CA draft guru Olly Dawes returns with a full Colts mock draft.
2nd Round – Terrence Brooks, S, Florida State
I was torn between Brooks and his FSU team mate Lamarcus Joyner here – in the end, I went with the more natural fit at safety in Brooks rather than the versatility of Joyner. Brooks is a centre field safety who has shown excellent instincts in coverage. His range allows his to bait quarterbacks into throws, and he has the closing speed to make plays on the ball. He hasn’t come up with enough interceptions though, and will need to work on his hands, but having seen the Colts safeties struggle in coverage last season, someone like Brooks would be a welcome addition.
3rd Round – Philip Gaines, CB, Rice
I’m not sure Gaines – nor my other ideas of Pierre Desir or Bashaud Breeland – will be available here but in a deep class, you never know. The Colts should definitely spend a high pick on a corner. Greg Toler is unreliable – both in his play and with his health – and there is little depth behind him. Gaines blew up the combine with a stunning display in the 40 yard dash, but he shows ability on tape too. He needs a little coaching up, which is what Chuck Pagano’s speciality is (supposedly), but he flashes athleticism and playmaking ability, playing a ton of man and press coverages. A similar write up could be made for Desir or Breeland, who also fit the Colts’ scheme well.
5th Round – Aaron Lynch, DE, South Florida
I posted on Twitter tonight that Lynch is frustrating in the sense that he could go in the second round or in the seventh. The flashes of talent are there, but they are only flashes, whilst off-field concerns will also work against him. However, Lynch shows explosion and speed when rushing the passer, and can do it as a 3-4 end, 4-3 end or 3-4 ‘elephant’. The Colts need more pass rushing depth as Robert Mathis can’t go on forever, and at this stage, Lynch would be a low risk move – but again, will he be there?
6th Round – Kevin Danser, OG, Stanford
Duhhhhh Colts, Stanford, yada yada. The Colts need depth on the offensive line, particularly in interior. Danser will know the scheme used under Pep Hamilton, but also showed functional strength and leverage in the run game, as well as the ability to get out in space and block at the second level. His pass protection isn’t spot on by any stretch of the imagination, but Danser would provide much needed depth behind the likes of Donald Thomas and Hugh Thornton.
7th Round – Willie Snead, WR, Ball State
I know a lot of you want a receiver earlier, but I just feel there are more pressing concerns – particularly in the secondary. However, I came across Willie Snead when watching Ball State QB Keith Wenning, and Snead flashed repeatedly. He isn’t the biggest or fastest receiver in the draft, but he has good hands, the ability to work in traffic and effort to fight for yards after the catch. There may not be a ton of upside there with Snead, but his ability to win contested catches could make him stick on an NFL roster. The Colts were in attendance as Snead put on an impressive Pro Day today.