With the offseason now officially underway since the Super Bowl is over, that means it's draft season. Over the next several months, mock drafts will become even more popular than they already are, and SB Nation's Dan Kadar releases a new one each Monday.
This week (we're a few days late on getting to this), Kadar has the Colts adding Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floydin the first round with the 18th overall pick.
The Colts have little in the way of a pass rush, other than Robert Mathis, who will be 35 at the start of next season. Floyd has shown he's capable of playing multiple spots on defense, and that versatility could go a long way for the Colts.
Floyd has been a popular pick for the Colts in recent mock drafts, as it's the second week in a row that Kadar has the Colts taking the outside linebacker and others have predicted the same pick as well. Floyd (6-4, 231 pounds) declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season at Georgia concluded in 2015, spending three seasons playing for the Bulldogs. During his time there, he played in 38 games (starting 32) and recorded 184 tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss, 17 sacks, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, four passes defensed, and 54 quarterback pressures. During each of his three seasons at Georgia, he led the team in sacks each season. He was a finalist for the Butkus Award in 2015, was Georgia's Defensive MVP in 2014, and was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2013.
This is a timely pick for the Colts, as the Super Bowl showed the team that they need to improve their pass rush. Floyd should be able to help in the area and provide versatility to help in other ways also. The team really needs help at the pass rush position, as Kadar notes, as Robert Mathis is the team's best and most reliable option. Defensive coordinator Ted Monachino has said that Mathis will still be a factor at the position in 2016, but it's clear that the Colts need to develop younger talent and also find players who can help right away. The hope is that Floyd could be that guy, and if the Colts think he could be, it would be a great pick.