INDIANAPOLIS – We are less than two weeks away from the NFL Draft commencing in Chicago.
It's time for our fourth mock draft look and this one has an emphasis on the trenches for the Colts in the opening round.
Here's our look at who the draft experts have the Colts taking at No. 29 overall on Thursday, April 30:
Analysis: The Colts have been active in free agency, but I still consider the offensive line a weakness they need to address in the draft. Andrew Luck is going to produce points for them, but they won't maximize what he's capable of if they don't improve their pass protection and create more of a push in the run game. Peat is by no means a complete prospect, but what he does offer is big-time upside as a player who can become a very good NFL left tackle and the ability to start elsewhere on the O-line right away. There's a chance he's off the board in the top-10 range, so he's a great value at this stage.
Analysis: I'd like to give them an offensive lineman here, but there aren't any left worth taking in this scenario. Harold would provide the Colts with a young pass-rusher to develop behind veterans Trent Cole and Robert Mathis, as Bjoern Werner has yet to provide evidence that he'll develop into an impact player. Harold is raw and needs to improve his recognition skills and tackling ability, but he flashes very good upside as a pass-rusher and is also a good run defender.
Analysis: They have issues at center and I think Erving could be a Pro Bowl center down the line. He would make a nice battery mate for Andrew Luck.
Analysis: Protecting Andrew Luck is among the Colts' top priorities.
Analysis: Not a household name yet, but Randall is quietly moving up draft boards across the league. He's had a few good workouts and put on quite a show down in Arizona a few weeks back with a lot of league personnel on hand.
Analysis: Coach Chuck Pagano has talked for years about "building the monster" on defense. But failure to achieve that aim seems to be why he is entering a lame duck season. The 6-4, 336-pound Goldman should cause a few nightmares for opposing blockers.
Analysis: Armstead might not be the nose tackle the Colts need, but he's an incredible athlete for a defensive lineman and has enormous developmental potential. He would be a nice replacement for players like Arthur Jones and Kendall Langford up front.
Analysis: There are those who foresee the versatile Irving being gone long before the Colts' pick rolls around, so maybe that'll make Indy proactive and intent on moving up into the early 20s in pursuit of the ex-Seminole.
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: After an extreme run on offensive linemen for the Colts in our last mock draft installment, the trenches on both sides of the ball gets some love here at pick No. 29. Half of the eight mocks have the Colts taking an offensive lineman. Cameron Erving out of Florida State continues to be a popular choice. He is probably the best true center in this year's class and while that might seem a bit high to take a center, we saw Dallas do that in 2013 with a future Pro Bowler (Travis Frederick, Pick No. 31). We saw two defensive linemen pegged for the Colts in this mock draft look. That's the first time we've seen any defensive linemen going to the Colts. There's no question the Colts could use some defensive line depth at really any of three spots up front. At safety, Arizona State's Damarious Randall is a guy that is rising in mock drafts. Has he done enough to be the second ranked safety and ultimately climb into the first round?
A look from mock drafts around the league of who the Colts might select at pick No. 29.