NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: A general view of the Draft stage during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Over the weekend, SB Nation's NFL draft blog, Mocking The Draft, hosted another marathon seven round mock, complete with trades and the signing of rookie free agents.
Sheesh. And I thought doing a first round mock was tough.
The event was managed by MtD's seton hall and steelers, and Stampede Blue reader TrueBlue87 was the Colts representative. TrueBlue did a write-up on his draft selections, and I recommend going there and offering your opinions. He deserves a ton of praise for working on this event event while and the organizers at MtD deserve a stiff drink and a cigar.
We also have longtime reader oldecoltsfan offering version 3.0 of his mock draft. It is recommended viewing as well.
After the jump, a few comments on the mocks.
- Both mocks selected Andrew Luck No. 1 overall, which is expected. Luck will be the first pick.
- The Colts have so many avenues to go down with the No. 34 pick. TrueBlue went with Coby Fleener, which I cannot disagree with because I went with Fleener in the 2012 SB Nation Writers Mock Draft. The oldecoltsfan mock went with strong safety Harrison Smith from Notre Dame, which is a very interesting selection. I disagree with the selection, but I agree with the rationalization: " is a quality backup and excellent special teams ace who also provides leadership and experience in Pagano's defense. However, we need a true starting caliber strong safety to allow Bethea to play center field and make big plays. Mike Mayock really has taken to this kid, and so have I."
- For me personally, nose tackle is a position the Colts must fill in rounds two or three. Anything later, you risk getting nothing at all. A lot is made of teams finding "the best player available," but I can tell you right now most teams factor "need" into that equation. It's not just "best player available regardless of position and what our team is lacking."
- TrueBlue seemed to take a lot of heat for, effectively, trade Josh Chapman to Pittsburgh. For the briefest of moments, TrueBlue knew what it was like to be Dolphins G.M. Jeff Ireland.
- I like the Asa Jackson pick in round five of TrueBlue's mock. Interesting prospect.
- Getting Orson Charles in round three would be a nice little steal for Indy. It might be a good reason for passing on Fleener even if he is there at No. 34.
Finally, my ideal five round mock draft (because I'm not intelligent enough to do a seven rounder like these two guys) using players available in Walter Football's most recent mock:
1: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
2: Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
3: Alameda Ta'amu, NT, Washington
4: Chase Minnifield, CB-KR, Virigina
5: Dan Herron, RB, OSU
5: Gino Gradkowski, OC, Delaware