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New Draft Outlook

Free Agency has changed many of the Colts needs. After the signings of OT Gosder Cherilus, OG Donald Thomas, S LaRon Landry, and OLB Erik Walden, some big needs have been filled, and therfore not necessary to go after in the draft. Many Colts draft scouts were looking at Jonathan Cyprien or Matt Elam at 24 overall, but after the signing of LaRon Landry, that has changed. Also, many were looking at drafting someone like RT DJ Fluker or maybe Kyle Long, but after the signings of Cherilus and Thomas, it seems unlikely the Colts will target an O-Lineman in round one. OLB could still be considered a need, even after the Walden signing, but that is definitely a filled gap. The Colts could still fill some needs in Free Agency (like Ricky Jean-Francois), but now we are looking at the draft for answers. First, here's a quick look at our depth chart:

Offense: QB- Andrew Luck; RB- Vick Ballard; WR's- Reggie Wayne, TY Hilton, and LaVon Brazill; TE's- Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen; LT- Anthony Castonzo; RT- Gosder Cherilus; LG- Donald Thomas; RG- Joe Reitz; C- Samson Satele.

Defense: DE's- Cory Redding and Fili Moala; NT- Josh Chapman (possibly Jean-Francois); ROLB- Robert Mathis; SOLB- Erik Walden/Jerry Hughes; ILB's- Kavell Conner and Jarrell Freeman (Pat Angerer); FS- Antoine Bethea; SS- LaRon Landry; CB's- Vontae Davis, Greg Toler, Darius Butler, and Cassius Vaughn.

Offensive Needs:

WR, C, OG depth. Reggie Wayne is getting old, TY Hilton is not a number one nor is he a number two wide receiver, and LaVon Brazill is not very good. 3rd round is probably the best option for the Colts when it comes to WR. When it comes to the center position, Samson Satele is not good. There is no reason to go in the first round for a center, but Barrett Jones could be there in the 3rd. I don't think we should draft a guard early.

Defensive Needs:

OLB, CB, DE, and NT (maybe). OLB is probably the biggest need. Robert Mathis won't be here for long, and Erik Walden may not turn out. I think it's an important position in a 3-4 scheme, and considering our current OLB situation, I'd say that it's our biggest need. CB is also a need. I know we just signed Toler to a big deal, and Davis is solid where he is, but that doesn't mean there's no room for improvement. DE is also a big need. We do have a lot of depth at DE, but we don't have a stud player by any means. I could see us drafting a DE this year. NT is a big need if we don't sign Jean-Francois.

My take on the draft:

We have five picks: 1, 3, 4, 6, and 7- round picks. I don't think we'll go offense in round one, even if Keenan Allen slides. Our big disaster last year was the defense. Although Grigson helped patch it up in Free Agency, I think we'll still go defense. I like Dion Jordan and Jarvis Jones as OLB's, but neither will slide. I also like some DE's in the first round (Bjoern Werner and Ezekiel Ansah), but I doubt either will slide as well. This is what I think we will do at 24- CB. It's a deep class for corners- Dee Milliner, Desmond Trufant, Xavier Rhodes, Johnthan Banks and Jordan Poyer, but I don't think any of the top 3 will be there. However, Banks and Poyer are could be. Johnthan Banks is a big playmaker with excellent size. He played at Mississippi State racking up 16 career interceptions. Jordan Poyer is an undersized corner who could make you doubt his talent at first sight, but he is extremely physical with great instincts. He also has great ball skills and plenty of experience in zone coverage. I could see the Colts going either way. The rest of the picks would be between WR, C, DE, OLB, and/or CB. I would love to see Barrett Jones or Justin Hunter there in the 3rd. The rest is up in the air.

Please comment on what we should do with any of our 5 draft picks.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors.

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