By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on April 22, 2014
After trading away their first round pick for Trent Richardson last season, the Indianapolis Colts are left with only five selections in the 2014 NFL Draft and they won’t pick until late in Round 2 unless they trade up. With several pressing needs to address and only five picks, here is a mock draft of what the Colts should do in the 2014 NFL Draft.
The Colts need a lot of help in the secondary, and after waiting well into Day 2 to make their first selection, they have to take the best cornerback available in Gaines. He has good size and the skills to develop into a solid NFL corner.
After losing Antoine Bethea in free agency, Indianapolis has a big hole to fill at safety. This is a weak class at strong safety, so if Bucannon is available for them in the 3rd round, there's no way that the Colts can afford to pass on him.
The Colts have had all kinds of trouble protecting Andrew Luck the past two seasons, but considering the shape of their secondary they have to wait until Day 3 to address the offensive line. That being said, Halapio is a solid pickup. He played a lot of football for Florida and faced a high level of competition on a weekly basis, making him a good value pick in Round 5.
There's no such thing as having too many pass rushers, and with Shembo the Colts decide add another player to their defense who brings speed off the edge.
The Colts can't go wrong by adding more depth to their secondary, and while not an elite prospect, Hal is a solid player who was a big part of Vanderbilt's turnaround the past few seasons. Hal will give Indianapolis some depth at cornerback, and he may be able to play some safety as well, so there's good value taking him in the 7th round.
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