The return of Stampede Blue's Mock Draft Friday comes with the beginning of Spring and that we're just four weeks away from the 2014 NFL Draft.
For starters, you all should start crossing Stanford guard David Yankey off your lists.
I haven't talked to one scout/exec that would take David Yankey in the first 3 rounds.— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) April 3, 2014
For many mockers, Yandy has been the guy that they have the Colts selecting with the 59th overall pick.
I wasn't a big fan of Yankey when I studied him. Slow feet, struggles to redirect in space. I don't think he's a top tier prospect.— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) April 3, 2014
Well, OK, that's just Daniel Jeremiah talking. Others don't feel that way, do they?
@MoveTheSticks Was one of the most over-valued prospects all fall/winter in this '14 draft.— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) April 3, 2014
What, did Yankey sleep with these guy's wives or something?
In all seriousness, Yankey is a good example of a somewhat lazy and/or obvious guess as to who the Colts may select with the 59th pick. He went to Stanford. He plays a position of need. He knows the offensive system. Blah blah blah. Fart fart fart.
I don't bash or blame mock drafters for making guesses like this early in the calendar year because absolutely NO ONE knows who will draft whom in April, let alone January, February, or March. That said, watch Ryan Grigson turn in that Day Two card with the name "David Yankey."
Here are three mocks I like:
1) Dan Kadar and Matthew Fairburn
59. Indianapolis Colts - Craig Loston, S, LSU
With quite a few holes to fill, the Colts will be missing the first-round pick they lost in the Trent Richardson trade. They could go a number of directions with this pick, but safety seems like a reasonable place to start. Craig Loston wasn't dominant this season, but the potential is there for him to be a solid starter if he puts everything together.
My thoughts: Solid. I'd have taken Brandon Moore, but safety is a position of need and, per this mock, most of the quality WRs are gone by the 51st pick.
59. Indianapolis Colts: Lamarcus Joyner, CB/S, Florida State
The Colts managed to retain Vontae Davis, but they still have a big need at corner. If you don't believe me, go back and watch the Kansas City-Indianapolis playoff game.
My thoughts: If Joyner falls to 59, the Colts must consider taking him. He can be moved to safety or be used as depth at corner. Both areas are strong need positions.
3) Eddie Brown
59) Indianapolis — Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson
My thoughts: All I ask from mock draft is that they intrigue me with their suggestions, and this pick does the job. He's a tall kid with long arms and seems ideal in press coverage, which is what the Colts demand of their corners (sometimes needlessly so). Chargers blog Bolts From The Blue did a thorough breakdown of Breeland that is worth your time. Their analysis:
Breeland is comfortable in off coverage, but is better suited in a scheme where they press more often then not. His biggest asset his winning at the line of scrimmage, so in a off man Cover 3 defense, Breeland's fit isn't exactly ideal. If he's available in the 3rd round, he would make for good value, but because of his strengths, I'm not sure he'd be an ideal pick for San Diego before then.