9 days before the NFL Draft, let's look at some mocks

Kirk Irwin

Offering some perspective on others perspectives on what the Colts may do in Round 2 of the 2014 NFL Draft.

As we all know by now, the Colts can go many different ways in their approach to the draft especially with the tremendous talent likely to be available for them with their Round 2 pick. Here's the latest list of what other writers from various sites believe the Colts will do:

Preferred Picks:

The first pick I like is from Jay Goldberg at http://www.900footballlinks.net/2014jaymock.htm

59 IND McGill
McGill is one of the new breed of tall corners and with Davis and Toler on hand he can be broken in slowly.  That is if Toler can stay healthy.  Toler could also be a cap casualty after this year.

If you read the last Mock Draft Revue, you'll notice this is a repeat selection but from a different website. The Colts would be wise to grab a corner with McGill's elite talent. Similar to the author, I also expect Toler to be around for this year and likely be cut to for cap reasons.

Another pick I like is from http://www.ourlads.com/nfl-mock-draft/2014/

Jimmie Ward SS
Northern Illinois
5105v 193v 4.46v

Do I expect Jimmie Ward to be there when the Colts pick? No. However, if he is, then it may be the steal the Colts were looking for. Ward has great range playing center field and would allow Laron Landry to be the in the box safety he likes to be. I'm also not sure how much stock I take in this mock though seeing that they have the Colts selecting 58th, not the 59th pick. Well, unless they think they will trade up one spot.

Love and Hate Picks:

The first draft I love but also hate is from Charlie Campbell, one of the main writers at WalterFootball.com.

59.  Indianapolis Colts: Marcus Smith, OLB, Louisville
The Colts got an amazing season out of Robert Mathis and an underwhelming one out of Bjoern Werner. It makes sense for the team to add another rusher given Mathis' age. Indianapolis has shown interest in Smith.

Louisville had a tough defense in 2013, and Smith was the leader of the unit. He was the American Conference Defensive Player of the Year as he finished the 2013 season with 14.5 sacks for Louisville. Smith also had 42 tackles with 18.5 tackles for a loss, four forced fumbles and three passes broken up. The senior's sack total put him second in the nation - just .5 sacks off sharing the lead.

Smith picked up four sacks and 5.5 sacks as a junior and sophomore, respectively. He played defensive end for Louisville, but in the NFL, he will have to move to outside linebacker. The 6-foot-3, 258-pound Smith would fit well as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. He held his own at the Senior Bowl and was solid, but he wasn't overly impressive.

This makes a lot of sense with the number of top level OLBs the Colts have brought in. With Mathis getting older, the Colts would be wise to find his replacement. However, I hate this pick in that I believe Round 2 is too high for Marcus Smith. If you look at the talent selected after Smith in this mock, there is Cody Latimer, Deone Bucannon, Kyle Van Noy and Marcus Martin all being selected in Round 3. I would think any of those would be better selection.

The next draft I hate more than I love is from geekingfootball.com

59 Indianapolis Colts Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
60 Carolina Panthers Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
61 San Francisco 49ers Keith McGill, CB, Utah
62 New England Patriots Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
63 Denver Broncos

Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi St.

I hate this pick because the talent immediately after Paul Richardson is quite plentiful and every player, with the exception of Seferian-Jenkins, would be a better fit for the Colts at pick 59. Richardson has drawn comparisons to DeSean Jackson but taking him in Round 2 is far too high.

The Burn In Hades Picks:

This pick comes to us from Alessandro Miglio over at the friendly confines of BleacherReport.com.

27 (59). Indianapolis Colts—Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor

Think Ryan Grigson might be sweating a little by this point? The Colts general manager had to wait nearly two full rounds to make a pick thanks to an ill-advised trade for running back Trent Richardson and a nice playoff run. The latter insulates him from much criticism, but the Colts could have used that first-rounder and taken one of the many running backs in the draft later. At any rate, here they are, unwilling to move up and lose even more picks later in the draft. The interior of the offensive line needs help, and Cyril Richardson is a nice pick.

It kind of blows my mind that some draft guys have Cyril Richardson going in Round 2. It blows my mind even more he's going before Gabe Jackson, a far superior Guard. It blows my mind even further when you see Cody Latimer, Allen Robinson, Kyle Van Noy and Keith McGill going in Round 3. While the interior of the offensive line does need help, I don't expect Grigson to address it this early in the draft, nor with Richardson, who is slow and not powerful.

Another mock I could care less for is from Walter at WalterFootball.com

59.  Indianapolis Colts: David Yankey, G/OT, Stanford
Adding an offensive lineman who can play multiple positions would be a good idea for the Colts, who have issues up front.

Mocking David Yankey to the Colts is simply lazy, in my humble opinion. Especially in Round 2. If the Colts move back and get a Round 4 selection, this could be a good pick. But, Round 2 is far too high for an average offensive lineman like Yankey.

As always, feel free to let me know your thoughts in the comments or follow me on Twitter @Reed_StephenT

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