By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on May 12, 2014
By most accounts, it was an unsuccessful 2014 NFL Draft for the Indianapolis Colts. But the team's poor grades in the draft are mostly due to a lack of picks. The Colts actually did end up with some good players, and here is a ranking of how each pick stacks up against the other.
Jackson's a nice player who plays with a lot of intensity and will get the most out of his talent, but the Colts are in good shape at linebacker and could have addressed more pressing concerns with this pick. Jackson is also a player who may have been available after the draft to sign as a free agent.
Newsome isn't a particularly impressive prospect, and he's another guy who could have been signed after the draft. But the Colts could use another body along the defensive line, so in that sense he's worth taking even though Round 5 may have been a little early.
Ulrick John is largely unknown, but even though he comes from a small school he has potential to play at the next level. The Colts need all the help on the offensive line that they can get, so taking a chance on a lineman in Round 7 is a good move.
Offensive line was Indy's biggest need heading into the draft, and they did well to address the first chance they got. Mewhort isn't an elite athlete player, but he has the size and strength to handle right tackle, where he'll be a nice complement to Anthony Castonzo on the left side.
If he had stayed in college another year, Moncrief could have been a first or early second-round pick next year, so there's a ton of value taking him in Round 3. With Reggie Wayne getting old and coming off an injury, the Colts need to get younger at wide receiver. And with Hakeem Nicks also joining the Colts in free agency, they have a formidable group of receivers which should make Andrew Luck a happy quarterback.
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