Draft Preview - Indianapolis Colts
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Chuck Pagano
Chuck Pagano
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Apr 17, 2013


There's a lot to smile about if you are the Indianapolis Colts, as they now turn their attention to the NFL draft.

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Indianapolis Colts
2013 draft picks:
1st round (24), 3(86), 4(121), 6(192), 7 (230, 254)

There’s so much to be excited about if you are a Colts fan. Andrew Luck lived up to the hype and Indianapolis stunned the football world with a playoff season after winning only one game the previous year.

In preparing for year two with Luck the Colts made a handful of roster moves this off-season. They signed a quality veteran backup quarterback in Matt Hassellbeck. Former Raider first round pick Darrius Heyward-Bey is now in Indianapolis. Maybe a fresh start with Andre Luck will turn this speedster’s career around. The Colts got some help in the trenches with tackle Gosder Cherilus and guard Donald Thomas.

On the other side of the ball Indy added help on the front and in the back end with players like Ricky Jean-Francois, Aubrayo Franklin, Greg Toler and LaRon Landry.

Draft Needs
1) Cornerback
The Colts landed a solid corner in free agency in Toler but they need more help. At No. 24 in the first round could be the landing spot for Desmond Trufant. Now there’s a chance he could be gone. If so, the Colts may have to wait it out and select a corner a little later. Their next pick is No. 86 in round three.

2) Nose Tackle
Indy signed Franklin but they could still go after a nose tackle early. The Colts could be eyeing John Jenkins, Johnathan Hankins, or Jesse Williams. They may have a shot with Brandon Williams with their third round pick.

3) Outside Linebacker
It doesn’t appear that one of the top end outside linebackers will be there at No. 24. And with no second round selection players like Jamie Collins may be off the board as well. Therefore the Colts may have to wait until round four or six to address this position.

4) Guard
Expect the Colts to address this position most likely in the mid-to-late rounds. They did sign Thomas but could use another guard.

5) Wide Receiver
The Colts have six picks and I would assume that despite the signing of Heyward-Bey they will still look to draft at least one receiver, maybe a player with some size at this position.

Key Acquisitions
Matt Hasselbeck (QB)
Stanley Havili (FB)
Darrius Heyward-Bey (WR)
Gosder Cherilus (OT)
Donald Thomas (OG)
Ricky Jean-Francois (DL)
Aubrayo Franklin (NT)
Erik Walden (OLB)
Lawrence Sidbury (DE/OLB)
LaRon Landry (S)
Greg Toler (CB)

No Longer With The Team
Drew Stanton (QB)
Donnie Avery (WR)
Seth Olsen (OG)
Clifton Geathers (DE)
Moise Fokou (ILB)
Tom Zbikowski (S)
Jerraud Powers (CB)

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