The last day of the NFL Combine wraps up today with the defensive backs taking part in drills and getting work, and while it's always important not to overreact to what we saw at the Combine, it's also important not to ignore the impact that an impressive or disappointing combine can have on a prospect's status.
Keeping the Combine in mind, Mocking the Draft's Dan Kadar has released his post-Combine mock draft, and he has the Indianapolis Colts addressing the defensive side of the football in the first round, which is always good to see considering how much the team needs defensive help. Kadar has the Colts taking Oregon defensive end Arik Armstead in the first round of the NFL Draft at pick number 29.
29. Indianapolis Colts: Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon
It's hard to get a bead on what the Colts will do with this pick. It becomes even more of a challenge because of the uncertain future of Cory Redding. If Redding happens to retire, drafting his replacement is a priority. Armstead's potential is incredible and he has a style and strength to play immediately in the NFL.
Armstead, a 6-7, 292 pound defensive end out of Oregon, is raw but incredibly talented, and as Kadar notes Armstead has great potential. Playing in 39 games over three years for the Ducks, Armstead recorded 87 tackles (10 for loss), four sacks, one forced fumble, two fumbles recovered, and two passes defensed during his time at Oregon. He was also formerly a member of Oregon's basketball team, but he quit to focus on football.
For the Colts, they really need help along the front seven, and as Kadar notes that need would become even greater if Cory Redding decides to retire. Armstead could develop into a very good defensive end, and the Colts adding him would surely improve a defensive front seven in need of as many playmakers as it can get.
What are your thoughts on the Colts possibly taking Oregon defensive end Arik Armstead in the first round?