It's Monday, and for two teams that means celebrating conference title game victories. But for everyone not named the Broncos or the Panthers, the offseason is underway, and Monday is a time to look at mock drafts to see what people are predicting each team to do in the 2016 NFL Draft.
For the Indianapolis Colts, almost everybody has them taking an offensive lineman in the first round of mock drafts, and that continues today. SB Nation's Dan Kadar has his most recent mock draft up where he has the Colts taking Ohio State offensive tackle Taylor Decker with the 18th overall pick.
The offensive line for the Colts still isn't completely figured out. Decker can play either tackle spot, so that versatility would go a long way in making the fix. A playmaking running back like Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott would be a difference making option, too.
Kadar lists other potential options for each team in his most recent mock draft, and in addition to Decker, Kadar mentions Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliot and Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin.
Decker is a very popular pick for the Colts in mock drafts right now, as it seems like he's the one who has been projected to the Colts the most in the early stages of the draft process. The 6-7, 315 pound lineman was a three-year starter for Ohio State at left tackle, playing in 54 career games and starting 42. He was a first-team All-American in 2015 and won a National Championship as a junior in 2014. Though he was primarily a left tackle in college, he has the skills to play at either tackle spot in the NFL, which is a luxury and something the Colts would surely value.
If taken by the Colts, Decker would likely start at right tackle, taking the place of Joe Reitz (who could then either move to guard or be a backup for pretty much the entire line). With Anthony Castonzo and Jack Mewhort already in place as young building blocks along the line, adding another one in Decker could be a big benefit. There's still a long way to go before the NFL Draft, but the early mock drafts are all pointing to one thing: offensive line help for the Colts in the first round.