Much of the last week has been entirely dedicated to free agency, and that makes perfect sense because of the craziness that was the first wave of free agency - which the Colts were very much involved in. Now that the craziness has calmed down somewhat and we're into the second wave of free agency, however, let's take a look at some recent mock drafts from the past week.
Three CBS Sports analysts - Rob Rang, Dane Brugler, and Pete Prisco - all put out new mock drafts this week, and to nobody's surprise, they had the Colts targeting defense with their first round pick at number 29 overall.
Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky: The addition of front seven defenders Kendall Langford and Trent Cole certainly adds to the pass rush, but that may not be enough to stop GM Ryan Grigson from pulling the trigger should an athlete like Dupree fall into his lap. Dupree's length and agility make him tough for offensive linemen to handle; precisely why he left Kentucky as the SEC's active sacks leader.
We definitely know that Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano feel like they can never have enough pass rushers, and they certainly could use more help there. Trent Cole was the big addition at the area in free agency and Robert Mathis is returning from a torn Achilles so the Colts will have more pass rush than a year ago, but again, they can't have enough players at the area. Dupree racked up 247 tackles, 23.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, and five passes defensed during his career at Kentucky and established himself as a dangerous pass rusher.
Landon Collins, SS, Alabama: Veteran safety Mike Adams had a better than expected 2014 season, but he is a 34-year-old free agent and might not be in the Colts' future plans. Collins has his limitations in coverage, but he plays with range and a downhill demeanor that fits the NFL.
Forget about future plans - the Colts need an immediate plan. Mike Adams will take one of the starting safety spots, but the other one is very much up in the air and really needs to be addressed. If there were to be one player in the draft that would both provide great value at pick 29 and immediate help at a position of need, it would be Landon Collins. In 2014, he recorded 103 tackles (4.5 for loss), seven passes defensed, and three interceptions. He'd be the best possible pick for the Colts at pick number 29, though it's very uncertain whether he'll be there. If he is, like Brugler currently is predicting, it'd be a great pick for the Colts.
Benardrick McKinney, OLB, Mississippi State: They need to get bigger and stronger inside on their defense.
McKinney would play inside linebacker at the NFL level (like he did in college), and that's something that the Colts really could use. They have a solid combination in Jerrell Freeman and D'Qwell Jackson, but the Colts haven't addressed the position yet this offseason and really could stand to add a playmaker there. He recorded 71 tackles in 2014 (eight for loss), three sacks, four passes defensed, one forced fumble, and three fumble recoveries. He'd be a solid addition and, while he wouldn't step in right away and start, he'd certainly help to upgrade the inside linebacker position for the Colts.
Which of these three mock drafts do you like best as it pertains to the Colts?