So far we have went over offensive guards, Rush OLB’s and nose tackles in this series. In this segment we are going to look at another area of need for the Indianapolis Colts, safety.
The Colts, at the current time, have one safety on the roster in Dewey McDonald. LaRon Landry has been cut, Sergio Brown and Mike Adams are looking into the face of free agency. We’re not sure if Adams wants to play another year or not and Sergio may be tired of being put in and taken out of the starting line up for lesser players than he is. One thing is for sure though, the Colts are going to have to find a good young safety in this draft that they can feel comfortable with starting if Adams or Brown leave town or retire.
So here is the list of safeties that I feel could fit in with the Colts and could possibly be available for them to grab up…Enjoy!!
1. Landon Collins, Safety (Alabama)
First of all I know how many people feel about the Colts bringing in Alabama players but Collins doesn’t seem like a bust to me. He is a strong safety in the NFL as he doesn’t have the speed to cover deep. Collins isn’t a “thumper” but can bring the funk when given the chance. He tallied 103 tackles this past season and three interceptions so he loves contact and can play the pass across the middle. The Colts had a hell of a time this past season covering tight ends across the middle. Collins could be their equalizer.
2. Gerod Holliman, Safety (Louisville)
Holliman had a great 2014 season when he led the nation in interceptions with 14. He played behind another great safety in Calvin Pryor in 2013 so this season was his breakout. Some scouts and GM’s are worried that this is a one and done season for Holliman. With only one real season to evaluate it brings to the surface whether he can repeat or if he is just a flash in the pan. In the NFL he would be more of a free safety as he has the speed to cover the middle of the field and to close in to support the run. Holliman may slide into the second round but I don’t think he will be available for the Colts with their second round pick.
3. Durell Eskridge, Safety (Syracuse)
The Colts organization has found a lot of success when taking players from Syracuse. Eskridge could be another one. Eskridge has the speed to play free safety but can support the run well and play strong safety also. His coverage skills are lacking a little but is a “Kam Chancellor” type safety with his size. Eskridge didn’t face a lot of top tier talent at ‘Cuse but I do feel he could translate to the NFL well enough to be contributor right away.
4. Kurtis Drummond, Safety (Michigan State)
This is quite possibly my favorite candidate on this list. Drummond has the ability to play either safety spot and has the speed to cover the whole field. His major problems are that, at times, he takes terrible angles and gets beat deep. He also takes a few to many chances at the ball instead of playing the player. Those are things that can be adjusted by good coaching. If the Colts miss on Holliman or Collins then Drummond should be a huge blip on their radar.
5. Clayton Geathers, Safety (Central Florida)
This is a guy that could be like Colt Anderson. Someone who can fill in when needed and can play either spot on the back end. Geathers has been a mainstay in the Central Florida defensive backfield. He has averaged 104 tackles a season for the past three seasons and plays the pass decently. He isn’t a big name in this draft but he could grow to be a big contributor if given the chance.