The Indianapolis Colts had a less than impressive draft this year. With only having five total picks this year and not making any trades to gain more picks or even find a way to get back into the first round, the Colts had to be very selective when it came to their choices.
Most of these choices were far from impressive.
2nd round (59 overall) – Colts select tackle Jack Mewhort (Ohio State)
Mewhort is a lineman who can be used in many different ways for the Colts if they look to use him in a position on the interior line, probably at center. Mewhort is a good lineman and while his biggest strength is his pass protection, the Colts did reach a little bit and most likely could’ve gotten him in the third round.
3rd round (90 overall) – Colts select wide receiver Donte Moncrief (Mississippi)
Moncrief was a great pick up for the Colts as he brings the whole package to the table. At 6-foot-2, Moncrief has incredible size and has great hand-eye coordination when it comes to going up for a jump ball. While the Colts needed his size to go along with the speed of receiver T.Y. Hilton, Moncrief brings speed of his own. At the NFL combine, Moncrief clocked a fast 4.40-second 40-yard dash.
When the Colts drafted Hilton in the third round in 2012, I knew he was the steal of the draft. The same could be said for Moncrief in 2014.
5th round (166 overall) – Colts select linebacker Jonathan Newsome (Ball State)
Newsome is a good outside linebacker who has great burst off the line of scrimmage when it comes to rushing the passer. He has good speed and has a knack for finding the football.
While he is a good prospect, the Colts did again reach. Newsome wasn’t projected to be drafted until the 7th round on some draft boards, even was projected to be undrafted.
Not only did they reach, but they reached for a position that wasn’t really a huge need.
Colts already have Robert Mathis and Bjoern Werner playing the outside linebacker position. Even though some analysts are predicting that Werner could be a first-round bust, drafting to fill a position that isn’t a necessity was the last thing that Colts should’ve done with this selection.
6th round (203 overall) – Colts select linebacker Andrew Jackson (Western Kentucky)
Jackson is a physical inside linebacker who won’t be a starter right away in Indianapolis, but that doesn’t mean he won’t end up getting playing time. Jackson can be a major contributor on special teams, which is how many late-round prospects earn spots on teams in the first place. Jackson has the opportunity to learn from newly signed linebacker D’Qwell Jackson from Cleveland and he could shine if he gets an opportunity to do so.
7th round (232 overall) – Colts select tackle Ulrick John (Georgia State)
This one was a head-scratcher for me at this point. Yes the Colts need help on the offensive line, but reaching a lineman like John isn’t the answer. The Colts could’ve addressed a bigger need as far as drafting a defensive back instead.
Not only did they reach for a lineman, but they reached for a tackle. John is an athletic tackle, but he doesn’t have the best physical tools to maintain blocks. Unless the Colts are going to try and work John at offensive guard, the decision to draft John wasn’t the smartest.
Overall draft grade: D
The Colts didn’t live up to their standards as far as addressing the biggest needs they had. Their biggest piece they added was drafting Moncrief, but the failure to draft help in the secondary is why I give the Colts a low grade in this year’s draft.