2011 NFL Draft: Players On The Rise After All-Star Games

PASADENA CA - OCTOBER 02: Andrew Abbott #26 of the UCLA Bruins jumps onto the shoulders of teammate David Carter #85 after Carter's sack of Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel during the fourth quarter at the Rose Bowl on October 2 2010 in Pasadena California. UCLA defeated Washington State 42-28. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Our friend Wes Bunting at National Football Post put together a list of players that improved their draft stock after the  East-West Shrine, NFLPA, and Senior Bowl college All-Star games. A few players we Colts fans should take notice of:

DL David Carter: UCLA
Watching the first-year starter on junior tape and early in the year you saw a guy with a long frame and some natural get off for his size. However, he really came a long way as the season went on. And at the East-West Shrine his game really seemed to be coming together, as he exhibited good initial explosion off the snap, was sudden laterally and used his length well to disengage from blocks inside. Plus, despite being a bit narrow framed, has the body type to add even more weight and potentially kick out as a five-technique in the NFL. However, as of now looks like an intriguing mid-late round three-technique with some potential versatility.

More after the jump...

OG Danny Watkins: Baylor
Watkins was another guy who had his "media" coming out party. After dominating the Big 12 this past year at left tackle, the 26-year-old Canadian kicked inside to guard and proved he had the base strength and lateral agility to anchor and mirror through contact. His hand placement was a bit poor at times, which can be expected for a guy who hasn’t taken many reps at guard. However, for the most part he was downright dominant and even despite his age, I could see the guy get a real hard look late in the first round.

Check out the whole article for more players the Colts could be interested in.

For Wes' Mock Draft, he has the Colts taking USC tackle Tyron Smith with the 22nd pick in the first round.

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