Written by Andrew Aziz of Everything-Colts.com
1st Overall Pick (1st Round)
Andrew Luck – Quarterback – Stanford
This pick is a no brainer. Andrew Luck is not only the best QB in college right now, but he’s one of the best prospects in recent memory. He’s been considered to be the next Peyton Manning. He’s the obvious choice, and coincidentally this will be the 2nd time where a 1st year GM will have the first overall pick, and the top player is a QB. The last time it happened was in 1998 with Peyton Manning. Luck possesses a great arm that includes great strength, top-notch accuracy, great mobility, he’s smart and he reads defenses. He’s one of the best college prospects in the last 25 years. This is one of the safest picks you could make.
34th Overall Pick (2nd Round)
Jayron Hosley – Cornerback – Virginia Tech
The Colts need to spend a high draft pick on a cornerback. The secondary was horrible this year, and it’s not good if the Colts only have one good cornerback in Jerraud Powers. They need another good corner who can shutdown number 2 targets. Even if the Colts get an outside cornerback, they can move Hosley to the inside and he could become a very good nickel back. He can play a lot of positions. Cornerback is one of the biggest positions of need on the Colts, and getting Hosley would make it less of a need. Hosley is projected to go in the early 2nd round, so this is the right pick. The Colts biggest need (or arguably) is the cornerback spot. Kelvin Hayden was released last year and Tryon was gone during the season They need some bodies there and some quality. He’s quick and had a nice year. The intriguing part about him is that he has a ton of upside, which is something that interests many teams, including the Colts.
65th Overall Pick (3rd Round)
A.J Jenkins – Wide Receiver – Illinois
The Colts are thin at receiver even with the addition of Donnie Avery and Reggie Wayne only has 3 years left in his career. Time to find a future #1 or #2 guy that can play right now. A.J Jenkins had a fantastic year with Illinois as he accumulated 1,276 yards with 9 touchdowns. He had a great year with an average QB. He could come in and become a good #2 WR. If he put those numbers with an average QB, imagine what he could do with Andrew Luck, the best QB in college football. He’s an average sized receiver with average speed, but he gets the job done. He has good hands and is a good route runner, kind of like Reggie Wayne... Jenkins was originally thought to have gone in the 4th round, but his good combine has made his stock rise.
98th Overall Pick (4th Round)
Michael Egnew – Tight End – Missouri
The Colts currently have no tight ends. Their current starting tight end is Brody Eldridge. With the loss of Clark and Tamme, they need a tight end badly; you can even make the case that it’s their biggest need. Andrew Luck loves his tight ends, he always went to them in college. With that being said, Egnew is a great pick here. It’s a good value pick and he’s a good possession tight end which should help out Andrew Luck a lot.
129th Overall Pick (5th Round)
Brandon Brooks – Offensive Guard – Miami University (Ohio)
The Colts have good depth in the interior of the line, but at RG especially, they have no clear-cut starter. Brandon Brooks is a very underrated guard, who could go higher than the 5th round. He is a tough strong kid who has good footwork. He reminds me of a Jahri Evans or young Brian Waters. He has that kind of potential. If the Colts draft him, he would probably become the RG, and stay there for many years. This makes the OG spot officially a “no-need.”
163rd Overall Pick (5th Round) (Compensatory Pick)
Akiem Hicks – Nose Tackle – Regina University (Canada)
I little weird to wait until the 5th round to address a big need like the NT spot. With that being said, look no further than one of the biggest sleepers in the middle rounds: Akiem Hicks. No one knows about him because he played in Canada, but the skill set is there. He’s a big guy who has good speed. He really impressed at the East-West Shrine Game practices and impressed many with his impressive 1 on 1 interviews. It should be noted that he played for LSU before leaving in January 2010. He has all the physical tools to be a starter in this league, and he has a good attitude too.
