Nov 10, 2012; Iowa City, IA, USA; Purdue Boilermakers defensive tackle Kawann Short (93) works against Iowa Hawkeyes offensive lineman Conor Boffeli (59) during the third quarter at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Byron Hetzler-USA TODAY Sports
With the season over, it's now Draft season! Mock drafts are being churned out on a daily basis, so here is a quick review of the players that have been mocked to the Colts over the past week.
The Colts' defensive line needs a little bit of work, but there are some great options in the draft, one of which is Kawann Short. As I have written before, Short has worked with current Colts Defensive Line coach Gary Emanuel at Purdue, whilst GM Ryan Grigson remains on great terms with the staff at his alma mater. Jeremiah said “Short's effort has been called into question by some evaluators, but Indianapolis general manager Ryan Grigson played at Purdue and should be able to get to the bottom of that issue.” A great Senior Bowl week has propelled Short into first-round discussion, and he looks to be a good fit to play defensive end in our 3-4 scheme.
Another mock, another defensive line pick for the Colts. Cherepinsky cites that Antonio Johnson's contract is up, as well as the Colts deficiencies in stopping the run as the reason for this pick. Standing at 6ft 4in/358lbs, Jenkins is a man mountain who uses his big frame to clog up running lanes. He looks to be a prototypical 3-4 nose tackle, a position where the Colts need some help. Josh Chapman may return from injury to fulfil his potential, but can we really rely on him just yet?
A personal favourite of mine, Cooper would be an instant upgrade on our offensive line. A great run blocker who possesses quick feet and fantastic athleticism, Cooper has been a key component in the success of Giovani Bernard, the UNC running back. Norris goes on to say “Cooper occasionally loses when attacked face up while in pass protection, but he shines when asked to pull or trap, showing uncanny athleticism out in space. Some schemes might consider him the top guard because of it.”
It's no great secret that the Colts need help at cornerback…badly. Vontae Davis improved towards the end of 2012, but talent across from him was hard to find. Cassius Vaughn was starting when he shouldn't have been, and Jerraud Powers is set for free agency, leaving a big gap in the secondary. Picking at #24, the Colts have a few options at cornerback – Xavier Rhodes (Florida State) and Desmond Trufant (Washington) could be nice scheme fits, but Kiper went with Banks here, saying; “The chance to take the second-best CB in the draft is something that could make sense here. Banks can start early and help this defense.”
With Dwight Freeney seemingly heading for the exit, the Colts need to add another pass rushing option at outside linebacker. Robert Mathis was more the serviceable in an unfamiliar role, but now they need to add somebody else to pressure opposition QB's. Miller slots Alex Okafor in here, a player who had a decent Senior Bowl week and showed impressive hand placement to get after the QB. “Okafor was used out of position often at Texas, but because of that, he had to learn to take on the run and disengage from blocks. Those skills will help him make the move to a standing outside linebacker position in the 3-4.”
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