When it comes to the 2012 NFL Draft for the Colts, I don't think there is any other position where the Colts really need to stockpile talent than at Cornerback. With the league going more and more pass-happy, teams absolutely must have big-time corners to be successful, and the best way to get a bunch of talent is through the draft.
This is especially true for the Colts this year with the switch from the Tampa-2 Defense we've seen over the past decade or so, to one that will most likely emphasize more man-to-man principles, as that is what Head Coach Chuck Pagano ran in Baltimore. The switch won't be able to happen over night, as the Colts can't just cut bait with every corner on the roster, but they were drafted to play in a certain scheme, and may only be able to play in that one scheme, meaning the Colts could really be struggling for CB depth this year.
With that being said, I'm starting my Combine previews with the Cornerback position because it is both the most important defensively (I think QB is technically most important overall), and it has the longest list of names to look at, 18 in all. I went through and picked out who others felt would best fit into a more man coverage role, rather than one in a Cover 2, and I didn't care about talent level, as the Colts have picks in later rounds, and I think there will be some value in this group of guys late.
After the jump I'll show you the entire group of guys and point out a couple that might have a dual purpose with the Colts.
List of Cornerbacks to watch at the Scouting Combine for the Colts:
|R J BLANTON||NOTRE DAME||DB05|
|OMAR BOLDEN||ARIZONA ST||DB06|
|*||STEPHON GILMORE||SOUTH CAROLINA||DB16|
|MIKE HARRIS||FLORIDA ST||DB19|
|ACE JACKSON||CAL POLY ST||DB25|
|LEONARD JOHNSON||IOWA ST||DB28|
|J J JONES||WAYNE ST-MI||DB30|
|CHAZ POWELL||PENN ST||DB43|
|*||JOSH ROBINSON||CENTRAL FLORIDA||DB49|
Three of these guys were also kick/punt returners in college, which is something we've constantly been clamoring for around these parts, but Bill Polian had no interest in them. These three guys are:
We'll talk more specifically about each of these guys in their individual profile, but I wanted to make note that these guys might get looked at a little higher than normal because of their special teams ability.
Who am I missing? Is there a guy from your favorite college that we should take a look at?