapolis Colts' Seven-Round Mock

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Despite getting off to a 6-3 start to their 2013 campaign, it’s never too early for the Indianapolis Colts to start looking towards the offseason and the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft. Several spots on their roster could use an upgrade or extra depth, and there’s no better way to make the necessary adjustments than the draft.

Of those areas needing improvement, one of the biggest concerns is wide receiver. Throughout the 2013 campaign, injuries have been a big problem for the Colts. A season-ending injury to veteran Reggie Wayne was a shot to the heart of the team, and it’s clearly taking its toll on the passing game. Even with exciting youngster T.Y. Hilton aboard and a number of developing receivers waiting in the wings, adding a legitimate starter is still necessary moving forward.

The Colts still need help elsewhere, though. The offensive line has been a big issue, as the Colts can’t manage to keep sophomore quarterback Andrew Luck clean and upright. Making a move to upgrade the guard spot will be extremely important this offseason. Indianapolis could also use extra depth at defensive end and inside linebacker before the 2014 campaign gets under way.

Either way, the Colts need to make the most of their draft picks in May. The 2014 NFL Draft will offer Indianapolis an opportunity to keep their roster fresh while filling the few holes that have presented themselves through the first half of the 2013 season.

With that in mind, here’s a look at what the Colts could choose to do with their five current draft picks when the 2014 NFL Draft finally rolls around.

Note: The Colts traded an undisclosed 2014 pick to the St. Louis Rams for cornerback Josh Gordy, which could cost them one of the following picks.

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2nd Round: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU

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The injury to Wayne could mean the end of his NFL career, which would leave the Colts very thin at wide receiver. Especially with Darrius Heyward-Bey headed back to free agency this offseason, Hilton will be the only proven pass-catcher on the Indianapolis roster. Assuming that’s the case, picking up a receiver like Landry early would be a huge addition for their passing game. He’s quick, has tremendous hands and picks up big yards after the catch. Everything the Colts need in a No. 2 wide receiver.

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3rd Round: Anthony Steen, G, Alabama

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All season long, the Colts have been getting poor play up front from their guards. Both Hugh Thornton and Mike McGlynn have been pitiful, especially in pass protection. If Indianapolis wants to keep Luck intact moving forward, they need help at guard. Steen is an underrated prospect out of Alabama who is well-rounded as both a run and pass blocker. Using outstanding technique and smarts, Steen has all of the tools to get the job done for the Colts.

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5th Round: Max Bullough, ILB, Michigan State

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With numerous inside linebackers headed for free agency and underwhelming depth, the Colts could be forced to look towards the draft to give the position a boost. If Bullough is still available in the fifth round, they’d be getting quite the steal. The Michigan State product is an instinctive linebacker who flies to the football and does a great job of reading plays as they develop. On top of his run-stuffing abilities, he plays the pass well and has the leadership skills to be an effective field general in the NFL.

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6th Round: Tim Jackson, DE, North Carolina

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The Colts have gotten underwhelming play from their defensive line depth, which isn’t going to get any better this offseason with both Ricardo Matthews and Fili Moala headed for free agency. Assuming the Colts don’t upgrade via the open market, adding a late-rounder like Jackson would be an interesting move. Although lost in the shuffle of the NFL talent factory North Carolina has been as of late, Jackson is a versatile defensive lineman who seems to be a perfect fit for the Colts’ 3-4 defense.

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7th Round (via BAL): Ben Malena, RB, Texas A&M

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A bit small for an NFL offense at 5’8’’, 195 pounds, Malena might not even hear his name called on draft day. Still, the Colts need some depth behind bruiser Trent Richardson, especially since Donald Brown is set to be a free agent and likely won’t be re-signed. Malena is a back with outstanding quickness and versatility, proving to be a legitimate target out of the backfield over the last two seasons. If Malena works out well, he could convince a running back-needy team like the Colts to take a late-round flier.

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