By Joshua Wye on April 14, 2014
The Colts will go into the 2014 NFL Draft with some obvious holes that must be addressed. Unfortunately, the Trent Richardson trade leaves them with only five draft picks. Grigson and the team must pick very wisely with what they have as they look to find a replacement for Antoine Bethea and Samson Satele. Depth is also needed in the secondary, pass rush and wide receiver positions. These are the results of a recent mock draft.
In this round the Colts must address their defense. Many will want the Colts to take advantage of one of elite wide receivers in the draft falling to No. 59, but with the WR position so deep, that can be addressed later. Don't be surprised if Ryan Grigson trades up to target Jimmie Ward or Calvin Pryor. If he can't pull that off, the incredibly athletic Terrence Brooks would serve as a great replacement for the departed Antoine Bethea.
Despite re-signing Vontae Davis during free agency and bringing in Greg Toler last season, the Colts still need some much-needed help and depth at the corner position. Toler has trouble staying healthy and Cassius Vaughn has just signed a new deal with the Detroit Lions. Utah's Keith McGill stands at 6-foot-3 and is in that Richard Sherman mold. He would give the Colts' pass defense some much-needed size and skill.
The Colts could turn to the national champions again by selecting center Bryan Stork. After correctly releasing Samson Satele, the Colts still have question marks at the center position despite the signing of Phil Costa. Stork has great size and is a great bump-and-steer blocker. Offensive line coach Joe Gilbert welcomes competition, and Stork would like his chances against Costa and Khaled Holmes.
The addition of Hakeem Nicks can be one of the best signings of 2014, but if he plays like he did in 2013, it could also be one of the worst. When 2015 rolls around, Reggie Wayne, Da'Rick Rogers, Nicks and Griff Whalen all become free agents. The Colts can take advantage of a deep WR class and draft a player to groom. Jalen Saunders is a great deep threat guy with incredible speed and awareness. He can fill a role in the return game in 2014.
Shaquil Barrett is one the most underrated pass rushing prospects in the draft and at pick 232, he would be an absolute steal. His versatility at DE and OLB makes him a Colts type of player. His game against elite OT prospect Cyrus Kouandjio is impressive. He could come into training camp with a legitimate chance of beating out Walden and Werner for a starting spot. At worst, he plays rotations on the defensive line.
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