We are merely hours from the 2014 NFL Draft and we will finally know what Grigson and company will do to improve our Indianapolis Colts. All the speculating, guessing games and educated insight between the end of the season and the draft- and yet none of it ever seems to prepare us for what actually takes place on draft day. It has been well discussed that the Colts are armed with only 5 picks (so far), and there are some serious needs that must be addressed before the start of camp. Will Grigson trade down to gain more selections? Will he trade up using future picks to gain one major playmaker that he just can’t resist going after? Or will he simply use what he has to get the best “need player” available for each pick and attempt to scoop up as much talent out of the remaining pool of UDFA’s?
You and I both know…that we don’t know! Until then, we’ll leave the guessing behind and I’ll go through who I feel would be the best attainable selections, for the top positions of need for each of the 5 picks currently owned by the Colts. I will even throw in a couple possible surprise picks (PSP) and give my top choice (#) and my second choice (##) for each selection. Everyone has their own ideas for who should wear the horseshoe and why come the conclusion of the draft. These are mine, love ’em or hate ’em. So enjoy and feel free to send me your feedback.
Pick #59 (Rnd 2)
CB- Stanley Jean-Baptiste/ 6’3″- 218lbs/ Nebraska(#)
OG- Gabe Jackson/ 6’3″- 336lbs/ Mississippi St.(##)
S- Jonathan Dowling/ 6’3″- 190lbs/ Western Kentucky
WR- Donte Moncrief/ 6’2″- 221lbs/ Ole Miss
DT- DaQuan Jones/ 6’4″- 322lbs/ Penn St.
C- Weston Richburg/ 6’3″- 298lbs/ Colorado St.
Pick #90 (Rnd 3)
CB- Walt Aikens/ 6’1″- 205lbs/ Liberty
OG- Cyril Richardson/ 6’5″- 329lbs/ Baylor
S- Terrance Brooks/ 5’11”- 198lbs/ Florida St.(#)
WR- Cody Latimer/ 6’2″- 215lbs/ Indiana
DT- Daniel McCullers/ 6’7″- 352lbs/ Tennessee(##)
C- Tyler Larsen/ 6’3″- 313lbs/ Utah St.
*(PSP) WR- Jared Abbrederis/ 6’1″- 195lbs/ Wisconsin
Pick #166 (Rnd 5)
CB- Dontae Johnson/ 6’2″- 200lbs/ North Carolina St.
OG- John Urschel/ 6’3″- 313lbs/ Penn St.(##)
S- Christian Bryant/ 5’10”- 192lbs/ Ohio St.
WR- Cody Hoffman/ 6’4″- 223lbs/ BYU(#)
DT- Beau Allen/ 6’3″- 335lbs/ Wisconsin
C- Corey Linsley/ 6’3″- 296lbs/ Ohio St.
*(PSP) ILB- Max Bullough/ 6’2″- 252lbs/ Michigan St.
Pick #203 (Rnd 6)
CB- Phillip Gaines/ 6’0″- 193lbs/ Rice
OG- Charles Leno/ 6’4″- 298lbs/ Boise St.
S- Nickoe Whitley/ 6’0″- 205lbs/ Mississippi St.
WR- Alex Neutz/ 6’2″- 205lbs/ Buffalo(##)
DT- Mike Pennel/ 6’4″ 332lbs/ Colorado St-Pueblo(#)
C- James Stone/ 6’3″- 302lbs/ Tennessee
*(PSP) ILB- Glenn Carson/ 6’2″- 235lbs/ Penn St.
Pick #232 (Rnd 7)
CB- Marcus Williams/ 5’11”- 195lbs/ North Dakota St.
OG- Andrew Norwell/ 6’5″- 320lbs/ Ohio St.(#)
S- Tre’ Porter/ 6’0″- 202lbs/ Texas Tech
WR- Jeremy Deering/ 6’2″- 210lbs/ Rutgers
DT- Chris Davenport/ 6’3″- 330lbs/ Tulane
C- Jonothan Harrison/ 6’3″- 304lbs/ Florida(##)
In the end, there isn’t much you can’t scrutinize when it comes to guessing the selections any certain team will be prepared to go with through the draft process. There will no doubt be some reaches and some head scratchers throughout rounds 1-7. Some teams that draft strictly for need, and some that draft the best player available leaving team need secondary to ability and talent. This is why we all love the NFL draft, and why we’ll likely watch through every second in between picks to see who trades what pick to who. This coupled with the signing of UDFA’s immediately following the draft, should give us plenty to talk about for several weeks to come. Soon we’ll see who the new members of our Indianapolis Colts are, and we’ll welcome them to the Horseshoe just as we always do. GO HORSE!!!
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