With the big rush of free agency now over, a lot of the attention (even more so than before) shifts to the NFL Draft, and as it does Pro Football Focus' Cris Collinsworth has released his first mock draft of the year (because apparantly he's doing mock drafts now).
Of course, Collinsworth is most well-known for his role as the color commentator on NBC's Sunday Night Football alongside play-by-play man Al Michaels, but Collinsworth is also an investor in PFF and as a result we're seeing him get involved with writing for them, at least with this mock draft.
Collinsworth's mock draft is... interesting. He has the Los Angeles Rams trading all the way up from their 15th pick to the top overall pick so that they can draft North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz. The reasoning? Quarterbacks normally go first and second (except when they don't, like in 2013 and 2014) and the Rams should take the chance of Wentz turning into Peyton Manning or Tom Brady rather than take the chance of letting Wentz turn into Manning or Brady for another team (defensive drafting probably isn't the best strategy, especially when trading up to get the guy).
For the Colts, however, Collinsworth has the Colts adding defensive line help with the 18th overall pick by drafting Alabama defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson.
Robinson is a classic defensive end in a 3-4 defense. While he's not really a pass-rusher, his strength will be anchoring the run-heavy defensive left side and pushing the pocket in the pass rush. Most defensive coordinators share the same line every time I meet with them: "If we can stop the run and make them one-dimensional, we will get after their quarterback." A'Shawn Robinson will help his NFL team stop the run.
Robinson wouldn't be a bad pick for the Colts, as adding a legitimate defensive line talent like that would certainly help the defense. There may be some questions raised, however, by the fact that Collinsworth has the Colts passing over Eastern Kentucky's Noah Spence to draft Robinson (Spence went 19th to the Bills), as the Colts definitely need pass rush help over defensive line help.
Looking purely at the player, however, Robinson would be a nice addition for the Colts. Their defensive line has developed as somewhat of a strength defensively, with Kendall Langford, Henry Anderson, David Parry, and Arthur Jones all showing potential and Zach Kerr (among others) adding nice depth pieces. With that said, though, adding a player like Robinson to that group would go even further toward making the position a strength, and you never want to shy away from a talented difference-maker in the draft simply because it's not one of your biggest needs. You can argue about whether drafting Robinson 18th overall while Spence is still on the board is the best pick for the Colts to make, but the hope in taking Robinson is that he could become an impactful player up front for the Colts.
What are your thoughts on this pick?