My Turn: KingRichard's Mock Draft for the Colts

Since everyone and their mother is doing a mock draft I figured why the hell not.  I'm basing this on my own idea of who will actually be there when the Colts are up to pick.  Here goes nothing... 

Round 1: Eben Britton, OT, Arizona

The biggest question mark going into the 2009 season is how the o-line is going to perform.  One would think under Howard Mudd's tutelage guys like Mike Pollak, Jamey Richard, and Steve Justice (assuming he can stay healthy) will improve and provide sufficient depth on the line.  Thankfully Jeff Saturday was resigned so we don't have to worry about Peyton doing too much in terms of blocking assignments and the like.  The obvious weak spots are at the right tackle and right guard position.  I think with Jake Scott leaving in free agency last season exposed Diem showing us he isn't really starter worthy.  Combine that with the fact that Charlie Johnson was never intended to be a starter, and we've got some major liabilities on the line.  Lilja was injured all last season, and when he was healthy was a pretty good at guard, but no one knows how severe his injures are right now or whether he'll return to form in 2009.  I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that he won't return to form, and we should assume that he and Diem's days are numbered.  I'm totally fine with starting Pollak at RG (Lilja's position), Richard at LG (Johnson's position), and drafting Eben Britton to take the place of Diem at RT, therefore pushing Johnson back on the depth chart as depth and Lilja as well.  It might work.

Round 2: Rashad Jennings, RB, Liberty

Yeah yeah, I know, I've been fellating this guy weeks before the Senior Bowl, but for good reason.  With the o-line a concern but improving (hopefully), it would be a wise move to obtain a RB who can eek out some yards despite poor run blocking.  Rashad Jennings encompasses everything you want in a RB; he runs with power, has great hands, and is an excellent blocker.  He very well could be the replacement to Edge that Polian has been looking for.

Round 3: Vance Walker, DT, Georgia Tech

This may seem like a slight reach but I think it would be a solid pick.  Vance has been under the radar for a while now.  The knock on him is his size even though he is 6'2 304 lbs, but I think he'd fill in at the UT very nicely.  He possesses a nice burst off of the line and uses leverage quite well against bigger offensive lineman.  He's great in pursuit and along side Mookie they could do quite well against the run and pass.

Round 4 (2 picks): First pick in round 4 is Andre Brown, RB, NC State

Some of you may be scratching your head and asking yourself, "Why two running backs?"  Well, allow me to explain.  Andre Brown would be an insurance policy going into the 2010 season.  Unless Addai produces this season like he did in 2006, I wouldn't expect to see him return with the Colts.  I'm aware that they signed Lance Ball, but you can never have too many running backs.  Drafting Brown would force a competition between he, Lance Ball, and Jennings as the primary backup for 2009.  But given Addai's history of injuries, all 3 have a good chance of starting or at least receiving a good number of carries.  Needless to say, the Colts would have a pretty powerful backfield.

Second pick in round 4 is Dannell Ellerbe, ILB, Georgia

He's played all 3 LB positions, which is good considering the Colts need depth at every position.  I don't think he'd be able to break into the starting lineup as a rookie but he would bring some much needed depth.  He's got some good speed, and is great in coverage.  Overall a pretty underrated LB.

Round 5: Morgan Trent, CB, Michigan

He has good size at 6'1, is a good tackler, and is quick.  He excels in zone coverage as opposed to man and with his reach he has the ability to break up a lot of passes.  If Ratliff isn't resigned, he could fill in nicely at nickel over Jennings.  Although I wouldn't mind seeing Dante Hughes get some more playing time.  Regardless, Hughes and Trent is an upgrade over Jennings Ratliff.  So you can't go wrong.

Round 6: Daniel Holtzclaw, LB, Eastern Michigan

One of the most underrated players in the draft by far.  This guy is relentless and is a killer tackler.  He has an insane work ethic, has been injury free during his college career, and would be an utter steal in the 6th.  Some people have him ranked as a 7th round prospect, and others who actually paid attention to him have him as high as 4.  It's possible he'll get drafted earlier than 6, but if he is around by the time the Colts pick, they'd almost have to take him imo.

Round 7: Take your pick

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