As mock drafts continue to generate more and more attention over the coming month, we'll continue see more and more mock drafts released. Today, Pro Football Focus' Sam Monson released his first mock draft of the season, but he has the Indianapolis Colts taking a familiar face. Monson has the team taking Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd in the first round, a pick that we have seen commonly made for the Colts in numerous mock drafts recently.
Erik Walden and Trent Cole aren't going to get it done when it comes to pressure, so the Colts need to go back to that well having just released Bjoern Werner - the last first-round edge rusher they selected. While I can't promise that Floyd will fare any better, I can tell you that he had the second-highest grade of all edge rushers in the class this season with +47.2, trailing only Joey Bosa, and was productive against both the run and pass, notching 42 total pressures even if his sack totals were low.
The information provided on Floyd is interesting, as PFF gave him the second-best grade in 2015 of any pass rusher in this class. Now, its important to note that the number doesn't automatically make Floyd the second-best pass rusher in this class, but it does add an interesting piece of information that's more than simply stating Floyd's sack numbers (17 in three seasons).
The Colts desperately need pass rush help - that much is clear. With Robert Mathis 35 years old and Trent Cole 33, the Colts are in need of a younger talented player to develop, and that's not even mentioning the fact that both Mathis and Cole are best suited for a situational pass rush role at this point in their careers. Erik Walden is intended to set the edge and stop the run, so while he has provided some pass rush in recent years, he shouldn't be counted on to do so consistently moving forward. Jonathan Newsome was released this offseason following an arrest and a disappointing 2015 campaign, ridding the team of their young developmental pass rusher. And Bjoern Werner... well, let's just note that he was cut this offseason and move on with it. The point is clear, then, that the Colts need a talented player to be able to rush the passer. PFF seems to think that player could be Leonard Floyd (though it's no guarantee, as Monson mentions) and they have the grade to back it up. That doesn't mean much, but it is a helpful addition to the discussion about Leonard Floyd, and we can add another mock draft to the growing list of them projecting Floyd to the Colts in the first round.