Indianapolis' defensive unit has aged, and they could use a fresh injection of youth. The Colts need to find their next big edge pash rusher, and they may find a gem with the 14th pick.
Derek Barnett will be given plenty of consideration with this pick. Barnett has a tremendous upside at the next level. He has an pro-type build for an edge rusher, very athletic, agile, and has brute strength off the snap. He also has good speed for his size, and can be used as an OLB in the 3-4 set, or 4-3 DE in a hybrid set.
A good comparison for Barnett is former Colts edge rusher Robert Mathis, which makes drafting him all the more appealing. Barnett has the potential to become a Pro-Bowl 10+ sacks a season player at the next level. He would give the Colts defense the facelift it desperately needed enter this season.
Another area in need of upgrades heading into this season is the offensive line. Andrew Luck keeps getting killed on passing downs, and the ground game has found it difficult to find daylight, since any gaps were quickly sealed by opposing defenses.
Cam Robinson will be given a long look. He would be a reach at this point, but protecting Luck's backside may make the reach a valued gamble. Luck needs more time in the pocket, plain and simple, and the ground game needs wider gaps.
Robinson would be expected to start right away. He's agile for an offensive tackle, and he has the strength of a bull. Robinson blocks well for the run, but also can be an anchor for the passing game. He adds a level of uncertainty to this pick, because the defense is an equal need to finding a stud offensive tackle.
The Colts' running game hasn't been the same since Edgerrin James left. Indianapolis also has a big need to find a stud running back, to help open up the passing game.
Indianapolis might find themselves in luck if the Jags, or Panthers pass on a running back. Dalvin Cook may drop to the Colts, and should give their backfield a huge upgrade. Cook is fast, makes quick cuts, finds the right running lanes, and can be utilized in the passing game.
Cook has the upside to be the next 1,000 yard back for the Colts. A feature the Colts need if they want to contend in the AFC South. Cook will get consideration with this pick, if he's still available.
If you were the GM of the Indianapolis Colts, who would you draft?
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