By Joshua Wye on April 12, 2014
The Indianapolis Colts have had a very positive offseason with the signings of Arthur Jones, Hakeem Nicks, Phil Costa and D'Qwell Jackson, but they're still a far cry from having a complete roster. The Trent Richardson trade leaves them with the fewest picks in the draft, so finding late-round gems is crucial to filling the holes in the roster. These are five players who Ryan Grigson should consider on Day 3 of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Colvin was projected as an early-round selection before tearing his ACL at the Senior Bowl. Colvin has a tremendous amount of upside and can fill a need at corner for the Colts. He is a very smart and physical corner with great ma- to-man speed. He isn't afraid to mix it up and make impact plays in the running game. If he can recover from this injury, he can definitely fill a role for the Colts in 2014.
Warren is a 6-foot-2 safety from Jacksonville State. The big man is incredibly athletic (ran a 4.53 in the 40) and has is a great tackler with solid ball skills. The concern is that Warren has a small sample size against elite college teams, but in four career games against FBS schools, three of which were SEC teams, Warren compiled 22 tackles, a pass breakup and two fumble recoveries. He can fill a need at the safety position for the Colts.
Indianapolis did the right thing in cutting Samson Satele earlier this year. Now it is time to draft a guy who could compete with Khaled Holmes and Phil Costa for a starting position. Enter Tyler Larsen who should be available in the fifth or sixth round. Larsen is an experienced college player with proven toughness and durability. He held is own against Aaron Donald in the Senior Bowl and has upside late in the draft.
Barrett is a versatile defender at both the DE and OLB positions, something the Colts value. He recorded 20.5 tackles for a loss in 2013 while on his way to collecting MWC Defensive Player of the Year award. His length (especially his long arms) and motor in the pass-rushing game make him a draftable prospect. Game tape against Alabama shows him beating highly-rated prospect Cyrus Kouandijo for a sack.
Despite signing D'Qwell Jackson, the Colts still need depth at the linebacker position. Preston Brown would be a great addition to the roster in the fifth round. Brown has had a stellar career at Louisville. He has fantastic size and is a great tackler. His high football IQ sees him constantly making good reads against both the pass and rush. He would form quite the trio with Jerrell Freeman and Jackson.
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