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With the 31st Pick in the 2010 Stampede Blue Community Mock Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select...

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Devin McCourty, CB - Rutgers

Pick made by me, so no blue boxes:

While CB may not seem like a glaring need, I've been beating the drum (along with BBS and shake) that in today's NFL, you have to do two things to win:

  • Pass the ball
  • Stop the Pass

The Colts clearly get this, as they are consistently ranked in the top 10 in ANPY/A year after year. This means a first round pick should address these main issues. Offensively, the Colts need a LT, but there are none available with the right value for #31. Anthony Davis nearly fell in my lap, but was snatched up before I could pull the trigger. If Davis would happen to fall past the Packers, I definitely see the Colts jumping over other teams who might take a T and snatching up Davis. However, for this draft, that wasn't possible.

The other guy who should be seriously considered here would be Brian Price, DT from UCLA. I think with trading up and taking Moala, and then not having him contribute significantly last year, will make Polian hesitate in taking Price here. He's been able to find adequate DTs later in the draft, so there is no sense taking a guy in the first round when you can get some value later on. Take a look at DTs drafted in the first 4 rounds by Polian's Colts:

  • Josh Williams - 2000 - 4th Round
  • Larry Tripplett - 2002 - 2nd Round
  • Quinn Pitcock - 2007 - 3rd Round
  • Fili Moala - 2009 - 2nd Round
  • Terrence Taylor - 2009 - 4th Round

Tripplett started 30 games over 4 years for the Colts, and Josh Williams played off and on for 6 years, but this isn't shouting that DTs will be drafted high in the draft. Polian has much better success with other positions higher in the draft.

Which brings me to Devin McCourty. 5'11", 190, which might be a little small, but will fit in well with the Colts. He was terrific in run support, and plays the short zone well, making him the perfect Nickel CB, taking over for Marlin Jackson. He can play some man-to-man as well, which Coyer has thrown in more than under Meeks. He was also a Special Teams Ace, which is great news. He'll be able to help the team in some crucial areas.

How will he impact the 2010 Colts?

McCourty would be the Week 1 starter at Nickel, with Jacob Lacey moving to the Dime CB. You can never have too many Corners in this league, and the competition will only make them all better. He'll also at least return Punts, and could return Kicks as well if he can beat out Chad Simpson. I'm sure he'll also play Gunner on Punt Returns, something he did quite well at Rutgers.

If McCourty is taken #31 by the Colts, he would be the 1st CB taken in the first round by the Colts since 2005, when they selected Marlin Jackson #29 overall. He would also be the first CB from Rutgers taken in the 1st round, and only the 3rd Rutgers player taken in the first round: Kenny Britt, and Anthony Davis earlier in this draft.

McCourty's Scouting Report from Mocking the Draft

shake's WTHWTD profile on McCourty

The Saints, and palco, are on the clock...

Pos Team Player Pos School Drafter
1 St. Louis Jimmy Clausen QB Notre Dame TouchdownColts
2 Detroit Russell Okung OT Oklahoma St. coltsfan723
3 Tampa Bay Ndamukong Suh DT Nebraska TheAngelsColts
4 Washington Sam Bradford QB Oklahoma Colts Homer
5 Kansas City Eric Berry S Tennessee sanders_fan89
6 Seattle Gerald McCoy DT Oklahoma shake n bake
7 Cleveland Earl Thomas S Texas 2ndBlueGeneration
8 Oakland Bruce Campbell OT Maryland LovinBlue
9 Buffalo Bryan Bulaga OT Iowa Cassieper
10 Jacksonville Rolando McClain LB Alabama peytonsthebest
11 Denver Derrick Morgan DE Georgia Tech JPBarnett
12 Miami Dez Bryant WR Oklahoma St. fpacheco
13 San Francisco Joe Haden CB Florida BlueVol03
14 Seattle Charles Brown OT USC shake n bake
15 N.Y. Giants C.J. Spiller RB Clemson gizzardfanny
16 Tennessee Jason Pierre-Paul DE South Florida Addai Another Day
17 San Francisco Mike Iupati G Idaho BlueVol03
18 Pittsburgh Kyle Wilson CB Boise St. LV Steelers Fan
19 Atlanta Brandon Graham DE Michigan fiftycal2004
20 Houston Dan Williams DT Tennessee Aerostar193
21 Cincinnati Sean Weatherspoon OLB Missouri FineClub
22 New England Jared Odrick DE Penn State skywalker
23 Green Bay Trent Williams OT Oklahoma bracketismyboy
24 Philadelphia Jerry Hughes OLB TCU TehRhino
25 Baltimore Jermaine Gresham TE Oklahoma SupermanWearsBobSander'sPJs
26 Arizona Sergio Kindle DE/OLB Texas NYKings
27 Dallas Anthony Davis OT Rutgers SupermanWearsBobSander'sPJs
28 San Diego Ryan Mathews RB Fresno State chad72
29 N.Y. Jets Golden Tate WR Notre Dame diagenesis
30 Minnesota Maurkice Pouncey G/C Florida DClark#44
31 Indianapolis Devin McCourty
CB Rutgers mgrex03
32 New Orleans palco