Even though Peyton Manning is getting into the latter stage of his career, he still has it. However, Manning needs some more help offensively. Marvin Harrison is gone, and even if he comes back, he is not the elite receiver he used to be. The Colts have several needs to address in the 2009 NFL Draft and the AFC South is arguably the most competitive division.
Let's get to the Colts Draft range at No. 27 overall:
Wide Receiver: This is arguably the biggest need for the Colts in the first round. You have Reggie Wayne as one starter, Anthony Gonzalez in the slot, but it does not look like there is any starter opposite Wayne. They are very likely to go here in the first round. I would consider Rutgers'Kenny Britt and North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks to be very much on their radar with their ability to run routes and catch the football. I think they would fit in Tom Moore's offense very nicely. I have been saying for the past month that Jeremy Maclin could very well slide in the first round. His explosive athleticism and long speed could be used in this offense.
Peria Jerry/Evander Hood: The Colts will be looking for a starter next to Raheem Brock at defensive tackle. I think Jerry could very well be in the top 15 of their board because of his athleticism, quickness and motor. Hood also has very good athleticism, but better size than Jerry. Both of these prospects should both seriously be looked at.
Even though the Colts have a few other needs, I consider these two to be by far their biggest and one of which I think will be the Colts' first-round pick.
After the first round, the Colts could still go with a defensive tackle if they pass on Hood or Jerry. Fili Moala, Sen'Derrick Marks, Vance Walker and Alex Magee can all play the 3-technique position, which requires the defensive tackle to get upfield and disrupt an offense.
I like Juaquin Igelsias, Brian Robiskie and Brandon Gibson as potential second- or third-round picks for the Colts at the wide receiver position. All of these players run great routes, have soft hands, but also have questionable speed. I feel like this is the type of receiver Indianapolis will target.
Running back is also a possibility since Dominic Rhodes left for Buffalo. Kory Sheets out of Purdue is a great receiver. He also has some speed and is great in pass protection. Javon Ringer from Michigan State also fits this offense. I think Glen Coffee and Cedric Peerman provide value in the mid-rounds.