Mock draft season is upon us, and if you're paying attention you'll sense a theme for the Colts: everyone thinks they need help in the trenches, particularly along the offensive line.
Most mock drafts that we have looked at so far have the team adding an offensive lineman in the first round, and Bleacher Report's Matt Miller is no different. Miller recently released a two-round mock draft that had the Colts adding help up front on both sides of the ball early in the 2016 NFL Draft. In the first round, Miller has Indianapolis selecting Ohio State offensive tackle Taylor Decker, while in the second round he has the Colts adding Baylor defensive tackle Andrew Billings.
Decker (6-7, 315 pounds) was a three-year starter on Ohio State's offensive line as a left tackle, starting 42 career games and playing in 54. In his senior season in 2015, Decker was named a first-team All-American, while in his junior season he helped the Buckeyes win a National Championship. He was the best offensive lineman for one of the country's best offenses, and his play has put him firmly in the first round conversation. Though he was primarily a left tackle in college, his skills and traits could project to playing on either side of the line in the NFL, and if he were drafted by the Colts he would likely slide to the right side of the line with Anthony Castonzo already in place at left tackle.
Billings (6-2, 310 pounds) spent the past three years at Baylor, playing in 25 games and recording 77 tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. He was a first-team All-American in 2015 and is highly regarded in NFL circles, so him dropping to the 17th pick in the second round seems very unlikely at this point. If he's there, however, it would make a ton of sense for the Colts to take him. His strength is against the run, as NFL.com's Bucky Brooks called him a "dominant run defender with a host of 'blue chip' traits," but he can also provide some pass rush as well (he recorded 5.5 sacks in 2015). He projects to the nose tackle position in a 3-4 system, though he provides versatility to play in either scheme and at different spots.