INDIANAPOLIS – We are still about three months away from the 2015 NFL Draft but the mock drafts are starting to be formed.
Here we take a look at a handful of mocks from around the web.
It should be noted that virtually all of these mocks came before the announcement of Duron Carter joining the Colts (just something to keep in mind while looking at the first round choices).
McShay's Analysis: Admittedly, this is a bit early for Harold to come off the board. We have a second-round grade on him, but he is a good fit for the Colts' defense as a 3-4 outside linebacker and he offers good upside as a pass-rusher. He's raw but has the length, flexibility and closing burst to develop into a good all-around player, and he was productive at Virginia (15.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and two interceptions his last two years at Virginia). He'd help the Colts get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks -- something they need -- and would benefit from playing alongside veteran Robert Mathis.
Burke's Analysis: Peters' standing heading into the draft will be fascinating to track. The one-time Washington star, kicked off the team midseason, is at least on par with Waynes -- and probably above him -- in terms of pure talent. Is that enough to offset the other issues? The Colts might gamble. Few teams could rival a Vontae Davis-Peters CB duo (with Greg Toler as a steady No. 3).
Brooks' Analysis: Character concerns could make this a dicey pick, but Green-Beckham would give Andrew Luck a dynamic WR1 to target.
Analysis: The Colts go after some offensive front help and get this athletic tackle from Miami in Flowers.
Schrager's Analysis: Vontae Davis and Greg Toler were arguably the best cornerback duo during the regular season, though they didn't get nearly the national recognition as the combos in New England and Seattle received. Peters would be a nice addition to an already good defensive backfield. Skill-wise, Peters could be the top corner in this draft. But there are some red flags, as he was dismissed from the team after arguing with assistant coaches in November. Some teams may shy away from that; others will like the edge. He's a first-round pick.
Rang's Analysis: The 45-7 thumping by New England in the AFC Championship exposed Indianapolis' need for more playmakers to support Andrew Luck. The trade for Trent Richardson didn't pay off and while the Colts have since received solid play from Dan Herron (among others), the opportunity to add a special runner like Gordon would have to be intriguing. The Heisman finalist, who rushed for a staggering 2,587 yards and 29 touchdowns in 2014, is an electric runner with breakaway speed.