We're right in the midst of the free agency craziness as we approach the beginning of the new league year on Tuesday, but we still have time for a little bit of draft talk. Specifically, ESPN's Mel Kiper released his third mock draft of the season today.
In the first round (at pick number 29 overall), Kiper has the Colts taking Pittsburgh offensive lineman T.J. Clemmings.
Analysis: It's tempting to look at the defensive line here because the need is pretty obvious, but at this point Clemmings becomes extremely attractive because the potential is so significant. In terms of raw tools you're looking at maybe the best physical package in the draft for a future NFL left tackle. But Clemmings is a converted basketball player, a major physical talent who can be exposed by pass-rushers who have a few tricks. The Colts are OK on the left side but could definitely use another tackle in the portfolio and just talent, period, on an offensive line that took a step forward in 2014 but isn't close to a top unit.
Clemmings, who was a defensive end up until his junior season, started all 26 games at right tackle for Pittsburgh over the past two seasons. He was a captain in 2014 and was selected to the All-ACC team, also being invited to play in the Senior Bowl. He has a lot of talent and potential but is raw and needs work - which is to be expected from a guy who has played offensive lineman for just two seasons. He would address an area of need for the Colts, as after the 2015 season they're likely to need a right tackle. He could play behind Gosder Cherilus this season and continue to develop while being the long-term answer at the position.
What are your thoughts on the Colts drafting T.J. Clemmings in the first round?