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Colts Mock Draft Friday: A inside linebacker? Really?

Mike McGinnis

Welcome to the return of Stampede Blue's Mock Draft Friday, where we give you three mock drafts that, for us, provide a glimpse into who the Colts may select with their first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Keep in mind (in case you've been living under a rock since September), the Colts do not have a first round pick this year. They used that to swing a trade with the Browns last October for a bag of salty nuts and a pair of tickets to a Journey cover band. Cleveland also tossed in running back Trent Richardson just to sweeten the deal a little for Indianapolis.

Presently, Indy's first pick in 2014 is the 59th overall.

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Indianapolis Colts: Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin

The Colts need help all over their defense, including the linebacking corps, where the injury-prone Pat Angerer will be a free agent this March.

Ed Brown, U-T San Diego

59) Indianapolis — Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford, Sr.

Indy inebackers rated poorly according to ProFootballFocus in stopping the run. Skov was one of the surest tacklers in college football. He registered 113 tackles (13 for a loss) and 5.5 sacks in 2013. Top needs: OL, WR, LB.

Christian Jones, OLB, Florida State

With this pick, the Colts are investing in versatility. Jones has been inserted all over the D scheme while at Florida State. His athleticism makes him an ideal candidate to mold into a 3-4 pass rusher. However, he's also demonstrated the ability to match up with some of the bigger TEs and WRs in the NFL. That makes him more likely to be part of a 4-3 scheme, but Jones could add immediate punch to both the Colts' defense and their special teams unit. GM Ryan Grigson drafted a 4-3 Seminole DE last year (Bjoern Werner) with the Colts' first pick. Will he do so yet again?

Grigson using his top picks in the 2013 and 2014 on outside linebackers from Florida State would be... interesting. I guess I'd rather have that than him using a 2nd rounder on another inside linebacker from the Big Ten.

Thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions? Discuss.