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With the 2013 Draft just a couple days away, we’re going to take a quick look at a position of perpetual need in today’s NFL. As the arms race to build high-powered passing attacks escalates, so too does the demand for solid cornerbacks, even for the fourth or fifth guy on the depth chart. Last season, the Colts grappled with inadequacies at the position and dealt with several injuries that changed the complexion of their secondary throughout the year.
This offseason, Indianapolis added a starting strong safety in LaRon Landry to replace Tom Zbikowski. They also lost Jerraud Powers, the promising but oft-injured former starter at corner and then signed Greg Toler, a promising but oft-injured former starter at corner from the Cardinals. A healthy nickel backfield of Landry and Antoine Bethea at safety with Toler, Vontae Davis, and Darius Butler at cornerback sounds good enough to get the job done most Sunday afternoons. However, in the NFL, teams must consider the depth (both because of injuries and for defending 4 and 5 wide receiver sets), as well as the future, and if Ryan Grigson sees a cornerback as the best player available in the first round, he could pull the trigger on one.
With all the talented pass rushers projected near the end of the first or beginning of the second round, we have focused quite a bit on OLB’s, DE’s, and, perhaps more because of need, wide receivers as well. Today, let’s take a quick snapshot of a few cornerbacks who could be available when Indianapolis goes on the clock with the 24th pick this Thursday. (continued after the jump)