If you’re like any of the other dozens of Colts fans I know, you’ve had the conversation about the looming Manning-Luck dilemma, which really doesn’t feel like a dilemma at all.
For those of you looking for Colts only draft coverage, this isn’t your article. If you’d like to read about how I think the first-round of the draft plays out for every team, this is your article.
I’ll update this as we move closer to the draft and hopefully we can get other writers and readers to contribute to this project.
Draft order is based on this URL from ESPN”s Stats & Information: http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcwest/post/_/id/54347/2012-nfl-draft-order-thru-week-14-top-15. The top 16 can be mathematically calculated. Each pick after that is determined by guessing their final spot and will be calculated accordingly.
Here’s the rundown of the current predictions in case you don’t want to read the entire story:
1. Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck – Quarterback – Stanford
-Replacing Peyton Manning, regardless as to how that happens, is going to be difficult. Picking Andrew Luck in this position, however, is not.
2. St. Louis Rams – Matt Kalil – Offensive Tackle – Southern California (Note: Kalil has yet to make a decision regarding his remaining eligibility)
– If you’ve watched any St. Louis games this year, they need offensive line help. Bad.
3. Minnesota Vikings – Justin Blackmon – Wide Receiver – Oklahoma State
– A case could be made for a lot of players here, but if Kalil is off the board, I think Minnesota has to be thinking wide receiver here.
4. (+1) Washington Redskins – Matt Barkley – Quarterback – Southern California (Note: Barkley has yet to make a decision about coming back next year.)
– With the stable of running backs presumably healthy here, Washington should look to relieve themselves of the John Beck/ Rex Grossman debacle.
5. (+1) Carolina Panthers – Morris Claiborne – Cornerback – Louisiana State
– There is almost no thought here in picking Claiborne. The teams above have more offensive struggles to worry about. Carolina does not.
6. (+1) Cleveland Browns – Trent Richardson – Running Back – Oklahoma
– Obviously, the tension that Colt McCoy and Peyton Hillis have created this year could cost them their jobs. Hillis isn’t on the books, so…
6a. Indianapolis Colts – Brandon Thompson – Defensive Tackle – Clemson
– I think the first time I wrote this, I got lost. Indianapolis, if they trade Manning and get Cleveland’s pick, should draft a defensive tackle here. No, Quinton Coples is not a defensive tackle. He doesn’t even weigh 300 pounds. He’s a rush end. Stop talking about picking him. We have those.
7. (+1) Miami Dolphins – Robert Griffin III – Quarterback – Baylor
– While I understand that Matt Moore has “steadied the helm” after losing Chad Henne, Robert Griffin III makes the most sense for this franchise. He should be a very good NFL quarterback.
8. (-4) Jacksonville Jaguars – Alshon Jeffery – Wide Receiver – South Carolina
– I’ve seen conversations saying the Jaguars should draft quarterback. I disagree. They need a receiver. I’d say it’s really a tie between Michael Floyd and Alshon Jeffery, but since Jeffery is already down south, you know, logically that makes sense, man. Right?
9. (+1) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Luke Kuechly – Inside Linebacker – Boston College
– Tampa Bay’s defense has struggled all year due to some players not working out and injuries.
10. (+2) Kansas City Chiefs – Vontaze Burfict – Inside Linebacker – Arizona State
– Kansas City’s got a great team, injuries just hurt them this year. They’ve got Tamba Hali, so no need for Coples to go here.
11. (-3) Philadelphia Eagles – Quinton Coples – Defensive End – North Carolina
– There are no questions about his tangibles. There are, however, questions about his work ethic and motor. Consider Philadelphia the Island of Misfit Toys.
12. (+1) Buffalo Bills – Dre Kirkpatrick – Cornerback – Alabama
– I bet you can’t name one Buffalo cornerback. I bet you can now.
13. Arizona Cardinals – Riley Reiff – Offensive Tackle – Iowa
– If a quarterback needs anything, it’s time. Reiff helps make this happen.
14. Seattle Seahawks – Landry Jones – Quarterback – Oklahoma
– Pete Carroll would love to get his hands on Landry Jones. I mean that in a non-Sandusky way.
15. San Diego Chargers – Melvin Ingram – Defensive End/ Outside Linebacker – South Carolina
– A replacement for Shawn Merriman? Yes, please.