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Mike Mayock ranks top players in 2016 NFL Draft at Colts positions of need

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NFL Media's Mike Mayock recently released his rankings of the top five players at each position in the upcoming NFL Draft, so let's take a look at his top prospects at the Colts' positions of need.

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As we get closer to the NFL Draft, we continue to look at potential players the Indianapolis Colts might draft.  We've been keeping track of a number of different meetings and workouts, as well as different pro days that the Colts have been in attendance at.

Another way to look at potential options for the Colts, however, is to look at the best players at the Colts' positions of need.  The Colts' biggest need is for pass rush, while they also need offensive line help (particularly along the interior), as well as cornerback, inside linebacker, and running back.

NFL Media's Mike Mayock recently released his updated position rankings for the top five players by position in the draft, and let's take a look at his rankings for the Colts' positions of need.


1. Joey Bosa, Ohio State 
2. Leonard Floyd, Georgia 
3. Shaq Lawson, Clemson 
4. Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky 
T-5. Kamalei Correa, Boise State 
T-5. Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State

The Colts' biggest need is at EDGE rusher, as they desperately need help getting after the quarterback.  That doesn't mean the Colts will address the area in the first round, but they do know that they need to improve at the area and there are some intriguing candidates in the draft for them to consider.

Offensive Line:


1. Cody Whitehair, Kansas State 
2. Joshua Garnett, Stanford 
3. Christian Westerman, Arizona State 
4. Vadal Alexander, LSU 
5. Connor McGovern, Missouri


1. Ryan Kelly, Alabama 
2. Nick Martin, Notre Dame 
3. Max Tuerk, USC 
4. Evan Boehm, Missouri 
T-5. Graham Glasgow, Michigan 
T-5. Jack Allen, Michigan State

The biggest need along the offensive line for the Colts is at the center position, and the good news is that there are several good players available there - especially the top two in Alabama's Ryan Kelly and Notre Dame's Nick Martin.  The Colts very well could look to add one of those two, but if not then one of the other centers could become an option for them as well.  There are also some interesting guard options that should be available for the Colts in the first round, while we all know that mock drafts love to have the Colts taking a tackle.


1. Jalen Ramsey, Florida State 
2. Vernon Hargreaves, Florida 
3. Eli Apple, Ohio State 
4. Artie Burns, Miami (Fla.) 
5. William Jackson III, Houston

The interesting thing about the cornerback position is that Mayock has Clemson's Mackensie Alexander dropping out of the top five, and Alexander is a player that Chuck Pagano seems to be pretty interested in.  The cornerback position overall isn't as big of a need as it was a month ago, as the Colts signed Patrick Robinson to handle the starting duties alongside Vontae Davis.  Because of that, it's unlikely we'll see the Colts add a corner in the first round, but there's always the chance that someone will catch the team's eye.

Inside Linebacker:

1. Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame 
2. Myles Jack, UCLA 
3. Darron Lee, Ohio State 
4. Reggie Ragland, Alabama 
T-5. Deion Jones, LSU 
T-5. Jatavis Brown, Akron

With Jerrell Freeman leaving in free agency and D'Qwell Jackson set to turn 33 years old during the 2016 season, the Colts would be wise to be looking at inside linebacker options in the upcoming draft.  It's not as pressing of a need as some others (like the pass rush or offensive line), but it's still an area of need and one to be paying attention to as we approach the draft.  Someone like Ohio State's Darron Lee or Alabama's Reggie Ragland could be potential options at pick number 18 for the Colts.

Running Back:

1. Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State 
2. Derrick Henry, Alabama 
3. Devontae Booker, Utah 
4. Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech 
5. Kenyan Drake, Alabama

The Colts likely won't spend their first round pick on a running back, but that won't keep them from looking to address the position elsewhere in the draft.  The team needs a running back to complement Frank Gore and develop behind the veteran, and they could look to this year's draft to hopefully find that player.  There are several intriguing options who could be good fits that aren't on Mayock's top five, however, so the Colts have options and don't have to address the area right away.

Overall, the Colts have several needs, but as we've looked at, some are bigger than others.  The biggest needs are clearly pass rush and offensive line, but some other positions are worth monitoring as we get closer to the draft as well.