Who the Colts Should Draft? (Round by Round Analysis)
Round 1: Derek Sherrod - OT - Mississippi State
Bill Polian made it clear that he wants to fix up the offensive line. Last year's offensive line was one of the worst O-lines in NFL. With that being said, why not draft one of the best Offensive tackles in this year's draft. Charlie Johnson is definitely not an elite starting blind-side blocker, and it would be good to give this guy a shot. Throughout the last couple of years, it shows that a good blind-side blocker not only makes a difference in the passing game, but also in the running game. If given the chance, he will be a great starter and if you want to start by rebuilding the offensive line, you got to start with Derek Sherrod. Derek Sherrod is also considered to be the most NFL ready tackle in draft, and we could use a big impact immediately.
Round 2: Kenrick Ellis - DT - Hampton
Now let's go to the other side of the line: the defensive side. Drake Nevis is another possibility, but Ellis fits our system better. Kenrick Ellis is a big defensive tackle at 345 pounds, and specializes at run stopping. He could really be good with Dan Muir or Antonio Johnson. I really would like to have a big guy in there. I'm not saying he's like Suh, but look at the difference the Lions defense was with Suh. It shows how big a defensive tackle could be, and what impact he has on a team. A big guy could really help out run defense, and with Mathis and Freeney on the outside, I expect the team to do very well on the D-line if we make this pick.
Round 3: Marcus Gilchrist - CB - Clemson
We do have some depth in cornerback position, but our starters are somewhat weak. Kelvin Hayden could go at any time because of his big contract, and Jerraud Powers is not the greatest starter, but a better backup. Cornelius Brown and Kevin Thomas' spot on the team is in jeopardy, and this guy, in my opinion, is better than Jacob Lacey. He could either add depth, or be a very competent starter. It's a great pickup, and could be very useful on pass defense. He is very quick, but lacks in the tackling department, but time will fix that. It's a risk, but this kid has a ton of potential and that's what the Colts like.
Round 4:- John Moffit - OG - Wisconsin
The Colts aren't exactly looking for a starter, because if we pick a tackle in either of the first 2 rounds, the Colts will probably move Charlie Johnson to left guard. If Charlie does move, that leaves Pollak and Devan fighting for that right guard spot, with only Richard to back up Johnson. There has also been a lot of speculation that the Colts might move big guard Jacques McClendon to the center spot, to back up Jeff Saturday. If there's an injury in our offensive line, it will be good to have a guy like Moffit jump in there. He has experience and he is a pretty big guy. I think that this could be a good pick to add some depth to the guard spot.
Round 5: Greg McElroy - QB - Alabama
With Peyton Manning turning 35 in March, it's time to start developing some good backups, and why not start with McElroy. Greg McElroy scored a 48 (out of 50) on the Wonderlic, which is a near perfect score. With that being said, Peyton Manning will have a much easier time teaching this guy all the plays. I believe that being very smart can take you a long way, because he can learn a lot of plays, and even though he's not the greatest quarterback, but he'll have around 5-7 years to fix that with some of the best in the business with Ron Turner, Clyde Christenson and Jim Caldwell. Some of his college stats are: 5691 yards, 39 touchdowns, only 10 interceptions, and 66% completion percentage.
Round 6: Ronald Johnson - WR - USC
After having a horrendous year returning kicks, it's time for the Colts to find a good, reliable returner. Johnson is a very underrated kick returner, because of his underrated speed and his ability to return kicks to the house. He has 1 punt return for a touchdown, and does not return kicks, but if given the opportunity he will. This shows that he can also be our starting kick returner on top of being our starting punt returner. The really scary thing about Ronald is that he is a very good receiver on top of being a great returner. His stats are as follows: in 4 years (1 as starter, 2 as backup, 1 mostly because of injuries) he has 138 catches for 1750 yards, with 20 touchdowns. His best year was by far last year with 64 catches for 692 yards with a whooping 8 touchdowns. I believe that he will slide until the 6th round and it would be a great addition if the Colts draft him.
Colts trade their pick to the Redskins.