(SportsNetwork.com) – The Colts rightfully believe they are on the verge of
Super Bowl glory and their window projects to last longer than just about any
other NFL team as long as Andrew Luck is under center.
That said there are still some issues that need to be dealt with. Protecting
Luck is paramount and Indianapolis could use additional help on the offensive
line ,while the team’s biggest need from a talent perspective is at safety
where limited veterans Mike Adams and Dwight Lowery are currently penciled in.
Two safeties should be in play with the 29th overall pick, Alabama’s Landon
Collins and Arizona State’s Damarious Randall. Collins was perceived to go
much higher earlier in the process but it seems like teams are concerned with
his lack of coverage skills and there’s is a chance he drops. Meanwhile,
Randall is small for the position but like Collins has an in-the-box, extra
linebacker mind-set and his effort level, athleticism and pure toughness has
caught the eye of NFL scouts.
If neither safety catches Ryan Grigson’s eye, offensive tackle could be the
fallback with players like Ereck Flowers of Miami-Florida, D.J. Humphries of
Florida or T.J. Clemmings of Pitt on the radar.
2014 Record: 11-5
Top Needs: S, OL, RB
First Three Picks: No. 29, No. 61, No. 93
Number of Selections: 9 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7)
RECENT FIRST ROUND HISTORY: 2014 – none; 2013 – Bjoern Werner (DE/OLB, Florida
State); 2012 – Andrew Luck (QB, Stanford); 2011 – Anthony Castonzo (OT, Boston
College); 2010 – Jerry Hughes (DE, TCU); 2009 – Donald Brown (RB,
Connecticut); 2008 – none; 2007 – Anthony Gonzalez (WR, Ohio State); 2006 –
Joseph Addai (RB, LSU); 2005 – Marlin Jackson (CB, Michigan)