The Colts have numerous defensive issues to address, one of which is cornerback. Vontae Davis is entering his contract year, while Darius Butler just turned 31. Some young blood is needed at cornerback.
Marlon Humphrey is one of the top players still available, as he could be chosen a half-a-dozen spots earlier than this without any complaints. He'd be able to become Indianapolis' No. 1 cornerback in the near future.
Pick change; previously Marlon Humphrey, CB
Rd. 2, Pk. 14
Jordan Willis, DE/3-4OLB/OLB, Kansas State
Jordan Willis' draft stock is rising, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him pop up in some first rounds of mock drafts after his strong combine. I wouldn't go that far yet, but it's something I may consider in the future. Either way, the Colts could absolutely use him, as he would start across from the newly acquired Jabaal Sheard.
Rd. 3, Pk. 16
Blair Brown, LB, Ohio
The Colts have some of the worst linebackers in the NFL, and they've struggled to cover tight ends and running backs as pass-catchers out of the backfield as a result. Here's a much-needed upgrade.
Rd. 4, Pk. 14
Anthony Walker, OLB/ILB, Northwestern
Things are so bleak for the Colts at inside linebacker that they could spend multiple picks on the position.
Rd. 4, Pk. 30
Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma
Frank Gore seemed worn down at times throughout the 2016 campaign, so the Colts need to find a successor.
Pick change; previously Anthony Walker, ILB
Rd. 4, Pk. 37
Vince Biegel, OLB, Wisconsin
It shouldn't surprise anyone if the Colts use multiple selections on edge rushers to rectify their inability to get to the quarterback.
Pick change; previously Rasul Douglas, CB
Rd. 5, Pk. 14
Dorian Johnson, G, Pittsburgh
Unless new general manager Chris Ballard wants to suffer the same fate as his predecessor, he'll find a way to improve Andrew Luck's offensive line.
The Colts are one of the few teams that will consider drafting a running back in the first round. They could go a few ways with this pick, especially with the declining number of running backs that have been taken in the first round recently because of the question of their longevity and ability to produce at a consistant rate as they age. The last few have seemed to pan out well for the teams who went for it (Gurley, Gordon, Elliot). With Frank Gore getting older and older, and their next best option being Robert Turbin, you can expect them to take a running back at some point relatively early in this draft, and i have them taking the safest pick. With Fournette most likely being gone by the time the Colts are on the clock, Cook is their next best option. He is big, fast, agile, and can hit a hole no matter what the size, something the Colts have lacked consistently pretty much since the Edgerrin James days, and im sure they would like to go back and be able to get the run game started for the sake of Andrew Luck. I could also see a tackle like Cam Robinson or an edge rusher going here, but for the sake of speculation, this is my early prediction.
Some years of bad moves by former general manager Ryan Grigson, like trading a first-round pick for Trent Richardson and blowing one on Bjoern Werner, are coming back to bite Indianapolis. The Colts have a ton of needs on their talent-deficient roster, including edge rusher, running back, cornerback, defensive line, linebacker, and more offensive line talent. The defense is in horrible shape, so Indianapolis could take the best defensive player available regardless of position. Barnett would make sense because he would upgrade the Colts' defense immediately in both phases. <br> <br>
In 2016, Barnett recorded 56 tackles with 19 for a loss, 13 sacks, two forced fumbles, five passes broken up and one interception. He put together a superb game against Florida as he dominated in the second half to help the Volunteers pull off their huge comeback. Barnett totaled five tackles, three for a loss, two sacks and one pass batted in that outing. He also played well against Alabama, even victimizing Cam Robinson for a sack. <br> <br>
Barnett racked up 69 tackles with 12.5 for a loss and 10 sacks in 2015 after putting up an extremely impressive freshman campaign the year before. He notched 10 sacks alongside 72 tackles with 20.5 tackles for a loss that season. Barnett (6-3, 259) set freshman records at Tennessee and clearly has a lot of upside. He is a fast edge defender who is a natural pass-rusher.
The Colts can go in multiple directions here with a running back, defensive stud, or an offensive lineman. At this juncture landing Robinson who is capable to play multiple spots on the line, as well as a very good left tackle is a good idea. Luck is still making this team competitive behind a bad o-line and if he is afforded a few more seconds he can carry a team a long way. I actually think Robinson is athletic enough to be a very good left tackle after stifling both Myles Garrett and Derek Barnett this season, along with Robert Nkemdiche and Shaq Lawson the season earlier. At the worst he can be a dominant right tackle or guard, which are also big needs for the Colts.
Last Weeks Selection: Malik McDowell DL Michigan St at Pick # 11
Frank Gore is a workhorse. Frank Gore is dependable. Frank Gore is 34 years old next season. Running backs just don't last that long. Even if he goes on to survive another year- his floor is higher than his ceiling (if that makes sense). Sure, Gore can pick up first downs and catch a pass now and then, but he'll rarely eclipse 80 yards, and you can look elsewhere for a multi-score game. Fournette's ability is off the charts. Fournette's ceiling is very high. Indianapolis needs to secure the position for years to come: franchise runner available here, and those are pretty rare. Sure, the defense has some holes, but a good run game could take some pressure off of both Andrew Luck and the defense- more possession time. Colts strike gold with pick 9.
The Colts offensive line battled injuries last season at both Guard and Tackle. Getting Ramczyk would add depth to their offensive line and create competition at Guard and Tackle.
Giving Andrew Luck time to make throws is essential to the success of the Colts. I personally think the Colts offensive line is average while some think it's horrendous. But as I mentioned, getting another piece will only make the entire unit better in the long run.