200th Overall Pick (6th Round) (Compensatory Pick)
Chris Owusu – Wide Receiver – Stanford
This is a perfect fit. He’s a deep threat and has some good speed. Oh, and he played with Andrew Luck at Stanford, so the two have a great bond. Owusu is a good route runner who is willing to catch the ball in traffic and over the middle. He has a bad history with injuries and in the last 2 years, he’s had two below average seasons. He could come in to the Colts and fight with Blair White for the #3 receiver spot. A good trait about Owusu is that he is a dangerous kick returner, which could be great for the Colts, because they suck on special teams. Having Minnfield as the punt returner and Owusu as the kick returner.
202st Overall Pick (7th Round)
Emanuel Davis – Cornerback – East Carolina
Emanuel Davis is the best cornerback on East Carolina. On paper, he’s not a very good cornerback, and may not even get drafted, but the fact of the matter is, he’s gone up against some really good wide receivers like Alshon Jeffrey and AJ Green. He’s slightly undersized, but he has pretty good speed and some good instincts. He’s a better prospect than his stock shows; the only reason he’s projected to go in the later rounds is because he had a run-in with the law so it hurt his stock. I personally think he has 5th round talent, so the Colts would be getting a 5th round player in the 7th round. This kid has some good upside.
208th Overall Pick (7th Round) (From Jaguars via Jets)
Antwon Bailey – Running Back – Syracuse
The Colts could use a nice running back, and even though they have 3 running backs in Brown, Carter and Evans, Bailey could definitely beat out Evans and even his buddy Delone Carter. Another reason why the Colts should draft Bailey is that he would bring a different kind of style of running to the Colts. He is the “poor man’s” Maurice Jones-Drew as Bailey is small and runs with power. He also reminds me of Jacquizz Rodgers, and I’d like to have a Jacquizz Rodgers like player on the team. Tbe only downside with him is that he’s very slow, but he plays with power. I think it’s worth a shot and he and Darren Evans should fight for the last running back spot.
247th Overall Pick (7th Round) (Compensatory Pick)
Adrien Cole – Inside Linebacker – Louisiana Tech
The Colts lost Phillip Wheeler to the Raiders and they essentially have no depth at the ILB spot. Adrien Cole is pretty athletic and is a good tackler. He isn’t anything special, and he’ll probably become a backup, but that’s what the Colts need, they need depth, not starters at the ILB spot. Adrien Cole is Mr. Irrelevant.
I admire the effort but I would be very unhappy with this draft. There's no way Jayron Hosley will be our best option in the 2nd. We do need CB help desperately but this draft has enough options where we should be able to get a quality corner in the 3rd or 4th. Jenkins I dont hate but again, I'll be appalled if he's the first pick of the 3rd round.
All in all you have the Colts needs right and I think I'm with you in that I'm not particularly adamant about the order they address them but I think you're way off on your picks and their value.
This is very unrealistic. Jayron Horsely isn't going anywhere close to that high, Brandon Brooks will be LONG gone by that time, as will Owusu. Jenkins is pretty over-rated, though that might be about where he goes. Egnew is the only guy I both like and think will ge where this draft puts him (other than Luck, of course). Hicks might be worth the gamble, and for a rebuilding team the colts have a whole lot of leadership.
I've not taken the time to look deeply into Pagano's system BUT from what I can remember from when we used to destroy the Ravens, it wasnt as if they EVER had good corners...they had great safety, linebacker and front play but NEVER good corners. I'll be shocked if we spend our second pick on a corner. We have a plethora of young guys who played for first time last season. Give em a chance I say.
I would prefer WR Randle or LB Hightower with the 2nd round pick. Get CB Chase Minnifield in round 3 or 4.
Yeah I think there is better value at #2 than Hosley for us, he could be had mid to late 2nd easily. I would not mind taking a chance on Owusu in the 6th, decent enough talent, 6th round picks are the time to take gambles. I do like AJ Jenkins.
Not big on this draft at all. I wouldn't touch Owusu because of his concussions. 34 is a reach for Hosely. I don't like Egnew because there are huge questions about his drive. Jenkins is ok in the third, but I doubt Brooks lasts until the 5th. I do like all the seventh round selections thought.
