FanIQ Interactive Mock NFL Draft: Indianapolis Colts

With The 27th Pick In The FanIQ NFL Mock Draft, The Indianapolis Colts Select...

4/23/09 in NFL   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

With the NFL Draft coming on April 25, we're putting together a Mock Draft for the first round of the draft, featuring a combination of FanIQ Featured Writers, as well as some great NFL team bloggers from around the internet. Today, we're featuring picks from the Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills. Every day until tomorrow, Friday, April 24, we will post more picks, with recaps of why each player was chosen, with some other analysis. Next up is MrNFL, with the #26 pick for the Indianapolis Colts.

Here are the picks so far:

1. Detroit Lions - Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
2. St Louis Rams - Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
3. Kansas City Chiefs - Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
4. Seattle Seahawks - Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
5. Cleveland Browns - Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
6. Cincinnati Bengals - Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi
7. Oakland Raiders - BJ Raji, DT, Boston College
8. Jacksonville Jaguars - Everette Brown, LB, Florida State
9. Green Bay Packers - Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas
10. San Francisco 49ers - Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
11. Buffalo Bills - Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State
12. Denver Broncos - Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State
13. Washington Redskins - Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
14. New Orleans Saints - Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
15. Houston Texans - Clay Matthews, LB, USC
16. San Diego Chargers - Rey Maualuga, LB, USC
17. New York Jets - Mark Sanchez, QB, USC
18. Denver Broncos - Brian Cushing, LB, USC
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech
20. Detroit Lions - Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU
21. Philadelphia Eagles - Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia
22. Minnesota Vikings - Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland

23. New England Patriots - Paul Kruger, LB/DE, Utah
24. Atlanta Falcons - Clint Sintim, OLB, Virginia
25. Miami Dolphins - Connor Barwin, DE/OLB, Cincinnati
26. Baltimore Ravens - Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina

The Colts have are a pretty deep team all around, which is a great thing to have.  But one position is a large gaping hole.  Defensive tackle.  The Colts got ran on without mercy and the weakness inside was a big reason.  Ed Johnson, who had been a solid starter, got cut for weed, meanwhile Quinn Pitcock, a promising young DT, up and retired in the preseason.  In my opinion, DT is FAR AND AWAY the biggest need.  But the Colts are also looking at wide receivers to fill Marvin Harrison's open spot.  The Colts also had a lot of problems running, so offensive line or running back will get a look.

The Colts may be looking very seriously into wide receiver (which angers me to no end as receiver is really not that big of a need.  They have Wayne, Gonzalez, Clark, tight end depth, and young WRs who just need a chance)  Hakeem Nicks is a focus, but he's off in the FanIQ draft.  With Percy Harvin left, he's considered.  But ultimately, defensive tackle is the need, and two guys stand out above the rest.  Peria Jerry and Evander "Ziggy" Hood.

I think the opening at DT will be too big to ignore, and there is really no way both Jerry and Hood are gone by this point.  So then the question is, who do you take?  Both are about 300 pounds, which is small for most teams, but is the ideal weight for a Colts Tampa 2 NT.  Both are very fast, and both could come in and start instantly and make the defense a whole lot better.  Both would be a great pick.  Ultimately, if it came down to these two, with the 27th pick in the NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss.
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4/24/09   |   Indydave   |   40 respect

(Edited by Indydave)

 if the scenario pans out like this in the draft for the Colts, In addition to getting Jerry, I hope they can trade and get a high 2nd round pick and also get Ziggy Hood or even Ron Brace with that pick.    I hope Polian is thinking this too come draft day, of course assuming that they don't give up too much for the additional high pick.    The Colts did this back whey they drafted Tony Ugoh in 2007.....   Then they can officially say that the run defense/D-line would finally be fixed!

4/23/09   |   Bravesfan23

   I agree that Peria Jerry makes the most sense with this pick.  Seems like the Colts have had a revolving door at Defensive Tackle for a few years.  Jerry has alot of upside and I got to watch him play some this past year since I watched football in SEC country.  But definitely, if Jerry is there when the Colts make their pick, I can't see them passing on him. 

4/23/09   |   brucek863   |   50 respect

DigitalSquire wrote:
 I dunno about harvin ... a thug with a dope problem might not be the image they want to portray to their midwest fans.

It's not the smoking that's the problem it's the fact that he knew a drug test was coming and couldn't even stay off of it for 4weeks or so to pass. It shows no responsibility.

4/23/09   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

kantwistaye wrote:
If Jerry is off the board, Harvin has to be the pick.  The Colts love their slot recievers so thats a bigger need for them than most teams.  Hood would be too much of a reach for this pick.

I disagree.  They DON'T need a receiver.  I'm very worried that they'll take one, and they won't get any closer to the Super Bowl with a worthless run defense.

Jerry or Hood would make the ENTIRE defense better instantly. 

4/23/09   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

They have got to get a some size on their defense. Having linebackers the size of safeties, defensive ends the size of linebackers and defensive tackles the size of defensive ends is just not a formula for stopping the run.

4/23/09   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

Colts need defense...I agree with the pick

4/23/09   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

DigitalSquire wrote:
 I dunno about harvin ... a thug with a dope problem might not be the image they want to portray to their midwest fans.

Why not?  Belgian Gun Totin Marvin was a staple for a long time

4/23/09   |   DigitalSquire   |   1 respect

 I dunno about harvin ... a thug with a dope problem might not be the image they want to portray to their midwest fans.

4/23/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4210 respect

If Jerry is off the board, Harvin has to be the pick.  The Colts love their slot recievers so thats a bigger need for them than most teams.  Hood would be too much of a reach for this pick.