[caption id="attachment_12841" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Drake Nevis tackling Mark Ingram. (Kevin C. Cox | Getty Images)"]Drake Nevis_LSU
Heading into the 2011 NFL Draft, the fans reached a consensus that the team's biggest needs were at offensive tackle, defensive tackle, and safety. In the first two rounds the Colts set out to solidify a struggling offensive line and landed two very high value players at each of the 22nd and 49th picks (they traded the 53rd and 152nd to get the 49th pick). In the third round they did exactly the same, only this time they addressed the interior of the defensive line.
LSU defensive tackle Drake Nevis is talented enough to warrant a mid-second round selection. When he fell to the 87th pick, it was probably rather easy for Indianapolis to grab a player who is big enough, stout enough, and fast enough to be effective as an every down defensive tackle. Of course this does not mean he will be plugged in right away as a starter, typically that does not happen. However, if the Colts are unable to re-sign Antonio "Mookie" Johnson once the new CBA details are hashed out, he may have to.
Either way, this was another excellent pick in what has been a highly productive Colts draft. At this point the team only has their fourth round pick (119) and sixth round pick (188) remaining. If valuable players continue to fall, however, it is certainly not outside the realm of possibility that Bill and Chris Polian would deal mid to late round picks in 2012 to get a player they really want in 2011.
A list of high value players still available heading into the fourth round after the jump.
S - Quinton Carter
S - Ahmad Black
S - Robert Sands
S - DeAndre McDaniel
S - Tyler Sash
S - Joe Lefeged
CB/S - Jalil Brown
LB Casey Mathews
LB Greg Jones