It's the time of year where mock drafts abound, as yesterday we took a look at one from Mocking the Draft's Dan Kadar, and today we take a look at a full seven-round mock draft from Bleacher Report's Matt Miller.
Keep in mind that it's still early in the Draft process, but believe it or not the Scouting Combine is just 14 days away! As such, let's take a look at this complete mock draft and what Miller projects the Colts to do in the Draft, which will be held April 30 - May 2 in Chicago.
Eli Harold isn't a well-known name outside of NFL draft circles right now, but he will be once the draft season heats up. He's 6'4", 250 pounds and has the length, speed and agility to become a star at outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. Harold, teamed with the existing linebacker corps, will give the Colts a pass rush that can help keep Andrew Luck's offense in more games.
Trent Richardson didn't get the job done. Duke Johnson has speed, power, vision and hands.
In the first round, Miller has the Colts going defense, which will be applauded by many of you I'm sure. He has the Colts going with an outside linebacker to help the pass rush, something that we looked at just this morning as a need. Eli Harold was just a two-year starter at Virginia, yet he racked up 141 tackles (36.5 for loss), 17.5 sacks, and four fumble recoveries in a pass rush role. Miller's pick of Johnson in the second round is the same thing that Dan Kadar had in his two round mock yesterday, as the Colts do need running back help. Some might think second round is too early for the Colts to address the position (and I would agree), but it's clear that the Colts do need help in that area. Further positions that Miller has the Colts addressing are cornerback, offensive line, safety, and inside linebacker - which, added to the outside linebacker and running back, pretty much nails the offseason needs for the Colts. The real question, of course, is how those players will turn out.
Overall, what are your thoughts on this mock draft? What do you like about it and what do you dislike?