The most popular pick for the Indianapolis Colts in early mock drafts is unquestionably an offensive lineman, and most of the time it's either Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin or Ohio State tackle Taylor Decker. ESPN's Todd McShay recently released his second mock draft of the season and - surprise, surprise! - has the Colts taking Decker in the first round.
Andrew Luck would love this pick after getting beat up in 2015 before suffering season-ending injuries. The 6-foot-7 Decker has enough range, strength and toughness to hold up in pass protection on the perimeter in the NFL. He's not overpowering as a run-blocker, but he's highly efficient and consistent.
Decker (6-7, 315 pounds) was a three-year starter for Ohio State at left tackle, playing in 54 games and starting 42. He was an All-American in 2015 and the year before that was a part of Ohio State's National Championship team. Though he played primarily left tackle in college, he has the skills that lead many to believe he could play either tackle spot in the NFL.
With the Colts, Decker would likely slide right in to the starting right tackle position if they did draft him. Joe Reitz was a solid starter there in 2014, but Decker would give them a young, talented player to groom at the spot while Reitz could then either move inside or provide valuable depth. The biggest needs for the Colts along the offensive line are inside (at center and then at right guard), but that's not to say they can't add a right tackle. What they mainly need are talented building blocks up front to go along with Anthony Castonzo and Jack Mewhort, and adding Decker would hopefully provide another one to that group.