Last week, I put together a scouting guide for Colts' fans while watching the 2013 Senior Bowl, noting a few players on both teams, offensive and defensive, that would be potential targets for the Colts in the draft.
With the game now behind us, here are a few of my favorite senior targets for the Colts.
WR Quintin Patton– The Louisiana Tech receiver was arguably the best wideout all week, impressing scouts with his hips and quick feet. Patton runs precise routes, and has the height to win jump balls at 6'2". If the Colts are looking for a starting receiver in this year's draft, Patton may be as good of a choice as any in the first round.
WR Chris Harper– This physical Cal receiver has been compared to Anquan Boldin all week by numerous scouts. After watching Boldin dominate the Colts during the wild card round, you can't help but think about the possibilities. A physical guy like that would be a perfect foil to T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne. Harper has had an impressive week, but the former Kansas State Wildcat could be a great value pick in the fourth or fifth round.
G Larry Warford– Warford isn't going to be a great pass protecting guard, nor would he be ideal in an offense that uses a lot of pulling action, but if the Colts are trying to build toward a power running offense with the West Coast offense, Warford can be a mauler. He's a huge guy at 6'3", 343 lbs, and could be around in the third round depending on how the combine goes.
C Brian Schwenke– The center class isn't strong in this draft class, and Schwenke isn't even the best of the bunch. But, the center from Cal had a great week, and impressed just about everybody there. If he's still on the boards after round four, the Colts could take a look at him, using him at either center or guard in coming seasons.
DE/OLB Datone Jones- Jones was the big winner for pass rushers this week, but likely still is a late first rounder. The UCLA pass rusher is a power rusher, and has the strength and an effective bull rush to get to the passer. He was the only pass rusher to give the impressive OT Eric Fisher problems, and would be a better run defender than the Colts' previous pass rushers.
DT Kawaan Short– The Purdue defensive tackle was being mocked in the second and third rounds before an incredible week has many draftniks putting him solidly in the first round. If the Colts are looking to improve the defensive line early in this draft, Short is a player who may be able to play either nose tackle or defensive end. He dominated in both pass rush and in the run game this week, and would be an excellent piece for the future of the 3-4 in Indianapolis.
CB Robert Alford- Alford is a small school corner, hailing from Southeast Louisiana, who made a name for himself in the Senior Bowl. He impressed scouts throughout the week as a well-rounded player, and showed his return skills with an 88-yard kick return to start the game. Alford is known to have strong press coverage skills, with great agility in coverage down the field. He's been projected as a third rounder, but if he stays on the current path, he may may be gone by the time the Colts' 3rd round pick comes around.
CB Desmond Trufant– My personal favorite for an early secondary pick, the Washington corner played himself into the first round with a great week. If the Colts want to go with a corner in the first round, he's my choice at number 24. He can play man, would startimmediately, and would help solidify the secondary with Vernon Davis. He showed great hustle by running down Alford on the game's opening kickoff.
CB Leon McFadden– McFadden is another small school guy, from San Diego State. He's not as big as you would ideally want, but he's got great ball skills to make up for it and is extremely fluid in and out of his breaks. He could be a solid 3rd-4th round pick for the Colts.
S Jonathan Cyprien– The only problem with Cyprien is that he likely will fall in the second round, where the Colts' pick has been given to Miami in exchange for Vontae Davis as part of the early season trade. If he fell to the Colts' third round pick, I would be ecstatic with the Colts picking him up to replace Tom Zbikowski. Cyprien showed his energy all week both in coverage and run support, and his energy on the field would be a great change of pace after watching Zibby and Joe Lefeged all year.
So, those are my favorite seniors who participated this past week. But, not all of the seniors participated this week, and that doesn't even begin to get into the juniors.
Who are your favorite targets for the Colts? The Colts Authority staff will soon dig into our draft coverage, but before we do, we'd like to hear from you.
Who do you want to see the Colts look at, and why?