Indianapolis Colts 7-Round Mock Draft: Post-Combine Edition
Indianapolis Colts 7 Round Mock Draft Post Combine Edition
The Indianapolis Colts are looking at the 2014 NFL draft as a way to augment the talent they already have. One of the best young teams in the league, they have the foundation of a team that can compete for titles for years to come. Now, they’re in the enviable position of finding spot starters who can fill roles and make them even better.
Of course, that foundation all begins with franchise quarterback Andrew Luck. One of the best, if not already the best, young signal callers in the game, Luck has what it takes to get the Colts to a title sooner rather than later. But, he can’t do it all by himself, and Indy is looking for ways to get him some weapons in the draft this year.
Wide receiver is the most glaring positional need for the Colts, but I think they might look at taking a running back too, especially in the later rounds. This team begins and ends with the offense, and Luck needs more playmakers to get the ball too.
Other needs for the Colts are to sure up the interior of the offensive line and to upgrade the talent and depth on the defense. There is room on the team for a good linebacker and a nickel cornerback.
Drafting well is always important, but when you’re trying to get over the hump from a good team to a championship-caliber team, hitting on cheap draft picks is key.
Indianapolis may not have a first-round pick this year, but with these selections they can have a draft class that will make them an even better team going forward.
Round 2 (27, 59 Overall) - Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
Allen Robinson was once thought of as a late first-round kind of guy. But, after a lackluster combine, he's likely to fall into the second. Without a first-round pick, the Colts can take Robinson and hope they can get a first-round talent out of their second-round pick. He has the kind of size they need at wideout and would be a great understudy for Reggie Wayne.
Round 3 (26, 90 Overall) - Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford
Shayne Skov is one of my favorite mid-round picks this year. A leader with great intangibles, he has always exceeded expectations. He might not be the fastest guy on the field, certainly isn't the most athletic, but he finds ways to make plays and that's what you want out of a third-round pick.
Round 5 (26, 154 Overall) - Gabe Ikard, C/G, Oklahoma
The Colts need to get better on the interior of the offensive line, and Gabe Ikard would come in and compete for a spot right away. A versatile lineman who started a whopping 50 of 52 career games at Oklahoma, he makes up for his lack of size and strength with an overwhelming motor and work ethic.
Round 6 (27, 187 Overall) - L'Damian Washington, WR, Missouri
Sometimes in the later rounds you can afford to swing for the fences on a guy who has raw talents, but hasn't shown the ability to put them all together. Wide receiver L'Damian Washington is big and fast, but can struggle to catch the ball and needs a lot of work on his route running. He's a project, but he has the skills you need to be an elite NFL receiver.
Round 7 (17, 209 Overall) - Carrington Byndom, CB, Texas
This late in the draft I'm looking for either someone with at least one elite skill, or a guy that was productive in college but scouts don't think projects well at the next level. Former Texas corner Carrington Byndom is both. A fluid corner with excellent ball skills, he could compete for playing time as a nickel corner and special teamer.