As we always do, when our buddy Brian Galliford posts an updated mock draft, we highlight it here. Since Brian started doing these mocks, back in late January, we've gotten the sense that he is trying to tell us something. Not sure what that something is, except that maybe, just maybe, the Colts should take a tackle in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
22. Indianapolis Colts: Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State. There is lingering injury concern with Paea, but he's the type of defensive tackle that the Colts have been seeking for years - a polished prospect with the functional strength to stuff the run and the athleticism to be a versatile pass rusher.
Since he began updating his weekly mock draft, Gailliford has had Indy taking Nate Solder, Derek Sherrod, and Corey Liugert, just to name a few. Now, we're back to Oregon St.'s Stephen Paea, who was Brian's choice for Indy back in January.
Not once has Brian had Indy not select someone who wasn't a lineman. With speed rushers like Brooks Reed and corners like Aaron Williams still on the board, Brian still insists that Indy will go tackle in round one; something the Colts have never done since Bill Polian came to Indy in 1998.