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NFL Draft 2016: Mike Mayock ranks top players at the Colts' positions of need's Mike Mayock recently released his rankings of the top five players at each position in the 2016 NFL Draft, so let's look at his rankings as it pertains to some of the Colts' positions of need.

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The Indianapolis Colts will have a lot of decisions to make this offseason, and that will absolutely impact what areas they need to address in the NFL Draft.

For example, they must decide whether to re-sign players like Jerrell Freeman, as if they decide not to then inside linebacker would become a bigger need.  The same is true for Greg Toler, as if the Colts don't re-sign him (as expected), then they would need to add a cornerback (they do anyway).  The reverse can be true as well, as if the Colts decide to bring in a notable free agent at a certain position, that position might not be as big of a need anymore.  At this point, however, it seems that there are a few areas of need that really stand out for the Colts, and those include offensive line, pass rusher (linebacker), and cornerback.  There are others, too, but those three are some of the biggest.

Recently,'s Mike Mayock released his first positional rankings for the 2016 NFL Draft, a list in which he ranks the top five players at each position.  Let's see what he says at the Colts' positions of need.

Offensive Line:

Offensive tackle

1. Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss 
2. Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame 
3. Jack Conklin, Michigan State 
4. Taylor Decker, Ohio State 
5. Willie Beavers, Western Michigan


1. Cody Whitehair, Kansas State 
2. Vadal Alexander, LSU 
3. Joshua Garnett, Stanford 
4. Christian Westerman, Arizona State 
5. Graham Glasgow, Michigan


1. Ryan Kelly, Alabama 
2. Nick Martin, Notre Dame 
3. Max Tuerk, USC 
4. Evan Boehm, Missouri 
5. Jack Allen, Michigan State

The Colts could really use help up front, and it wouldn't be a surprise whatsoever to see them add a lineman or two early in the draft.  A lot of mock drafts have had the team taking either Michigan State's Jack Conklin (Mayock's third-ranked tackle) or Ohio State's Taylor Decker (Mayock's fourth-ranked tackle) in the first round, but the interior of the line is an even bigger need.  The best value might be at center, where a guy like Notre Dame's Nick Martin could potentially be available for the Colts in the second round and would address arguably the team's biggest offensive line need.

Linebacker/Pass Rusher

Edge rusher

1. Joey Bosa, Ohio State 
2. Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky 
3. Shaq Lawson, Clemson 
4. Leonard Floyd, Georgia 
5. Kevin Dodd, Clemson


1. Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame 
2. Myles Jack, UCLA 
3. Reggie Ragland, Alabama 
4. Darron Lee, Ohio State 
5. Deion Jones, LSU

If there's one area of need for the Colts that stands out above the others, it might very well be pass rush.  The team desperately needs help at the area, and there could be some intriguing names by the time the Colts pick.  They also could decide to go with a linebacker who is more well-rounded and could help in all areas (a guy like Jaylon Smith, though he very likely won't be available when the Colts pick).  Either way, they could really use help at the second level of their defense.  Up front, the Colts have some pretty good pieces in place with guys like Henry Anderson, Kendall Langford, David Parry, and Arthur Jones, and perhaps what would help that group out the most is adding more at linebacker.


1. Jalen Ramsey, Florida State 
2. Vernon Hargreaves, Florida 
3. Mackensie Alexander, Clemson 
4. Eli Apple, Ohio State 
5. Cyrus Jones, Alabama

The Colts have a clear-cut number one cornerback in Vontae Davis, but after that the position is a question mark - particularly the number two cornerback spot.  Greg Toler has occupied the position for the past few years, but it's likely that the Colts will be looking to upgrade from the free agent-to-be.  Perhaps that will be with a free agent or perhaps they will count on D'Joun Smith, but it's also very possible that the Colts would want to address the position through the draft in hoping to find a young guy they can develop to play alongside Davis.

What are your thoughts on Mayock's rankings and the Colts' positions of need?  Is there a position you think the Colts need to address that wasn't mentioned here?  Who do you want the team considering with their top picks?