Before I continue, I want to let everyone know that I do not possess the clairvoyant abilities of Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay. Thirty years since the move to Indianapolis have given the organization time to draft some big names, along with a handful of busts.
This list is for the five draft picks currently owned by the Colts. I will layout what I feel to be the best potential players that could be available during each pick, while still filling the needs of the organization.
After trading away their first round draft pick to obtain Trent Richards last season, the Colts first pick will not be until the 59th overall selection. Fortunately the depth of players in positions the Colts need to be looking at also lines up in favor of the team.
During his first two seasons, Andrew Luck has found himself being hit 78 times during the regular season and had defenders in his face a lot of times. Keeping this in mind, the team will probably be looking to grab some linemen during the draft. They’ll be looking to improve their interior line since their tackles do well enough to get the job done. While the offensive line is an issue, it is the lineup on the other side of the ball needs most of the help.
In the late second round teams look to take the best player left. The Colts might be fortunate enough for that player to be cornerback Marcus Robertson out of Florida, or offensive guard Gabe Jackson from Mississippi State. What I like most about Robertson is his physicality at the line pressing receivers and a rare talent for blanketing receivers. He is a hard working, aggressive player but can lack discipline at times. If they chose to beef up their line first and Jackson is free, I would be shocked if they pass on him. Jackson has great strength on contact and surprisingly light feet for his size.
The Colts’ third pick needs to bring in a high potential player since they will not have another pick until the 166th overall in the fifth round. With this pick the Colts should look at picking up a wide receiver. Although the team does have quality receivers in T.Y. Hilton, LeVon Brazil and the new pick up Hakeem Nicks, they need to look to a player such as Jarvis Landry from LSU. Landry is very aggressive when competing for the catch and near perfect route running. The wide receiver pool is fairly deep this year allowing this talent to fall to the third round. Another choice for Indianapolis is the Clemson guard Brandon Thomas. He’s strong enough to be good in pass protection and will become stronger once he bulks up more.
The fifth round is a pretty easy decision, Indianapolis needs a solid back up to Andrew Luck. With that being said, they need to look no further than Tahj Boyd out of Clemson. Boyd has great ball placement, a strong arm, and quick release. He’d also bring the threat of a wildcat offense with his mobility.
For the final two picks they can shift their attention to draft some help in the defensive backfield. Maybe a safety such as, Ahmad Dixon; he has the potential to be a steal of this year’s draft if the Colts can work on his technique. Marqueston Huff who made a strong impact as both corner and safety throughout his career at Wyoming would be a good fit as well. The senior bowl gave Huff a chance to show off his fluidity and has great coverage ability.