Grading the Indianapolis Colts’ 2014 Draft Picks

Grading the Indianapolis Colts' 2014 Draft Picks

Indianapolis Colts 2014 NFL Draft
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The Indianapolis Colts entered the 2014 NFL Draft with just five selections. With only a few picks and several areas of need, including safety, cornerback and offensive guard, general manager Ryan Grigson had increased pressure to deliver on each selection. It is impossible to grade how good these players will be, but here is a look at the value Grigson and the Colts got with each one of their picks.

Second-Round (59th overall)- Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State

Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State
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Second-Round (59th overall)- Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State

Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State
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The interior of the Colts' offensive line was weak last season. Drafting Jack Mewhort will help strengthen this unit and keep Andrew Luck upright. Mewhort played left tackle in college, but he will likely play guard for Indianapolis. Although he is not an elite prospect, Mewhort is a big-bodied, experienced lineman who should be able to compete for a starting spot right away.

Grade: B

Third-Round (90th overall)- Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss

Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
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Third-Round (90th overall)- Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss

Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
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The Colts' offense sputtered after wide receiver Reggie Wayne injured his knee last season. To add more depth and talent to their wide receiving corps, Indianapolis selected Donte Moncrief in the third round. Moncrief was an absolute steal at the end of the third round. He has tremendous size and speed that should translate in the pros. If he can improve his technique, he will be a dangerous weapon for Andrew Luck.

Grade: A-

Fifth-Round (166th overall)- Jonathan Newsome, DE/OLB, Ball State

Jonathan Newsome, DE, Ball State
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Fifth-Round (166th overall)- Jonathan Newsome, DE/OLB, Ball State

Jonathan Newsome, DE, Ball State
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Indianapolis went with a pass-rusher in the fifth round, selecting Jonathan Newsome. Newsome played defensive end in college, but he will likely be a rush-linebacker in the Colts' 3-4 scheme. While Newsome could turn out to be a solid pro, the Colts had yet to address their secondary at this point in the draft. There were several quality corners and safeties still available who the Colts should have taken over Newsome.

Grade: C-

Sixth-Round (203rd overall)- Andrew Jackson, ILB, Western Kentucky

Andrew Jackson, ILB, Western Kentucky
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Sixth-Round (203rd overall)- Andrew Jackson, ILB, Western Kentucky

Andrew Jackson, ILB, Western Kentucky
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Andrew Jackson is a run-stuffing inside linebacker who should be able to contribute to the Colts on special teams and as a rotational player. Still, the Colts did not need to draft an inside linebacker. In the sixth round, teams are hoping that whoever they draft can eventually become an impact player. Indianapolis should have used this pick to take a corner or safety who could develop into a starter down the road.

Grade: C-

Seventh-Round (232nd overall)- Ulrick John, OT, Georgia State

Ulrick John, OT, Georgia State
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Seventh-Round (232nd overall)- Ulrick John, OT, Georgia State

Ulrick John, OT, Georgia State
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GM Ryan Grigson selected offensive tackle Ulrick John with the Colts' final selection. John is a project at tackle, but the Colts hope his athleticism will help him succeed on the next level. In the seventh round, drafting a raw player like John is a perfectly acceptable move. With this pick, Indianapolis added more depth to their offensive line which is always a wise move.

Grade: B-

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