Colts Grab Hood in Mock Draft

"With the 27th selection in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select ... Evander Hood, Missouri." If this is how it shakes out on draft day, Colts fans can be pleased they got the impact defensive tackle they have been clamoring for. Editor Eric Hartz made the choice in's Mock Draft.

Hartz, who publicly proclaimed his affection for Florida's Percy Harvin last week, was sorely disappointed when Baltimore took Harvin off the board at No. 26, one pick ahead of the Colts.

Although the near-miss on Harvin was disappointing, the Colts were glad to grab Hood, an explosive, penetrating defensive tackle with a high motor who will fit in well with the Indianapolis defense.

DT Evander Hood
AP Photo/Jerry Larson

While North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks was on the board, as well as Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis and Wake Forest cornerback Alphonso Smith, Indianapolis ultimately chose the player that was most capable of stepping in and contributing in 2009 for the team. With the bad luck the team has had at the position the last couple of years, the time is right to bring in a talented rookie to make an impact.

This is how it shook out in the annual intersite mock draft, conducted by insiders from all 32 NFL teams and due to be released later this month. All 64 selections in the first two rounds will be made, and since the Colts have addressed their need on the defensive line with Hood, they can concentrate on finding another weapon for quarterback Peyton Manning in Round 2.

Some of the more notable choices ahead of Indianapolis include USC QB Mark Sanchez to Detroit at No. 1 instead of Georgia QB Matthew Stafford, Texas DE Brian Orakpo shooting up to Cleveland at No. 5, troubled Alabama OT Andre Smith heading to San Francisco at No. 10, and Maryland WR Darrius Heyward-Bey as the second receiver chosen, ahead of Missouri's Jeremy Maclin. The Jets took Heyward-Bey at No. 17, and the Bears followed with Maclin immediately after, at No. 18.

Hartz left Hakeem Nicks, Kenny Britt, James Laurinaitis, Alphonso Smith and others on the board. Agree with his choice? Got a better idea? Tell us in the forums RIGHT HERE.

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