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Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 24, 2013 – 6:54 am

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on April 4, 2013 – 8:00 am

The NFL Draft begins three weeks from today and over that time, 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.

Sports Illustrated, Don Banks (April 3)

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., Gil Brandt (March 27)

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.

Fox Sports, Peter Schrager (April 2)

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.

CBS Sports, Pete Prisco (April 1)

No. 24: WR Cordarrelle Patterson

Prisco’s Analysis: Reggie Wayne isn’t a kid anymore. They need help.

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on February 28, 2013 – 11:44 am

For nearly every NFL coach that took to the podium at the NFL combine last week in Indianapolis, the question of how to defend the spread or pistol offense was waiting for them.

There wasn’t one dominant theme on the other side of the ball for coaches to answer but there was an intrigue on how the Seattle Seahawks constructed their secondary.

Long, rangy, physical defensive backs, in particular cornerbacks, make up the Seahawks secondary and now teams are turning their attention to prospects that potentially fit that mold.

At six-feet and 210 pounds Florida State’s Xavier Rhodes carries one of the biggest frames of any cornerback in this year’s draft.

His six-foot-seven-inch wingspan has NFL teams intrigued and Rhodes knows exactly what he posses.

“My strength is my size and my physicality, speed, height.” Rhodes said.

Seahawks cornerbacks Richard Sherman (six-feet-three-inches and 195 pounds) and Brandon Browner (six-feet-four-inches and 221 pounds) comprise the biggest cornerback duo in the NFL.

They helped Seattle to the league’s best scoring defense at 15.3 points per game.

Coming from one of the nation’s finest defenses, Rhodes thinks the system at Florida State has prepared him well for the next level.

“At Florida State all we played was press on defense. Going to the NFL and seeing teams do a lot of press, I feel good doing it,” Rhodes said.

During his time in Tallahassee, Rhodes was a freshman All-American in 2010 and was a three-year starter for the Seminoles.

NFL analyst Mike Mayock considers Rhodes a second round pick with the flexibility to potentially move to safety.

Rhodes was impressive at the combine, leading all defensive backs with a 40.5” vertical jump.

Cornerbacks in the NFL could be changing to a different physical stature but one thing that remains the same is the confidence needed to survive on an island.

“Of course I’m going to say I’m the best,” Rhodes said of where he ranks among the 2013 cornerback class.

“If I don’t have confidence in myself no one else will. I feel like I’m the best here right now. I meet all the measureables: big, strong, fast, physical. I feel like I’m the best here.”

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