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What 44 mock drafts say about the Indianapolis Colts' top pick

Taking a look at what 44 different mock drafts have to say about the Colts' number 18 overall pick.

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The NFL Scouting Combine has yet to take place (that comes next week), yet one of the most common questions that fans are asking is who the Colts will take in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Early mock drafts have attempted to give the best projection at just what the Colts will indeed do with the 18th overall pick, and the majority of them seem to have the Colts addressing their offensive line.  The team has a number of needs - most notably pass rush and offensive line - and those two positions have seemed to be the overwhelming consensus among the early mock drafts.

SB Nation's Adam Stites compiled a fancy chart that incorporates a number of early mock drafts (you can see the list at the bottom of this article) to see who each team is projected to take in the draft.  It's a nice visual to be able to see what some of the more prominent analysts think the Colts will do with their top:

colts mock draft

Top players mocked to the Colts:

Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State (27.3%)

Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State (22.7%)

Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia (6.8%)

Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama (6.8%)

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State (6.8%)

Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor (4.5%)

A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama (4.5%)

As you'll notice, the "others" category takes up 15.9% of the chart, showing that there is some degree of discrepancy and variation over who the Colts should/will take with the 18th pick.  With that said, however, it seems clear that analysts think the Colts need to address their offensive line along with their defense.

Mock drafts used:

Organization (Writer) Date
ESPN (Mel Kiper) Feb. 18 (Chad Reuter) Feb. 17
San Diego Union-Tribune (Eddie Brown) Feb. 17
Yahoo (Eric Edholm) Feb. 17 (Daniel Jeremiah) Feb. 16
Walter Football (Walter Cherepinsky) Feb. 16
FanSpeak (Steve Shoup) Feb. 16
Metro U.S. (Matt Burke) Feb. 15
CBS Sports (Dane Brugler) Feb. 15
CBS Sports (Rob Rang) Feb. 15
CSN Mid-Atlantic (Ben Standig) Feb. 15
Bleacher Report (Justis Mosqueda) Feb. 15
Walter Football (Charlie Campbell) Feb. 15
Baltimore Sun (Jon Meoli) Feb. 15
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Charean Williams) Feb. 12
DraftTek (Staff) Feb. 12
NESN (Staff) Feb. 12
247Sports (Luke Rodgers) Feb. 11
Rotoworld (Josh Norris) Feb. 11
Draft King (Lou Pickney) Feb. 11
Sports Illustrated (Chris Burke) Feb. 10
Florida Times-Union (Hays Carlyon) Feb. 10
Toronto Sun (Dan Bilicki) Feb. 10
Sporting News (Eric Galko) Feb. 8
Bleacher Report (Matt Miller) Feb. 8
TheScore (Dan Wilkins) Feb. 8
SB Nation (Dan Kadar) Feb. 8
Draft Breakdown (Jeff Risdon) Feb. 8
Newsday (Nick Klopsis) Feb. 8
CSN Philly (Jared Sherman) Feb. 8
USA Today (Nate Davis) Feb. 8
NJ Advance Media (Darryl Slater) Feb. 7
ESPN (Todd McShay) Feb. 3
Pro Football Focus (Steve Palazzolo) Feb. 2
USA Today (Jon Ledyard) Feb. 1
Arizona Republic (Bob McManaman) Jan. 29
Draft Countdown (Scott Wright) Jan. 26
USA Today (Jonah Tuls) Jan. 26
FOX Sports (Peter Schrager) Jan. 26 (Lance Zierlein) Jan. 22 (Bucky Brooks) Jan. 17
Washington Post (John Harris) Jan. 13
TheBigLead (Jason McIntyre) Jan. 13
CSN Philly (Paul Hudrick) Jan. 11