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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Once Again, The Colts Go Stephen Paea

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Offensive line is indeed the top priority. Bill Polian, in his 'new' capacity of being more involved in personnel decisions, will not be greeted by warm hugs and generous smiles if he walks out of the draft room in April announcing that the Colts have taken a wide receiver.

But, if Polian walks out and announces that the Colts have taken defensive tackle Stephen Paea, I agree that such a pick would indeed help this football team. Apparently, Dan Kadar at Mocking The Draft, SB Nation's NFL Draft blog, also agrees.

See his pick after the jump...

22. Indianapolis Colts - Stampede Blue
Stephen Paea | Defensive tackle | Oregon State: In the ideal situation, Indianapolis would take the best available offensive lineman. However, players like Nate Solder, Anthony Castonzo or Gabe Carimi don't have a lot of value here. Instead, Paea would be a great choice. He can play the one- or three-technique for the Colts and give them the kind of big body they don't have up front.

Good pick for the Colts here, especially considering Derek Sherrod was taken the pick before by the Kansas City Chiefs. Though Sherrod to the Chiefs makes little sense (they have Branden Albert at LT), if Sherrod is gone by no. 22 and Paea is still there, taking Paea is a no-brainer.

Of course, the Colts could also trade down and get someone like Castonzo or Carimi later in the first. But, overall, if the Colts walked out of Round One with Stephen Paea in their pocket, I'd feel good.