Indianapolis Colts: Three late-round sleepers to target


The NFL Draft is just about two weeks away from commencing and teams are trying to figure out what players fit their needs.

The needs of the Indianapolis Colts include addressing issues at safety, wide receiver, and the offensive line.

While the Colts could address these needs with their first couple of selections, they could also find a few players on day three who could turn into potential starters.

1. Devin Street, WR, (Pittsburgh)

Wide receiver Devin Street out of Pitt is a receiver the Colts could really use to give them some height to go along with the speed of receiver T.Y. Hilton for the future. At 6-foot-3 and weighing 198 pounds, Street is a tough receiver who does not go down easy on the first hit and has soft hands when it comes to catching the ball. While all these are good qualities to look for in any receiver, his lack of speed may push him back to the later rounds and he could be picked up in the fifth round. However, if he is able to land in Indianapolis to work with quarterback Andrew Luck and veteran receiver Reggie Wayne, Street could turn out to be the biggest steal of the draft.

2. Kenneth Ladler, S, (Vanderbilt)

The Colts took a major hit to their secondary this offseason when free safety Antoine Bethea signed with the San Francisco 49ers. However, drafting safety Kenneth Ladler could be a quick fix if the Colts are able to land him. At 6-foot and weighing just over 200 pounds, Ladler plays with a lot of physicality and the Colts could use that to go along hard-hitting strong safety Laron Landry. To go along with his physical play, Ladler has great vision for seeing the field in order to make big plays on defense. Ladler is projected to be drafted somewhere in rounds four or five and the Colts could only benefit if he is able to land in their hands.

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3. Russell Bodine, G, (North Carolina)

Probably the biggest need for the Colts in this year’s draft is the offensive line, specifically the interior linemen. While the Colts may draft one offensive guard with their first selection in the second round, that doesn’t mean they should stop there.

Guard Russell Bodine out of North Carolina would be a great late-round prospect. With him being 6-foot-3 and weighing 310 pounds, Bodine is a good prospect who is projected to be drafted in round six or seven. Bodine’s biggest strengths are his pass protection skills he brings to the table, something the Colts could use to keep Andrew Luck upright in 2014.

The NFL Draft is always exciting for many young prospects to finally get a chance to live their dream of playing in the NFL. But just because you aren’t drafted early, doesn’t mean you can’t be the late-round sleeper who gets drafted and makes an immediate impact on a team.