The 2016 NFL Draft is just over a month away, and that means that mock drafts will be taking on an even larger role in the coming weeks as fans discuss which players their team might take.
In his most recent two-round mock draft that was released on Thursday, ESPN's Todd McShay projects the Colts taking an outside linebacker and offensive lineman in the first two rounds. In the first round, McShay has the Colts taking Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd with the 18th overall pick.
The Colts need a lot of help in the trenches, so they should hope that one of the top four OTs falls to them. There's a pretty clear drop-off once Decker comes off the board. Not wanting to reach, Floyd is a good second option here. He possesses rare speed and athleticism for his position and would give the Colts a high-ceiling pass-rusher off the edge.
Then in the second round, with the 48th overall pick, McShay has the Colts taking Stanford guard Joshua Garnett.
Coming from Stanford, Garnett is built for a power-run scheme. His pass-protection skills need some refining, but at 6-foot-4 and 312 pounds, he possesses adequate short-area quickness.
I don't think many Colts fans will argue with the positions addressed, as in McShay's mock he has the Colts hitting arguably their two biggest needs. Of course, his reasoning with the selection of Floyd is a bit off, as he thinks the Colts should target an offensive tackle there (despite the bigger needs up front being on the interior and despite Jim Irsay saying they want to add a center and maybe a guard), so I guess it could be considered a good thing that the top tackle are off of McShay's board by the time the Colts pick. Floyd has been a popular pick in mock drafts recently for the Colts, as the team desperately needs pass rush help. He's not the most exciting player, but Floyd is a talented player who could, hopefully, provide the Colts with some of the pass rush that they have been severely lacking.
The second round pick of Garnett would be a solid addition, as the Colts could really stand to add a guard. Garnett is a good one in the second round, and the Colts have indeed shown some interest in him - meeting with him at the NFL Combine. Adding Garnett to the mix of a group of guards that includes Jack Mewhort and Hugh Thornton would promote competition for the right guard spot and would give the team another talented player up front - something that the Colts need.
What are your thoughts on this two-round mock draft for the Colts?