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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