There are several areas which the Indianapolis Colts need to address this offseason, but one of the biggest ones is the offensive line. Though Andrew Luck's injuries last season weren't directly related to the play of the line, it provided a reality check of sorts to the team in realizing once again that they need to protect their franchise quarterback.
The needs up front are pretty obvious to everyone who watches the Colts play, and it's why most people over the next few months will heavily predict the team to add offensive line help in mock drafts. That is the case this week too, as SB Nation's Dan Kadar released a two-round mock draft that was very much focused on the line when it came to the Colts.
In the first round (18th overall), Kadar has the team selecting Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin:
I keep going back and forth on whether an offensive lineman or a player like Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott would be a better choice for the Colts. The lean again is a lineman, and Conklin is the best one on the board. He's a powerful blocker who could fit into multiple spots along the Colts line.
In the second round (48th overall), Kadar has the Colts taking North Carolina offensive guard Landon Turner.
Conklin (6-6, 325 pounds) started 38 of 39 career games at Michigan State and has decided to forgo his senior season to enter the NFL Draft. There are some who think that he won't be available at number 18 for the Colts, though it's still early in the process. He played 35 games at left tackle but also made three starts at right tackle, and he has the talent to play either tackle spot in the NFL. With the Colts, he would play right tackle with Anthony Castonzo in place as the team's left tackle. NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah also has the Colts selecting Conklin in the first round, writing that Conklin is "a steady player on tape."
Turner (6-4, 325 pounds) started 41 games at right guard for North Carolina during his career, and during his senior season in 2015 he was named a first-team All-American by the Associated Press. He's one of the top guards in this year's draft class and would slide right in with the Colts at right guard, as the team has Jack Mewhort in place at left guard.
Adding Conklin and Turner in the first two rounds of the draft would likely give the Colts two starter-level players right away, as it's entirely possible (and perhaps likely) that Conklin would be able to win the right tackle spot in camp and that Turner would be able to win the right guard spot in camp. More than that, it would give the team two more young building blocks along the line and would (hopefully) ensure that Luck is protected for several years to come. Of course, that's dependent upon hitting the picks, but both Conklin and Turner are good players who should be able to help Indy up front.