As is the usual every Monday during this time of year, Mocking the Draft's Dan Kadar has released his most recent first round mock draft, and we're continuing to get closer to the draft actually taking place - as 25 days from today it will begin. The Colts hold the 29th pick in the draft and the mock draft projections have been all over the place in terms of what position and what player the team might target, but Kadar has stayed pretty consistent in recent weeks, as he once again has Indy taking Alabama safety Landon Collins.
29. Indianapolis Colts: Landon Collins, S, Alabama
Collins might not be perfect in coverage, but he's more than adequate. Because he's as close to a complete safety as there is in the draft this year, he could be an attractive player for the Colts. He has enough range in coverage and is a real asset coming up and playing the run.
Options: A.J. Cann (G), Carl Davis (DT)
The addition of Dwight Lowery on Friday night makes the safety position much more intriguing for the Colts, because now they have a starter and don't have to take a safety in the draft. Lowery is good enough to be a starter alongside Mike Adams, filling a huge void that was previously there. With that said, however, the Colts would still be wise to take a safety in the draft if one they like is available, as either that player could play significantly this year or could be developed into a future starter.
If Landon Collins, who is undoubtedly the best safety in this year's draft class and the only one even worth considering in the first round, were to fall to number 29 for the Colts, it would be smart for the team to take him and it's something that would probably be likely to happen as well. The real question is whether Collins will be available at number 29 for the Colts, and that's still unknown. The team doesn't have as much pressure to get a starting safety in the draft now that they've added Dwight Lowery, but they would still be smart to take a safety anyway, and if Collins fell he would be the best option at the position for the Colts.