Ah, mock drafts, you love 'em, you hate 'em...you love to hate 'em. They're an addictive sort of thing, and while I read them as much the next guy, let's not kid ourselves, they are, for all intents and purposes, an enormous waste of time. Nobody. An predict what each front office is thinking, and outside of the first 10-15 picks, mock drafts are almost entirely inaccurate. However, they are good for one thing: conversation. I enjoy conversing with most fans on this site, so I've decided to write a little time-waster of my own. Shall we get started?
Round 2, pick 59: Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
when it comes to the draft, I'm all about value. I can see an early run on safeties to start day 2, which would leave little value at the position toward the end of the round. But, dry your tears my littl safety-minded friends, because the safety run should yield some sweet value at another position: defensive line. Hageman is 6'6" and 315 pounds, a little tall for a nose tackle, but I can see him playing end in Indy's 3 man front and being the heir-apparent to Cory Redding. Hageman is a beast, he possesses good upfield burst and strength, overpowering opponents and regularly visiting the backfield
Round 3, pick 90: Marcus Smith, OLB, Louisville
Even if Bjoern Werner turns it on in his sophomore campaign, there is still a need for pass rushers. Robert Mathis is no spring chicken, and while the old guy obviously still has it, Father Time will ultimately catch up with him. At any rate, this is the last year of his deal, and having his replacement on the roster would be a bonus. Smith is an alert defender, reliable tackler, and with a few more moves could be a very good pass rusher. He represents excellent value at pick 90.
Round 5, pick 150-something: Kenny Ladler, S, Venderbilt
While I'm not nearly as safety-desperate as most Stampede Blue commenters, I certainly don't want to put all my eggs in the Delano Howell basket. Plus, I see more safety value at this point in the draft with a guy like Ladler. He's an instinctive player who does well reading the quarterback and breaking on the ball, he's a good tackler who can hit and force some fumbles. He can cover and tackle, he's the anti LaRon Landry, just what this team needs.
Round 6: James Stone, C, Tennessee
I do believe Khaled Holmes will be the starter, but a little competition never hurt anybody. Stone would provide good depth with potential to start in the future. Stone has a good build for the position,does well in pass protection, and is quite athletic for his size.
Round 7: Zach Fulton, OG, Tennessee
The Colts double down on Tennessee linemen with Stone and Fulton. Fulton is a powerful guard who, like Stone, would provide solid depth with potential to work his way into the starting lineup. Can't ask for much more than that in the 7th!
my apologize for any spelling errors, I typed this whole thing on an IPhone, and any analytical errors, extensive film study didn't fit into the schedule. Hope you enjoyed the read, let me know what you think!