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Mock Draft: Todd McShay Projects Outside Linebacker Eli Harold to Colts

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ESPN's Todd McShay released his latest mock draft, and he has the Colts taking outside linebacker Eli Harold out of Virginia.

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We've been taking a look at a number of mock drafts recently to see what draft experts are predicting the Colts to do in the first round of the NFL Draft, and you can keep up with those articles in this group.  Earlier today, ESPN's Todd McShay put out his second mock draft of the season (it's an insider piece), and in the first round he has the Colts taking outside linebacker Eli Harold out of Virginia.

Analysis: Admittedly, this is a bit early for Harold to come off the board. We have a second-round grade on him, but he is a good fit for the Colts' defense as a 3-4 outside linebacker and he offers good upside as a pass-rusher. He's raw but has the length, flexibility and closing burst to develop into a good all-around player, and he was productive at Virginia (15.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and two interceptions his last two years at Virginia). He'd help the Colts get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks -- something they need -- and would benefit from playing alongside veteran Robert Mathis.

This is the second mock draft this week that we've looked at that had the Colts taking Harold in the first round, as Bleacher Report's Matt Miller had the same thing on Monday.  Harold is an intriguing prospect, as he was a two year starter at Virginia and totaled 141 tackles (36.5 for loss), 17.5 sacks, and four fumble recoveries during his career there.  He's best as a pass rusher, but McShay notes that he could turn into a "good all-around player."  Pass rush is absolutely an area that the Colts could use help in, and we looked at that need more in-depth a few days ago.  Furthermore, I'm sure that a number of fans will be happy to see another mock that has the Colts going defense in the first round.

What are your thoughts on Todd McShay's mock draft predicting outside linebacker Eli Harold to the Colts in the first round?