We are less than three weeks from the 2013 NFL Draft. With that comforting thought nestled softly in your minds, Stampede Blue bequeaths to you the latest Mock Draft Friday:
Datone Jones, DE
The Colts signed Ricky Jean-Francois to a large deal this offseason, but they could still look to upgrade the defensive line, as the unit doesn't really have a consistent pass-rusher. Cory Redding is there, but he'll be 33 soon and he's due $7 million over the next two seasons. Datone Jones is one of the top prospects available and makes a ton of sense for Indianapolis.
My Comment: I agree.
Jonathan Hankins, NT
After allowing a gaudy 5.1 yards per carry in 2012 (only New Orleans' 5.2 was worse), it is clear where Indianapolis must improve if they are to build upon an impressive first season under general manager Ryan Grigson and head coach Chuck Pagano. The Colts drafted Josh Chapman in the fifth round a year ago and recently signed former standout nose guard Aubrayo Franklin. Neither, however, possesses the upside of the shockingly light-footed, 6-3, 320-pound Hankins, who only slips to this point due to bouts with inconsistency.
My comment: Back in January, when people are putting out unnecessary mock drafts SOLELY for the soul-sucking page view hits they provide, it was common to see Hankins name associated with the Colts at No. 24. When Dwight Freeney was shown the door, pass rushers became the preferred position of choice. The Colts themselves might disagree with Rang's assessment of Chapman's upside, but actions speak louder than words. If Indianapolis had confidence in Chapman, why'd they sign Aubrayo Franklin and retain Martin Tevaseu? If Chapman just cannot get healthy - and by now he should be fully recovered from his 2011 knee injury - then taking Hankins makes a lot of sense.
Amazing 'WTF?' Mock
Xavier Rhodes, CB
"If the value on the offensive line isn't there, I think Rhodes makes a lot of sense. The Colts were active in free agency, adding help in a handful of spots, but Rhodes has the chance to be the best cornerback on the roster after he gets a little seasoning."
My comment: The Colts just signed UFA corner Greg Toler from the Cardinals, re-signed Darius Butler, and tendered Cassius Vaughn. Also, when all is said and done, their 2013 second round pick is Vontae Davis, who was acquired from the Dolphins last year via a trade. I'm not opposed to adding Rhodes. I just think that, all all these other investments in the CB positions, using your first round pick on another corner is a bit "WTF?" nuts.