This year’s draft for the Indianapolis Colts will be one that will require making the right choices at the right time. The Colts lost both their first and fourth-round draft picks in a trade with the Cleveland Browns in exchange for running back Trent Richardson. So with that, the Colts will now have to wait until the second round before making a selection. Here is a complete and final mock draft for the Colts.
2nd Round (59th Overall) – Colts select guard Gabe Jackson (Mississippi State)
Now I am sure you have seen me talk about Jackson a lot, but I have good reason to do so. He can provide a lot of beef and power to an offensive line that needs it moving forward. His pass protection skillset is his biggest strength and protecting quarterback Andrew Luck should be priority number one.
3rd round (90 Overall) – Colts select wide receiver Devin Street (Pittsburgh)
Street is a tall, vertical threat who has the ability to go up and catch the ball at its highest point and will be a good counter punch for receiver T.Y. Hilton for the future. Drafting Street this early may be a stretch, but there is no way he makes it until the fifth round.
5th round (166 overall) – Colts select safety Kenny Ladler (Vanderbilt)
After losing safety Antoine Bethea to the San Francisco 49ers, Ladler could be a steal in the fifth round. Ladler will bring a lot of physical play for a free safety, plus he has great vision for seeing the field and making great plays in the secondary.
6th round (203 overall) – Colts select cornerback Dontae Johnson (North Carolina State)
Johnson is the type of corner that every NFL team needs in the game today. Not only do you need someone who has good cover skills, but they have to be taller than 6 feet. At 6-foot-2 and running a 4.41 forty yard dash, Johnson could be a great corner if he gets the right tutoring which he should from Colts cornerback Vontae Davis.
7th round (232 overall) – Colts select center Corey Linsley (Ohio State)
With center Phil Costa retiring before he could even get started with his career as a Colt, the Colts will be looking for a center to fill his spot and compete and Linsley is one who will be able to do that. Linsley has good technique and form when it comes to blocking and has done a good job staying healthy his past two seasons in college.