Recently, Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo released his updated mock draft, and he emphasizes that teams should draft based on the best fit rather than simply drafting based on position. His three-round mock draft attempts to do just that, and he has the Colts addressing the trenches early on.
In the first round, Palazzolo has the Colts drafting Kansas State guard Cody Whitehair:
Next in line as a tackle to guard conversion, Whitehair has posted back-to-back monster grades as Kansas State's left tackle, and he'll kick inside to bring a strong run blocking presence to the Colts' offensive line.
In the second round, he has Indy taking Alabama defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson:
Many analysts have Robinson in the first round, but middle of the second feels right for his value as a run-stopping defensive end in a 3-4. He's never gotten after the quarterback effectively, but he's powerful at the point of attack and rarely moved off the ball (ranked 13th in nation against the run each of the last two years).
Lastly, in the third round, he has the Colts taking West Virginia linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski:
Kwiatkoski brings a thumping presence to the Colts' defense, capable of blowing up blockers while playing sound coverage (No. 9 overall linebacker in the nation in 2015).
It wouldn't be a surprise to see the Colts address the trenches, as they certainly could use some help there. It's important for the Colts to better protect Andrew Luck, and Cody Whitehair would be able to do that while playing guard. The bigger needs up front for the Colts are on the interior of the line, and that would be where Whitehair could help. The Colts have said that they want to address the center position, but they also have admitted that they could possibly add a guard this offseason as well. Cody Whitehair is considered to be the best guard in this year's draft.
In the second round, A'Shawn Robinson would be a good value pick, as Palazzolo notes that a number of mock drafts have Robinson going in the first round. Therefore, if he were to be available in the second round it would be a nice value pick despite the fact that the Colts have bigger needs than along the defensive line. Like Palazzolo said as he introduced his mock draft, he wanted to look for the best pick, not just the best position. Lastly, in the third round he has the Colts adding a linebacker, an area where the Colts really could use the help. Kwiatkoski could be a nice developmental linebacker who could add depth to the position for the Colts.
What would you think of this draft for the Colts?