INDIANAPOLIS – The 2015 mock drafts have finally come to a close (I think).
After months of predicting and projecting, we will finally see the real thing unfold from Thursday-Saturday.
Our final mock draft look around the league is below:
Analysis: The Colts have needs at offensive tackle, safety and defensive tackle, but in this scenario Harold represents a good value who would also provide needed depth at the edge rusher spot. Harold isn't a finished product -- his instincts and recognition skills are just average and he's an inconsistent tackler -- but he has good upside as a pass-rusher with his length and quickness, and he flashed the ability to convert speed to power for the Cavs.
Analysis: Collins is the unquestioned top safety in 2015, but he is susceptible to a fall on draft day because he is better in run support than coverage. That would be music to the ears of the Colts, who need a physical presence like Collins in the secondary.
Analysis: Flowers can come in and start right away at right tackle.
Analysis: Speaking of dubious right tackle situations, say hello to the Colts. With Landon Collins being long off the board, a player like Flowers would be a coup.
Analysis: Randall's my guy rising fast up draft boards and that's because of his versatility. He played corner at Arizona State and had a lot of success. He is built like a safety. He also had a great workout in Arizona for many pro scouts back during the NFL's Owners meetings. Buzz has been high on this guy for a while.
Analysis: I always wonder about an Alabama guy when Ozzie Newsome passes on him. But Collins' slide probably deserves to end right around here. He's one of the most versatile players in this draft, having played both safety positions, cornerback and key roles on special teams. Good tackler, very instinctive, classic Nick Saban leader of the secondary. The Colts will be able to use him at several spots and can use his defensive playmaking ability.
MOCK DRAFT TOTALS
In each installment of the mock draft looks we will total up all the positions pundits have pegged for the Colts throughout the draft process.
Bowen's Analysis: The hype is coming to a crescendo. Mock drafts have reached their fifth, sixth and seventh editions. The final installment of our mock draft look has two consistent positions pegged for the Colts at No. 29. Ironically enough, these positions are the two that Owner Jim Irsay mentioned on Friday night as still areas of need. Let's start with safety, where Landon Collins is dropping in mock drafts. While I still would be surprised if he dropped all the way to No. 29, some pundits see that happening. Ryan Grigson spoke very highly of the Alabama safety last week. Selecting Collins would be the first time in team history the Colts have taken a first safety in the opening round. The other position we see a couple of times above is offensive tackle. Now, several mocks don't have Ereck Flowers lasting until pick No. 29. If Gosder Cherilus is healthy (scheduled to be back by June), then is an OT in the first round a good value pick? For a team just a few pieces away from reaching the pinnacle, adding a player who would likely play just a handful of special teams snaps a game (in 2015) doesn't seem to be a good option. I still point to other needs (mainly on the defensive side of the ball), if Cherilus can return to full health. It's clear in our five collections of mock drafts the need to "Protect 12" from a national perspective carries plenty of momentum.