X

Have feedback / suggestions? Let us know!

NFL Indianapolis Colts

Predicting the Impact of Every Indianapolis Colts 2014 Draft Pick

1 of 11

Predicting the Impact of Every Indianapolis Colts 2014 Draft Pick

Donte Moncrief
John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The Indianapolis Colts' 2014 NFL Draft was a bit uneventful compared to most teams. After shipping away a first-round pick for Trent Richardson last September, the Colts only had five picks to work with in what was considered the deepest class in recent memory. Thus, the five players Indianapolis acquired must produce. Let's predict the impact each new addition will have.

Jack Mewhort, OG/OT (Second Round)

Jack Mewhort
Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Jack Mewhort, OG/OT (Second Round)

Jack Mewhort
Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

The Colts looked to bolster their offensive line with their first pick of the draft, nabbing Ohio State tackle Jack Mewhort in the second round. Mewhort projects to kick inside in Indianapolis. At guard, he has the intelligence and toughness to become a Week 1 starter and hold down that role for years. He doesn't appear to possesses the explosive traits necessary to ever emerge as much better than average, however.

Ruling: Average starter

Donte Moncrief, WR (Third Round)

Donte Moncrief
Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Donte Moncrief, WR (Third Round)

Donte Moncrief
Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Acquiring Donte Moncrief in the second round was more about the future than the present, as Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks are currently slated for free agency in 2015. Although he has an enticing combination of size and speed, Moncrief is likely too raw to contribute much this fall. As for the future, he's a boom-or-bust talent with the ceiling of a productive No. 1 and the floor of an underachieving backup.

Ruling: Bust

Jonathan Newsome, DE (Fifth Round)

Jonathan Newsome
Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

Jonathan Newsome, DE (Fifth Round)

Jonathan Newsome
Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

In-state produce Jonathan Newsome of Ball State displayed enough potential as an edge rusher at the collegiate level to prompt the Colts in the fifth round. With development, Newsome could become a productive situational pass rusher in time, but he's likely too one-dimensional to surface as a starting-caliber option. Making a living on special teams must be Newsome's objective as a rookie.

Ruling: Quality backup

Andrew Jackson, ILB (Sixth Round)

Andrew Jackson
Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Jackson, ILB (Sixth Round)

Andrew Jackson
Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Sixth-round pick Andrew Jackson has the potential to be more than just a roster-fringe linebacker who contributes on special teams. While that might be Jackson's fate as a rookie, he's stout enough against the run to eventually earn a significant role on early downs. Jackson is limited in space, but when protected, like he should be in Indianapolis' 3-4 front, he can at least be serviceable.

Ruling: Quality backup

Ulrick John, OT (Seventh Round)

Ulrick John
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Ulrick John, OT (Seventh Round)

Ulrick John
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Colts concluded the draft by snagging a left tackle to develop in Georgia State's Ulrick John. An athletic lineman with some nastiness, John isn't short on potential, but needs to bulk up this summer if he hopes to challenge for a roster spot. The practice squad is a probable destination for John in his first season.

Ruling: Practice squad