INDIANAPOLIS – Are more young offensive pieces coming to Indianapolis?
That seems to be the consensus among many draft experts around the league after the NFL Combine.
Here's a look at our second installment of mock drafts for the Colts:
Analysis: The Colts did a good job of adding immediate impact even without a first-round pick in the 2014 draft. And while they saw improvement along the offensive line last season, it's still a below-average pass protection unit and a group that could better help the run game be more consistent. The Colts could go a few directions here, but Collins would be a nice value as arguably the best run-blocker in the draft (next to Scherff) at offensive tackle, and a guy that I believe has the ability to remain at tackle and be a good one (even as I know some project him to end up at guard). Creating a situation where they truly have a balanced offense would pay dividends for the defense, too, and Collins can help in that respect.
Analysis: The Colts have to shore up their offensive line issues and keep Andrew Luck cleaner than they've been able to in the quarterback's first three difference-making NFL seasons. Collins has the versatility and the pedigree to handle an early starting role.
Analysis: The 45-7 thumping by New England in the AFC Championship Game exposed Indianapolis' need for more playmakers to support Andrew Luck. The trade for Trent Richardson did not 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.
Analysis: The Colts need to lower the number of hits Andrew Luck has suffered over the last few seasons. Peat has some rough moments on tape, but he has excellent size, quickness and intelligence.
Analysis: You better believe teams are doing their work, checking to see if "DGB" is worth the off-field gamble to get him on the field. At 29? I think it's worth the roll of the dice. Green-Beckham has been arrested twice for marijuana and was dismissed by Missouri after an incident with a woman in his last season there. Green-Beckham had an outstanding week in Indianapolis last week, though. One thing is for sure -- he can play wide receiver. At 6-foot-5, he's got Calvin Johnson measureables and he was open and honest about his decision-making in the past. He just needs the right landing spot. How about lining up alongside TY Hilton and having Andrew Luck throwing him balls? The biggest wildcard in this year's draft, I love the thought of him in Indianapolis.
Analysis: Mauldin was outstanding during the entire week in Mobile. This guy can rush the passer and showed he was pretty good in space and in coverage. Mauldin is a fantastic athlete. He will give the Colts defense a big boost.
Analysis: Two running backs in the first round? What is this, 2012? It's not, but this is the year for a run on running backs in the first round. Two reasons: (1) This isn't a great draft class for top-tier talent (especially on offense); and (2) there are legitimate needs at the position. That sets up well for Todd Gurley (No. 26, Baltimore) and 2,000-yard rusher Melvin Gordon. I'm not completely sold on Gordon's ability to transition to the NFL (he doesn't show great burst or long speed, had six fumbles in his last five games and definitely benefited from the scheme), but he has unquestioned vision, patience and balance as a runner. The Colts need a bell cow, and Gordon is a much better option than Trent Richardson.
Analysis: Running back will certainly be a priority. But assuming Gordon and Gurley are gone, never hurts to give QB Andrew Luck more protection from a promising fellow Stanford product.
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.[
1st Mock Draft Look (February 5) ](http://www.colts.com/news/article-1/An-Early-Look-At-Mock-Drafts-For-The-Colts/95196ee9-48f0-49be-9b66-ec26a6858a98)
Bowen's Analysis: In our second look at mock drafts from around the league, we have a mix of post-combine and pre-combine mocks. There are two clear position trends in the second edition---running back and offensive tackle. Melvin Gordon is the running back of choice in two of the running back mocks this time around. By all accounts, Gordon had a solid Combine and now the question is will he last to No. 29? Many earlier mocks had him in the late teens, early 20s. As far as offensive tackle, Collins from LSU could slide into the interior a la Jack Mewhort. Peat seems to be a guy who could go a bit higher than 29. This looks to be a deeper tackle draft. I think going forward you will see more front seven choices for the Colts in these mocks. In nearly all of the above predictions, a run of defensive linemen/front seven guys came in the second half of the first round.