Colts Draft Board by Shake

When you have to wait 26 picks to make your first pick of the draft, it's hard to sort out all the possible scenarios. A draft board is the best way to collect my thoughts on a pick this far back in the draft.

I'm going to cheat a little and only rank RBs, WRs, OTs, DTs, LBs and CBs. If a player at another position drops far enough I'm sure Indy would grab the value, but it's a safe bet that Indy's 1st round pick will come at one of those six positions

Jump for the draft board that would be hanging in the war room if Indy had the misfortune of me GMing.

Tier 1: Consensus Top 5'ers
# Prospect Position College Comments
1 Aaron Curry OLB Wake Forest A top prospect coming out of the season who lit it up in workouts.
2 Jason Smith OT Baylor Top of a loaded Tackle Class
3 Eugene Monroe OT Virgina Virgina just keeps churning out elite LT prospects
4 Micheal Crabtree WR Texas Tech Do you really need a 40 time for a player that showed that much ability on the field?
Tier 2: Elite Prospects
5 Malcolm Jenkins CB Ohio State Jenkins' stock suffered from a slow 40, but guess who loves talented CB's without elite speed?
6 B.J. Raji DT Boston College Massive, but still quick and disruptive.
7 Micheal Oher OT Mississippi All the tools, but inconsistent. Slide Ugoh to RT and have the complete set.
8 Jeremy Maclin WR Missouri Has to adjust to a NFL style offense, but seems the best equipped of the top WRs to do so with the only Wonderlic score over 15 of the 1st round WRs (25)
9 Rey Maualuga LB USC Athletic run stopper. Not a guy in the Colts' mold, but he wouldn't not fit.
Tier 3: I WANT HIM! I WANT HIM! I WANT HIM! (and might get him)
10 Peria Jerry DT Mississippi I know Ziggy has gained a lot of converts, but Jerry is still the player I'm hoping for.
11 Evander "Ziggy" Hood DT Missouri Doesn't have Jerry's burst, but is significantly younger and could add weight, which Jerry likely can't
12 Hakeem Nicks WR UNC The weight bounce between the Combine and Pro Day is concerning, but he's reportedly cut most of it already.
13 Eben Britton OT Arizona The first OT who could realistically drop to Indy.
14 Knowshon Moreno RB Georgia Only first round back who can block, catch AND hold on to the football
Tier 4: Talented Character Risks
15 Vontae Davis CB Illinois Played in a cover 2, but has man coverage athleticism. Physical, hard hitter. Commitment and heart have been questioned.
16 Andre Smith OT Alabama

A mauling run blocker, who may or may not be quick enough to stay at LT. Weight and maturity issues.

Has breasts.

Tier 5: Great Player, Poor Fit
17 Brian Cushing LB USC A pass rusher and run stopper who was often pulled off the field when coverage was needed.
18 Percy Harvin WR Florida Colts WRs are accomplished route runners. Harvin is an athlete that needs to learn to run NFL routes.
19 Darius Heyward-Bey WR Maryland Bey shot up the boards with a blazing 40, but he's not a good route runner.
20 LeSean "Shady" McCoy RB Pittsburgh An excellent receiving back, talented and productive runner. Fumbling issues put him outside the Colts RB profile.
21 Sean Smith CB/FS Utah Big, physical DB who seems to have the athleticism to CB in the Pros. Unfortunately he's a great man CB, who has struggled in zone.
22 Chris Wells RB OSU Backs that can't block or catch don't have a place in Indy no matter how good they are at the other stuff.
Tier 6: Consolation Prizes
23 Kenny Britt WR Rutgers More potential than Nicks, but a less polished receiver. Nick's weight questions have closed up some of the risk gap between the two.
24 Phil Loadholt RT Oklahoma Might not be quick enough to pass protect even moving to the right side, but he's a dominating run blocker who was a college LT.
25 Duke Robinson G/RT Oklahoma Indy has a good number of guards, but Lilja is a question mark, Pollak isn't guaranteed to work out and Duke might be able to play RT.
26 James Laurinaitis LB OSU Limited ceiling, may not be athletic enough, Indy hasn't drafted LBs early since the Tampa-2 was installed.
27 Alphonso Smith CB Wake Forrest Good Zone corner, scouting reports eerily Tim Jennings-esque
28 Darius Butler CB UConn Another zone CB, bigger than Smith, but less athletic.
29 William Beatty OT UConn Some places put him at the back of the 1st OT tier, others have him as the start of the next step down.
30 D.J. Moore CB Vanderbilt More zone CBs

 

Remember I excluded all QBs, TEs, OGs, OCs, DEs and Safeties. Even without all those players (who are 10 of Mocking Dan's top 32) I managed to come up with 30 players who I would be somewhere between ecstatic and understanding of as Indy's first round pick.

The floor is now open for criticisms.

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