1. Who are the top defensive tackles, offensive tackles, wide receivers and running backs? These are the top needs for the team. What would be a realistic view of when they would need to be taken (i.e., what round are they likely to go in), and enough names to cover our first four picks (question from BIGDL)?
Purdue RB Kory Sheets at the Senior Bowl
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I could see the Colts' first four picks in the draft going something like this: first round — Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina; second round — Sen'Derrick Marks, DT, Auburn; third round — Xavier Fulton, OT, Illinois; and in the fourth round — Kory Sheets, RB, Purdue.
2. Is it safe to say the Colts will continue, and possibly finish, the rebuilding of the offensive line this offseason having spent draft picks on Ugoh two years ago and, and on three college centers — Pollak, Justice, and Richard — last year (question from DW COLT)?
CS: This is a relatively deep O-Line class, and I foresee the Colts selecting one in the draft. But I don't think they will take one on Day One; I see it being a Day Two priority.
3. Is cornerback skill and depth a concern heading into this offseaon? Do the Colts simply need to get healthy or is there more that needs to be done possibly in this draft (question from DWCOLT)?
CS: Like I mentioned in Part One, the Colts, who could use an infusion of depth and youth in their secondary, have an opportunity to secure a quality prospect in this rich CB class. If the Colts want to address their need for a CB in the first round at pick No. 27, players like Alphonso Smith (Wake Forest), D.J. Moore (Vanderbilt), Sean Smith (Utah) and Darius Butler (Connecticut) are options. In the second round, they could identify Victor Harris (Virginia Tech), Coye Francies (San Jose State), Mike Mickens (Cincinnati) or Asher Allen (Georgia) as possible selections. This is a great class, and there's a lot of talent.
4. Given the problems with the Colts running game, do you draft a backup or a complement to Joseph Addai and where in the draft do you do it (question from DW Colt)?
CS: I think the Colts should look for a compliment to Joseph Addai who has the potential to become a featured back. This year's class is pretty deep, and there will be a lot of talent available through the fifth round. I don't think the Colts will take a RB on Day One, but a third or fourth round running back is possible.
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