Every single NFL draft provides a myriad of what ifs. What if the Colts had not drafted Andrew Luck, what if one of 29 other teams drafted Tom Brady, or what if the Raiders did not draft JaMarcus Russell? The Colts over the years have had some home-run picks such as Luck and T.Y. Hilton, and some misses such as Björn Werner and Phillip Dorsett. How could the Colts have done better?
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2014 NFL Draft
Round two pick 59: Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State
Redraft selection: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
Although Mewhort has been very good for the Colts over his career, injuries have held him back. Landry and Hilton would be a combo of Pro Bowl receivers which defenses would struggle to defend. Along with Hilton, the Colts’ receiving corps consisted of veterans Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks.
Round three pick 90: Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
Redraft selection: Trai Turner, G, LSU
The Colts get their fix at right guard in the second round with the Turner, a pro bowl guard. Turner struggles when he played at tackle, but would not have to on the Colts.
Round five pick 166: Jonathan Newsome, DE, Ball State
Redraft selection: Devon Kennard, OLB, USC
Kennard provides solid depth at the linebacker position, and much needed youth. The Colts outside backers included the aging Erik Walden and Robert Mathis. Kennard has started 24 games for the Giants in his career.
Round five pick 203: Andrew Jackson, LB, Western Kentucky
Redraft Selection: Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson
The Colts needed to address the backup quarterback spot, as their backup was the shell of Matt Hasselbeck. Boyd had a very good career at Clemson; maybe the Colts could develop into a decent player.
Round seven pick 232: Ulrick John, OT, Georgia State
Redraft selection: Terrence Fede, DE, Marist
Fede provides good value in the seventh round, as he has played in 35 games for the Dolphins in three years, and made 23 tackles. His 6’5″. 269 pound frame could allow him to be a solid rusher.