First, let me state that I think there is no doubt that the Colts will try and get a LT in free agency. Whether that means Doug Free (Dallas), Jared Gaither (BAL), Tyson Clabo (ATL), Jermon Bushrod (NO), or Matt Light (NE) one of them will be in a Colts uniform next year. Polian has already stated that he didn't believe any offensive lineman would be drafted and come right in and start. You have also seen that they have given most rookies red-shirt years like McClendon and Hughes unless injuries force them to use a rookie. So, I don't believe we will draft an offensive lineman in the first round.
Round 1 - (Trade down - gaining a 3rd and 5th) I still believe that Polian will trade down into the late 1st or early 2nd and still get a quality player. Stephen Paea - DT from Oregon St. - Paea is explosive and never takes a play off. He has a great burst off the line and plays a position where the Colts desperately need an impact player. He is to small for some systems but fits our system perfect. If Paea is gone, I would still go DT and take Jurrell Casey - DT from USC or Drake Nevis from LSU.
Round 2 - Titus Young - WR from Boise State. Even Mike Chappell today stated that he wouldn't be surprised if the Colts drafted a WR in the first round. I think this is an obvious pick. Reggie Wayne is in the last year of his contract and the uncertainity of Austin Collie and Anthony Gonzalez makes this a no brainer. Young is not only a good WR but is a fantastic KR. He has also been compared to DeSean Jackson. I personally wouldn't mind a DeSean Jackson on this team.
Round 3 - Tyler Sash - S from Iowa. This guy can flat out play. Good in coverage and has the ability to come up to the line and help in run support. Great tackler. Even if we resign Bullitt, I think we release Sanders and draft this guy to compete with Bullitt and whoever doesn't win give us great depth and special teams help.
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2nd Round 3 (from trade) - Mason Foster - LB from Washington. Foster has been compared to Clint Sessions and the Colts need depth at the position if Sessions is not resigned. Foster is great in run support and does a good job in pass coverage. I think he will need additional work in pass coverage, but will add great depth and also give us another great special teams player.
Round 4 - Bial Powell - RB from Louisville. I know I'm going to get ripped for taking a RB here but I think it makes sense. Let's say we resign Addai, the shelf life for a running back is not great and Addai and Hart already have injury problems. I say you have to draft someone like Powell who is a great runner and pass catcher and does a good job blocking. It gives us insurance in case Brown doesn't progress and gives competition to Hart for third down back.
Round 5 - Caleb Schauderaff - G from Utah. While the Colts showed interest in him at the East/West Shrine game, Caleb seems to show everything the Colts look for in an offensive lineman. He's a smart player on and off the field, good character, and was a third team All-American player who has some nastiness to his game.
Round 5 - Nathan Enderle - QB from Idaho. This is more of a wishful pick because I think the Colts are stubborn with Painter now and seemed bent on developing him. At 6'4" and 240 lbs, Enderle has the size and arm strength to develop into a good backup for Manning. With Manning getting older I think you have to be a little more proactive in finding someone who can actually lead your team in case of injury. If nothing else, put him on the practice squad and let him develop. A good gamble at this point in the draft.
Round 6 - No pick. Possible pick for Justin Tryon.
Round 7 - Jalil Brown - CB from Colorado. Good player who seems to remind me of Powers when he plays. Not great in any specific area but seems to always be around the ball and does well in run support. Could be a practice squad player but could develop into a good nickel back and special teams player.