INDIANAPOLIS – Mock Drafts never disappoint for entertainment.
In our third installment of looking at mocks from around the NFL, there's one clear position pinpointed for the Colts at pick No. 29. Also, there's one player that Colts fans would love to see fall to the end of the first round.
Here's our look at who the pundits have pegged for the Colts with the draft just over a month away:
Analysis: It's tempting to look at the defensive line here because the need is pretty obvious, but at this point Clemmings becomes extremely attractive because the potential is so significant. In terms of raw tools you're looking at maybe the best physical package in the draft for a future NFL left tackle. But Clemmings is a converted basketball player, a major physical talent who can be exposed by pass-rushers who have a few tricks. The Colts are OK on the left side but could definitely use another tackle in the portfolio and just talent, period, on an offensive line that took a step forward in 2014 but isn't close to a top unit.
Analysis: An upgrade at center, but also could play guard or tackle in a pinch.
Analysis: The Colts need to reboot their offensive line to become a physical unit capable of taking down the premier defenses in the AFC. Erving is a versatile blocker with the skills to play multiple spots along the front line.
Analysis: The Colts added some huge pieces in free agency with the additions of running back Frank Gore, wide receiver Andre Johnson, defensive tackle Kendall Langford, and pass rusher Trent Cole. Linebacker/safety Shaq Thompson is still out there but with this pick Indy goes offense with the versatile Cameron Erving from Florida State. He can play every position on the offensive front.
Analysis: The Indianapolis Colts handed Gosder Cherilus a five-year, $35 million contract before the 2013 season in hopes that he could become the bookend to Anthony Castonzo as the team loaded up the edge to protect Andrew Luck. However, Cherilus has been a disappointment—an expensive disappointment—and the Colts must look to improve the position. To find that man, they can go back to Luck's alma mater. Andrus Peat has the length, size and athleticism to play left tackle, but the power to start at right tackle immediately. He's an attacker, a finisher and has the skill in the run game to open up the Colts' offense. Additionally, he can move well enough to make the Indianapolis pocket a mobile one for the excellent athlete at quarterback.
Analysis: Powerful run blocker could elevate Indy's struggling run game and, with any luck, might develop into watchdog for fellow Cardinal Andrew Luck on left side.
Analysis: As a coverage safety, Collins isn't simply Mark Barron 2.0. He can mirror tight ends in man coverage and is strong enough to stick with them when they get physical in their routes. He'll struggle some against quicker slot wide receivers, though, and teams shouldn't rely on him in that role. He's much better when he can play deep coverage and react to the ball and break on it. While he'll have to improve his instincts, Collins has the athleticism to cover for it for now. He will bite on the play action, though. Against the run, Collins is really good at flying up the field and making a tackle. He rarely misses taking down the ball carrier and has good technique on his tackles. Was utilized on Alabama's coverage teams.
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: Wow, I thought I was clicking on the same mock draft over and over again after compiling this list. I definitely didn't see the run on offensive linemen coming from so many different places. Let's break up this version of the mock draft into the three positions we've seen selected. The offensive tackle spot had three choices from mock drafts. Obviously, first-round picks are expected to start/play significantly as rookies. That probably won't be the case if Gosder Cherilus is healthy heading into the season. Is a first-round pick at the tackle position worth it, if that player is going to ride the bench as a rookie? The center spot with Cameron Erving makes more sense, if you choose to go with an offensive line selection. A center taken in the first round would clearly come in and immediately compete for a starting spot. That interior player should have the ability to slide over to a guard spot, too. The mock draft with Landon Collins falling to pick No. 29 is by far the furthest I've seen him appear in any mock draft. You would have to think if Collins is still on the board in the early-to-mid 20s, that's going to perk some serious trade interest with him being the consensus top safety in this class. Could Collins really drop all the way to No. 29 and give the Colts a starting safety next to Mike Adams?