Indianapolis Colts: Why drafting a safety is biggest need

Sure, there are a number of holes on the Indianapolis Colts roster, but most of those would be depth issues.

Safety is the most prevalent hole that GM Ryan Grigson wants to fill.

I can tell you that he definitely has faith in his 2013 fourth-round pick, Khaled Holmes, to man the center position. He also brought in Phil Costa to be a backup to Holmes, even though it’s not the greatest of ideas, it’s just how it is.

And working along those line, I do not believe Grigson is going to give up hope on offensive guards Hugh Thornton and Donald Thomas, either. Thomas actually played well in limited action last year, but had two major injuries that ended his season.

While Thornton didn’t have the greatest of seasons, he seemed to improve towards the end of the year.

So, that would eliminate the immediate need at offensive line.

Which leaves the safety position. Though, I do have faith in Delano Howell, more than others, drafting a safety is important and the Colts front office probably feels the same way.

I recently did a draft profile on Washington State’s safety prospect Deone Bucannon. And even though he seems like he could end up being a solid strong safety, the Colts need more of a natural free safety.

A name that has come up often is that of Northern Illinois’ Jimmie Ward. The only problem is, the Colts would most likely have to move up if they want to bring him to Indianapolis.

Florida State’s Lamarcus Joyner and Terrence Brooks are players that have been linked to the Colts 59th pick.

They are both former corners converted to safeties, while Joyner could still end up being a corner in the NFL. So, they would fit the pure free safety pre-requisite the Colts require.

I plan to plunge into these guys’ film a little deeper as we approach the draft season, but I can tell you what I’ve heard about them.

Brooks is a safety with great instincts in coverage and decent speed, but can’t catch the ball well at all. While Joyner is a play making defender that is undersized for his position.

They seem like solid options for the Colts, especially since they wouldn’t necessarily have to start right away.

Look for the horseshoe to bring in a shiny new safety on the first weekend of May. Here’s to hoping they work out well in the blue and white. Go Colts!

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