Here's some great news, Colts fans: 28 fan bases are already looking towards the offseason for ways to improve their team in an effort to reach the Super Bowl next season, while only four teams still have a shot this season. One of those four teams is the Indianapolis Colts, and they will travel to New England to take on the Patriots in the AFC Championship game for the right to go to the Super Bowl.
I know there are many people who can never get enough draft talk, however, so let's briefly talk about that (though it's still months away), since today is the Colts' off day. Because the Colts are in the final four, that also means that the earliest they will be drafting in this spring's NFL Draft will be number 29 overall (not factoring in any trades). If they lose this weekend then they are locked in to the 29th pick, but if they win they would pick either 31st or 32nd, depending on if they would then win the Super Bowl.
Dan Kadar of Mocking the Draft put out his most recent mock draft on Monday, and he has the Colts taking an inside linebacker from UCLA, Eric Kendricks.
29. Indianapolis Colts: Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA
Kendricks is a playmaker at linebacker. At UCLA he always seemed to find himself around the ball and has the range to cover a lot of ground. He's a nice coverage linebacker and is physical enough to take on the run.
Kendricks, a 6-0, 230 pound linebacker who was a fifth-year senior in 2014 with the UCLA Bruins, recorded 446 career tackles during his collegiate career. He led the team in tackles for each of the past two seasons, and his 150 tackles in the 2012 season rank as the third-most in school history (and their highest total since 1978). He was a team captain and, in 2014, won the Butkus Award, given annually to the nation's best collegiate linebacker while being named a second-team All-American. His brother, Mychal Kendricks, currently plays for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Eric is an athletic linebacker who can play both in coverage and against the run, which is just what the Colts need. Their inside linebacker position is definitely one of need this offseason, and so the drafting of Eric Kendricks would fill that need. There are other needs on the team as well, though, so what are your thoughts of Dan Kadar's most recent (and still very early) mock draft for the Colts?