Pre-Draft Needs: CB, DE, G
Round 1-Jerry Hughes/DE - This position was a huge need considering the Colts
like to rotate their defensive ends. Hughes should wind up being the first end
off the bench this season.
Round 2-Pat Angerer/LB - Linebacker wasn't really a need, but the talented
defensive player figures to back up starting MLB Gary Brackett this season. It
will be interesting to see where Angerer lines up long-term since Brackett
signed a new deal in March.
Round 3-Kevin Thomas/CB - Cornerback was probably their biggest need coming into
this year's draft. Thomas, had he not gotten hurt during a recent minicamp
practice, would have competed for a role in their dime defense. Now, he may miss
his entire rookie season.
Round 4-Jacques McClendon/G - The Colts could use a developmental interior
offensive lineman. McClendon fits that profile well. He has a decent shot to
make the final roster coming out of the preseason as their fourth guard.
Round 5-Brody Eldridge/TE - He was one of the best blocking tight ends available
for this year's draft. Look for Eldridge to play in two-tight end sets.
Round 7-Ricardo Mathews/DT - While he only started one season in college,
Mathews has a ton of upside. He's the kind of developmental prospect who could
push for a significant role down the line.
Round 7-Kavell Conner/LB - Because of his size, Conner projects more to WLB than
SLB in the Colts' defensive scheme.
Round 7-Ray Fisher/CB - The Colts aren't very deep at this position, so Fisher
has a chance to latch on as the fifth cornerback.
Defensive End - With veteran DL Raheem Brock out of the picture, the Colts
need to replace his close to 800 defensive snaps from last season. Hughes will
replace some of it on the outside, but Brock's inside nickel role still needs to