The 2014-15 NFL season is now officially over, as the New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX. That means that the attention and focus of the NFL world will begin shifting fully towards the draft and free agency, and believe it or not, the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis is just 15 days away.
With this being a Monday, we have another mock draft from Mocking the Draft's Dan Kadar, and this time he offers predictions for the Colts in both the first and second round. In the first round, he has them taking offensive lineman A.J. Cann, the same player that Kadar mocked to the Colts last week. In the second round, he has the Colts taking running back Duke Johnson.
29. Indianapolis Colts: A.J. Cann, G, South Carolina
The idea of Indianapolis continuing to build up front is too difficult to pass on. Cann is the draft's best pure guard and could be brought in to start at left guard. That would move second-year player Jack Mewhort back to his more natural position at tackle.
61. Indianapolis Colts: Duke Johnson, RB, Miami
With A.J. Cann, the Colts would be addressing a big need along the offensive line, and it would give them options. As Kadar notes, drafting a left guard like Cann would allow the Colts to move Jack Mewhort to right tackle and that would mean cutting Gosder Cherilus. The idea of moving Mewhort to right tackle is not one that should be done lightly by the Colts, as the rookie did a solid job at left guard this year, but the Colts did give Mewhort a start at right tackle late in the year and it was thought even when he was drafted that he might be the eventual right tackle for the Colts. Could that be this year? If the Colts take left guard A.J. Cann, that might be the case.
In the second round, Kadar has the Colts taking Miami running back Duke Johnson. In three years at Miami, the 5-9, 205 pound back rushed 526 times for 3,519 yards and 26 touchdowns (averaging 6.7 yards per carry), while also adding 69 receptions for 719 yards and 4 touchdowns. During his 2014 season, he racked up 1,652 yards and 10 touchdowns while averaging 6.8 yards per carry and catching 38 passes for 421 yards and three touchdowns. The running back is an area where the Colts could use some help, so Johnson could address that need.
What are your thoughts of this most recent mock draft from Dan Kadar?