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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This time a year ago, Bruce Arians had no idea what 2013 would hold for him.
Today, he strolled into Lucas Oil Stadium, a stadium he inhabited in 2012, wearing a Cardinal red hat in the style made famous by Payne Stewart.
He strolled in as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, a post the 30-year coaching veteran would never gained had it not been for the work he did in Indianapolis last year.
“A career (laughs),” said Arians about what he got out of last year serving as an interim for Chuck Pagano. “Nothing will ever take away the memories from last year. Just everything that went on (was fun).
“The relationships with a great group of players were special. The rookie class was special. The whole thing that happened with Chuck Pagano and being the interim coach led to this opportunity. Basically this time last year, I was retired.”
Arians took over for Pagano after three games, earning a 9-3 record while Pagano battled leukemia. The unique story spawned off-shoot honors as Arians won some coach-of-the-year awards.
During his run last year, Arians said he never had felt more wanted than he did in being with the Colts last year. He said that feeling never will subside.
“There’s no doubt (that feeling will remain). It was meant to be,” said Arians of serving in Indianapolis last year. “Everything happens for a reason. It was meant for Kris and me to be in Indianapolis last year. I wouldn’t trade it for the world, it was so special.”
Arians says life has not slowed down, estimating he’s been in Phoenix for only about 10 days with all his football-related travels.
The Colts will visit Arizona next season, meaning Arians’ old team will visit his new one.
“It will be fun,” said Arians. “Going back (to play a former team), it’s happened a couple of times through the years for me. There won’t be any losers that day.”
Arians took Harold Goodwin with him to Arizona. Goodwin had been the Colts’ offensive line coach last year. Arians added Tom Moore, too.
“Tom is going to help me run the offense. I’m going to call plays,” said Arians. “He’s going to help Harold Goodwin coordinate it and basically be my right-hand man. He’ll be a guy I can lean on. As I get torn back and forth between being offense and head coach, I know I have guys in there who have done it.”
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