Over the past few months, SB Nation’s Adam Stites has been faithfully keeping his mock draft database updated.
The idea behind the database is quite simple and very useful: he compiles together the results from a large number of mock drafts and puts them into pie charts for each team to give a visual representation of what the common feeling is about what each team will do in the first round.
We’ve been taking a look at this each week for several weeks now, and with the NFL Draft finally taking place tomorrow we’re taking one last look at the database, which currently includes 93 mock drafts, to see what the common perception is about the Colts’ pick at number 15.
And, just like last week, the clear favorite for the Colts in mock drafts is Temple linebacker Haason Reddick.
1. Haason Reddick, LB, Temple - 28%
2. Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama - 11.8%
3. Derek Barnett, EDGE, Tennessee - 9.7%
4. Takkarist McKinley, EDGE, UCLA - 8.6%
4. Ryan Ramczyk, OL, Wisconsin - 8.6%
6. Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State - 6.5%
7. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford - 5.4%
There is also a category labeled “others” that makes up 21.5% of the pie chart, but this category is made up of players who were taken by the Colts in less than five percent of the mock drafts surveyed - so this makes up a wide range of players.
As we’ve gotten closer to the draft, we’ve certainly been able to see the trends that have emerged in this consensus mock draft compilation. The most notable one, of course, is that Haason Reddick has emerged as the clear favorite for the Colts in mock drafts, with no other player within 16% of him on this pie chart. As we’ve talked about quite a bit, Reddick would be a nice addition to the Colts’ defense and would give them a versatile playmaker at linebacker in a guy that’s able to do a wide variety of things, such as defend against the run, get after the quarterback, and hold his own in coverage.
Another thing we have noticed as we’ve gotten closer to the draft is that there’s more of a specific focus for the Colts in mock drafts. Early on in the process, running backs and offensive linemen were among the more prominent picks, and while they’re still quite noticable they no longer are at the top of this list. There seems to have been more of an emphasis placed on defense for the Colts, which is likely nothing more than the national media finally catching up with what local people have known all along to be true about the team needs.
Anyway, we’ll find out soon enough who the Colts actually decide to take with their first round pick, but this pie chart has been a very helpful way to gauge what the common feeling is about the team in mock drafts over the past few months. By the end of it, we now see that Haason Reddick is the most common pick for Indianapolis in these mock drafts.