Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of pieces previewing the NFL Draft. We'll have some more detailed scouting pieces as the draft nears as well, but these pieces will serve as a brief introduction to key players at different positions of need for Indianapolis.- KJR
This is the second installment of a series that is meant to bring awareness to some players the Colts should be looking at in the 2014 NFL Draft. These pieces are not done in any specific order. I just hope to go over all the holes the Colts do have. In case you missed it, here’s last week’s piece on wide receivers. This week, the position of focus is inside linebacker.
Some might question if this position is actually thin for the Colts, but I’d argue it is. Jerrell Freeman has been quite the catch, but outside of him the position is filled with question marks. Pat Angerer and Kavell Conner are both at the top of the linebacker core, but Angerer is an unrestricted free agent and Conner is a restricted free agent. Besides, the Colts need to find a solid long-term player to be next to Freeman. Angerer can’t seem to stay healthy, and the other linebackers are serviceable players, but they haven’t proven to be starting material.
Inside linebacker isn’t the deepest of all positions in the draft. The overall consensus is that there are only about six inside linebackers that are expected to go one of the first five rounds. These are the four players that stand out to me and could possibly become a Colt.
Disclaimer: I did not create, nor do I own the highlight videos. I simply tried to find the best video to showcase the skills of these young players. If the selected music is not to your taste, I suggest muting the video and playing some of your own music. Also, finding highlight videos of linebackers isn’t as easy compared to finding them for wide receivers. Some of these will be highlights from just one game, but hopefully you can get the feel for the player from the game.