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Ranking Indianapolis Colts’ Top 5 Needs in the 2014 NFL Draft

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2014 NFL Draft Ranking the Indianapolis Colts’ Top 5 Needs

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I'm very interested to see which direction the Indianapolis Colts go in the draft this year. They have a really good young base of talent to build around, but putting together a group of talented young players is the easy part. Finding the right ways to augment that talent through the draft and free agency is the key to getting over the hump from a fun, upstart team to a real championship contender.

They have plenty of money to spend in free agency, so some of these needs they may choose to take care of by bringing in a veteran who can produce right away. That is always the more costly way to plug a hole, but with a team that has the foundation to win right away it might be too much to wait for a draft pick to develop.

Then again, the Colts want to contend for years to come, not just sell out for a short-term run. That means drafting at key positions so they can build the best team possible. The draft is a great way to get younger and more athletic, but for a team that is already young and athletic you never know exactly where to inject those new players.

The Colts have plenty of expectations heading into next year. They aren't going to sneak up on anyone anymore, but that can be a good thing. It’s time for this young team to start acting like a championship contender, and that all starts with them filling these five needs needs.

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5. Safety

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The Colts hope that LaRon Landry can have a more consistent season in 2014 than he did in 2013. Even if he is the strong safety they thought they were getting when they signed him last year, they still need someone to play free safety next to him. Landry all too often goes for the big play and leaves himself out of position. A true free safety, one who is good at keeping the big play in front of him, would be the perfect match for Landry.

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4. Running Back

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The Colts could spend a later-round draft pick on a running back this year. The Trent Richardson experiment looks like a bust, and they need someone who can help quarterback Andrew Luck makes plays in the offense. A smaller, quicker kind of back that Luck can use in the passing game would really take the Colts offense to the next level.

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3. Offensive Line

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The Colts need to get better up front this offseason, especially on the interior of the offensive line. Quality guards and centers can be found in the middle rounds, and I would expect Indy to go offensive line at that point.

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2. Linebacker

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The Colts are now a few years into their experiment with the 3-4 defense. They've had mixed results with the defense, mostly because they haven't had the kind of playmaking linebackers that you need to for the scheme to really work. Until they do, they will need to use draft pick after draft pick to find a core group of young linebackers.

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1. Wide Receiver

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The most glaring need for the Colts in the draft this year is to find a prototypical outside receiver for Luck to throw to. They already have a group of talented underneath slot types, now they need a bigger guy who can draw defensive attention to the outside and make plays in the red zone.