The 2016 NFL Scouting Combine is over, and it provided teams with the chance to evaluate prospects up close and to get a better idea of the players they have been studying for months. Draft season really starts ramping up with the Combine, so the post-Combine mock drafts should hold slightly (emphasis on the slightly) more weight than the pre-Combine mocks, because we should have a slightly better idea (again, emphasis on the slightly) of the prospects and which teams might be interested.
On Monday, SB Nation's Dan Kadar released his first post-Combine mock draft, and while he still has the Colts addressing the offensive line, he's mixing it up this time and has the team selecting Kansas State guard Cody Whitehair.
Whitehair is making the move from tackle to guard in the NFL, and he's arguably the draft's top interior blocker. In Indianapolis, he could be a nice piece next to Anthony Costonzo on the left side of the line.
Whitehair started 51 career games at Kansas State, including 41 in a row to end his career at the school. As a senior in 2015, he was named first-team All-Big 12. He played left tackle during his last two years at Kansas State, but he does have some experience at guard and will play there in the NFL. NFL Media's Mike Mayock considers Whitehair to be the top guard in this year's draft, as does CBS Sports. He possesses the versatility that teams love in that he could play tackle, guard, or even center depending on the need, though the best and most natural fit seems to be at guard.
It is interesting that Kadar has Whitehair playing left guard with the Colts, as even though that's where he played early on during his time at Kansas State, the Colts have Jack Mewhort in place at the position. Mewhort had another good season in 2015 and is a very promising young player, so it makes sense to leave him at left guard. Any guard that the Colts add would likely primarily be to fill the right guard position, unless they want to try to move Mewhort to right tackle again (though they should just leave him at left guard). Either way, it seems Kadar taken note of Chuck Pagano's comments about addressing the interior of the line and has adjusted his mock draft accordingly.