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 be filled.