The NFL Draft is a mere eight days away and here is the second-to-last installment of various mock drafts from national media outlets to gauge what NFL pundits are thinking the Colts might do with the 24th pick in the first round.
ESPN, Todd McShay (April 10)
No. 24: CB D.J. Hayden, Houston
McShay’s Analysis: Scenario 1: The Colts play man-cover schemes, and Hayden’s smooth movement skills and ability to manufacture turnovers would be a solid fit.
Scenario 2: Receiver doesn’t appear to be a pressing need, but QB Andrew Luck can never have too many options and Keenan Allen is an NFL-ready talent who can make plays downfield.
Scenario 3: If other options aren’t attractive, Indianapolis could opt for Lacy as the potential engine that drives its power running game.
Stats and Info: The Colts’ pass rush sacked, hit or put the quarterback under duress on 17.8 percent of drop backs, the second-worst rate in the league. Jarvis Jones led the FBS with 14.5 sacks, as well as all BCS defensive prospects with 31 total pressures last season.
No. 24: Datone Jones, UCLA
Banks’ Analysis: Jones is a 3-4 end prospect who can move around to multiple spots on the Colts defensive line, strengthening one of Indy’s remaining weak spots after its flurry of free-agent signings. A defensive tackle possibility is North Carolina’s Sylvester Williams.
No. 24: DT Sylvester Williams, UNC
Davis’ Analysis: Williams is getting a lot of buzz in recent weeks, and his game tape backs it up. Minnesota might want to snatch him up one pick earlier.
No. 24: DE Barkevious Mingo, LSU
Schrager’s Analysis: The Colts drafted offensive players with 11 of their 12 picks a season ago. They’ve worked hard this offseason to add a host of talented free agents on the defensive side of the ball, including Erik Walder, Ricky Jean-Francois, LaRon Landry, Greg Toler, and Aubrayo Franklin. I don’t think they’re done addressing the D. Mingo can play inside or outside LB and can play right away. He has a bit of a mean streak in him, too. Like Eric Reid, he had a better 2011 than 2012.
No. 24: WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee
Prisco’s Analysis: Reggie Wayne isn’t a kid anymore. They need help. Darius Heyward-Bey is a stopgap.
No. 24: OL Justin Pugh, Syracuse
Davis’ Analysis: It’d be nice to reinforce the defense, though GM Ryan Grigson has already used this draft to do exactly that after acquiring CB Vontae Davis last season for this year’s second rounder. Still, the priority remains QB Andrew Luck, who needs to be better safeguarded after absorbing quite a bit of abuse as a rookie. Pugh was a tackle for the Orange but would kick inside for the Colts, who need better guard play.
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The NFL Draft begins three weeks from today and over that time, Colts.com will assemble various mock drafts from national media outlets to gauge what NFL pundits are thinking the Colts might do with the 24th pick in the first round.
ESPN, Todd McShay (March 28)
No. 24: CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
McShay’s Analysis: Rhodes has the height and long arms to get physical with receivers in man coverage, is fluid for his size, and has the top-end speed to turn and run with NFL receivers. That makes him a good fit in the Colts’ scheme. His lack of ideal instincts means he won’t excel in zone coverage or when giving receivers a big cushion, but Indianapolis likely wouldn’t ask that of him. Rhodes’ production wasn’t through the roof (four interceptions over the past two seasons), either, but he’s rising up a lot of draft boards, and if the Colts like his skill set this is a good spot to grab him.
No. 24: ILB Arthur Brown, Kansas State
Banks’ Analysis: I’m still not sure how the Erik Walden signing in free agency made sense for the Colts financially or otherwise, but Brown would upgrade one of the few remaining spots on the roster where Indy is not better off than it was at the start of the offseason. UCLA defensive end Datone Jones, North Carolina defensive tackle Sylvester Williams and Florida State offensive tackle Menelik Watson are other options that add talent and depth at positions of need.
No. 24: DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina
Brandt’s Analysis: He does not have prototypical height for his position at 6-3, but he is a very strong, competitive player who seems to go hard all the time. North Carolina recruits good players, and Williams is no exception.
No. 24: DT Jesse Williams, Alabama
Schrager’s Analysis: The Colts picked up two defensive tackles over the past two weeks, signing Ricky Jean-Francois and Aubrayo Franklin to free-agent deals. I don’t think they’re done addressing the interior of their defensive line. Williams is a versatile Australian-born big man who anchored college football’s most feared defensive unit. At 6-foot-3, 323 pounds, he’d be a nasty addition to a unit that’s already improving.
No. 24: WR Cordarrelle Patterson
Prisco’s Analysis: Reggie Wayne isn’t a kid anymore. They need help.
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