I DON'T KNOW WHO IS RIGHT WITH THE DRAFT ORDER, ESPN OR ANDY'S ORDER ESPN SHOW'S
FROM THE 3RD RD DOWN # 64 97 136 170 206 208 214 253
(ANDY SHOW'S) 65 98,129,163,200,202,208,247 I DON'T THINK ANDY HAS THE RIGHT
WHAT DO YOU THINK.................................
I think this is a good suggestion. It seems to me like there have been some changes during your process. Especially because of this line "Having Minnfield as the punt returner and Owusu as the kick returner" - you don't have us taking Minnifield.
@gbearrin why do you think Jenkins is overrated and where do you think he belongs, just wondering. Also what is he lacking and where do you think he can improve.
@Platinum Just signed their current corner Ladrius Webb to a big contract, I think he was a 2nd or 3rd round pick, they also spent a top pick 1st round I believe on a CB in Jimmy Smith last year, I would not say it is impossible at all. They have had decent CB's through the years, none super great but recently they have been investing in that area more.
@vanderi Hightower will be gone, and yeah that is a better option than over selecting Hosley. Don't get me wrong Hosley could turnout to be a very good player, but you never know, he struggled after injury, he showed he has the speed, but has to get back to the form he had been playing.
@jbuck41 Oh and for the later rounds, I just failed to update them after the compensatory picks were announced. They're right actually.
@jbuck41 My order is that way because I include the Saints 2nd round pick as being a pick. Even though they don't have one, I still count them as "having a pick" We're both right, and I'll change that next time.
@paulcareyjr @gbearrin Not impressed with his size or his speed-- I think his combine 40 was way faster than he plays. I don't think that he will ever be more that a #2/ possible slot guy in the NFL-- which is fine. I think early third round is an OK spot for him, but I just don't think that I want the Colts to draft him.
@paulcareyjr It's hard to find rookie corners who come in and flatout beast. My point is: with the severity of needs we have, corners probably one of those positions we can count ourselves fortunate enough to have bodies in. I think we take a NT or WR or TE with 2nd pick.
@paulcareyjr Webb wasnt always this good. When we played them in his rookie year, the only thing he had going for him was his KR abilities...I remember 18 turning him to grilled meat out there. Our guys are young but I think they have potential and they've had the benefit of getting thrown at...a lot. That's priceless experience. I think they make a jump this year.
@paulcareyjr I also think his route running is very over rated. He's so smooth he's "smooove" but I don't think he's very sharp-- he doesn't sink his hips at all on many of his "breaks"--really, he just kinda hunches over-- he got away with it quite a bit because he's sudden, and has super quick feet. Just watch him vs. Purdue; I am pretty sure the scheme and Scheelhaase made him look like the best WR in the B1G.
@gbearrin Ok, yeah I think his 40 is faster than his game speed, but I did think he got decent separation on routes, and has good hands, and yeah I could see him as a good #2, not a #1 type guy though, just not explosive enough for me, but he did have a 38.5 inch vertical I believe, I think his low will be a solid #2, but yeah you never know.
@Platinum Yeah, I think unless you are getting a DB in the top 15 there is a small chance they will come out and start at one of the wing spots automatically, and even then it is not a give, but drafting DB's that have potential to be #1 guys is not out of the question here.
I also think the guys we have are young with potential and we should see what they can do, I think their performance last year was not a good reflection of their abilities, but more of scheme. I would like to see what Pagano can do with these guys when he gets his hands on them, I know he is not the secondary coach, but I have to think he will try to help a lot in their development.
I also think taking the best player available is how I would go, just kind of sucks I think it will be a guy a the DE position where I do not think we will need as much help, but I would love if Fleener fell to us, and I would rather go WR in the 3rd than 2nd. So much talent and I think with these guys depth throughout and a decent one should fall to us in the 3rd or beyond, either Sanu, Jenkins, Jeffery, Toon, Mcnutt, there are just a ton of guys.