With Free Agency a week old and many of they key moves already made, it’s time to take a detailed look at each teams acquisitions and losses and gauge a plan of attack for how they should approach the first three rounds of this year’s draft. We’ll start with the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens and work our way all the way down to the lowly Kansas City Chiefs and the first overall pick. *Page will be updated as more moves are made.
Team Needs: OL, NT, CB, OLB, WR
Free Agent Losses: S Tom Zbikowski, WR Donnie Avery, CB Jerraud Powers, LB Moise Fokou, G Seth Olsen, QB Drew Stanton,
Free Agent Acquisitions: S LaRon Landry, OT Gosder Cherilus, QB Matt Hasselbeck, NT Aubrayo Franklin, OLB Erik Walden, DE Fili Moala (resigned), CB Cassius Vaughn, CB Greg Toler, DT Ricky Jean Francois, CB Darius Butler (resigned), G Donald Thomas, DE Lawrence Sidbury
Potential Round 1 Targets: CB Xavier Rhodes, CB Desmond Trufant, NT John Jenkins, NT Sylvester Williams, NT Jesse Williams, WR Keenan Allen, WR DeAndre Hopkins, WR Justin Hunter, G/T Justin Pugh, OLB Damontre Moore
Potential Round 2 Targets: Pick used last year to acquire Vontae Davis
Potential Round 3 Targets: CB Jordan Poyer, CB B.W. Webb. CB Tyrann Mathieu, CB Logan Ryan, NT Akeem Spence, G Brian Winters, G/T Dallas Thomas, G/T Oday Aboushi, OLB Jamie Collins, OLB Brandon Jenkins
Plan of Attack: The Colts were extremely active in free agency and addressed just about every need that they have. They shored up their offensive line, at least in the short term, with G Donald Thomas and OT Gosder Cherilus, so that should lead them towards defense with their first round pick. They signed a bunch of guys, but other than LaRon Landry, they are just that, guys. They could still look for an impact pass rusher, a long term answer at nose tackle, and a high end corner prospect to pair with Vontae Davis. They could look long and hard if Xavier Rhodes is still on the board when they pick. He is an aggressive corner with great size, and speed. They could also look at Desmond Trufant who isn’t as hard hitting as Rhodes but sticks to his man like glue. The Colts signed Aubrayo Franklin to be their nose but his playing days are numbered. They could find a solid replacement here at the end of round 1 in either Georgia’s John Jenkins or Alabama’s Jesse Williams. The team could throw a curveball and go with a wide receiver here as well. Reggie Wayne is getting older by the minute and if the team sees a guy they like available at pick 24 then they may pounce. CAL’s Keenan Allen, Clemson’s DeAndre Hopkins, or Tennessee’s Justin Hunter could all be options.
In round 3 the Colts could double dip on the defensive side of the ball. If they landed a corner in round 1, they could look at a nose tackle in the thrid. Illinois’ Akeem Spence would fit the bill. They could also look at a pass rusher here as 3-4 teams can never have enough good pass rushers, and Southern Mississippi’s Jamie Collins or FSU’s Brandon Jenkins could be guys they’d consider. If the Colts land a nose in the first round then they could go with a corner here. Jordan Poyer could be an option. He’s got good size and is an instinctive player with exceptional ball skills. Other corners they may look at would be BW Webb or Logan Ryan if he falls. The Colts could look at offensive line help here as well. They want to ensure that Andrew Luck stays healthy so they could go with a couple of versatile offensive lineman like Oday Aboushi or Dallas Thomas, who can both play guard or tackle.
UPDATE 4/2 – The Colts agreed to terms on a one year deal with Darius Heyward-Bey so that should take them out of the wide receiver market in the first round.