Every Monday, SB Nation's Dan Kadar releases a new mock draft, and this week's mock involves trades that lead to some more intrigue at some of the picks. For the Indianapolis Colts, though, things stay very much the same, as Kadar once again has the team taking Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd in the first round with the 18th overall pick.
The Colts have a pedestrian pass rush with players like an underwhelming pass rusher like Erik Walden or aging players like Robert Mathis and Trent Cole. Floyd can provide the defense with the talent and youth it needs.
While Walden's role isn't to rush the passer, the fact that he does so as well as some of the guys the Colts have for the purpose of getting after the quarterback shows the underlying problem: the Colts desperately need pass rush help. Robert Mathis is still a solid threat but, at this point in his career, is best suited for a situational pass rusher role. Trent Cole had a rough year last year but the Colts are counting on him being able to contribute more in 2016 - though, like Mathis, that would ideally be in a situational role. The Colts really need a younger player at the position who they can develop to be a legitimate threat, and that's what they could be looking for in this year's draft.
Floyd has the chance to provide that, as he has the skills to become a productive pass rusher in the NFL. During his collegiate career at Georgia, Floyd played in 38 games (starting 32) and recorded 184 tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss, 17 sacks, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, four passes defensed, and 54 quarterback pressures. Though his sack total might not look like much, he actually led his team in sacks during all three of his years at Georgia. In 2015, he was a finalist for the Butkus Award, while in 2014 he was Georgia's defensive MVP and in 2013 was named to the SEC All-Freshman team.
What would you think of the Colts drafting Leonard Floyd in the first round to address their pass rush?