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, NFL.com'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.
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.
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.
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?