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Posted by Kevin Bowen on April 24, 2013 – 12:00 am

The NFL Draft is just over 24 hours away and here is the final 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 21)

No. 24: CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida St.

ESPN, Mel Kiper (April 22)

No. 24: CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida St.

Kiper’s Analysis: The value lines up at a position of need.

Sports Illustrated, Peter King (April 24)

No. 24: CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida St.

King’s Analysis: GM Ryan Grigson’s hot streak continues as he gets the No. 2 CB in the draft all the way down at 24. Rhodes is big, Gill Brandt (April 23)

No. 24: CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida St.

Brandt’s Analysis: A very good player falls to the Colts in Rhodes, someone who can be a valuable addition to their team.

Fox Sports, Peter Schrager (April 23)

No. 24: CB D.J. Hayden, Houston

Schrager’s Analysis: The Colts drafted offensive players with nine of their 10 draft 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 Walden, Ricky Jean-Francois, LaRon Landry, Greg Toler and Aubrayo Franklin. I don’t think they’re done addressing the D. Hayden has an incredible story and is being discussed as a potential top-15 guy now. If he slips to 24, the Colts could pounce.

CBS Sports, Pete Prisco (April 21)

No. 24: C Brian Schwenke, California

Prisco’s Analysis: They need to get an upgrade in the middle of their line. This kid can move.

USA Today, Nate Davis (April 24)

No. 24: OL Justin Pugh, Syracuse

Davis’ Analysis: Let’s safeguard QB Andrew Luck, who endured 41 sacks and countless more hits as a rookie, first and continue rebuilding the defense later. Pugh was a tackle in college but could plug in at guard right away for Indy.

Yahoo! Sports, Greg Cosell (April 24)

No. 24: CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida St.

Cosell’s Analysis: My pick is Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes. Rhodes played boundary corner in Florida State’s defense. He was predominantly a press man corner; he was competitive and challenging. He had some balance and footwork issues that can be coached and cleaned up. There were times I felt he was a little tight hipped and stiff in his transition when he turned and ran versus vertical routes. Yet, as with Milliner, in an era in which bigger wide receivers are more widespread, Rhodes, at 6-foot-1 1/2 and 210 pounds, brings the size and physicality that’s needed. There’s no question Rhodes needs work in zone coverage awareness and discipline, not having played a lot of it in college. But overall, he has a very intriguing blend of size, length and physicality. He would give the Colts and Chuck Pagano two very good press man corners, teaming with Vontae Davis. You have maximum flexibility defensively when you can line up with two corners that can play man-to-man..

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  1. By Ioks Daddy on Apr 24, 2013 | Reply

    Who dat nation? Wats up

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