Five positions the Colts should target in the 2015 NFL Draft
Arthur Jones was limited to nine games last season. Corey Redding and Ricky Jean-Francois have moved on. The Colts did bring in Kendall Langford in free agency and he's slated to start, but there isn't much on the roster beyond him. If either player goes down with an injury, Indianapolis could be in big trouble. Someone like Oregon's Arik Armstead might be a good option at the end of the first round, or the team may elect to take a developmental project later on in the draft.
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The signing of Frank Gore was a coup for Chuck Pagano's team, but Gore is also about to turn 32 and won’t be around forever. While his durability is impressive, it’s hard to imagine he’ll be a feature back for more than a year or two more. It’s a deep draft for running backs, and getting someone to groom for the future who can learn from and eventually take over for Gore would be a wise choice. Names to watch include local favorite Tevin Coleman of Indiana, Minnesota's David Cobb and Northern Iowa's David Johnson.
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Indianapolis signed former Broncos linebacker Nate Irving for depth behind starters D’Qwell Jackson and Jerrell Freeman at the position, but Jackson will be 32 next season, so they may want to spend a late-round pick on a young player to groom for the future. USC’s Hayes Pullard or Michigan State’s Taiwan Jones would be good fits.
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The Colts added veteran guard Todd Herremans in free agency but could still stand to add depth along the line. When it comes to protecting an asset like Andrew Luck, you don’t take any chances. Gosder Cherilus started 13 games last season before being shut down with a groin injury. When he did play, he wasn’t particularly effective. Pro Football Focus rated him 70th among starting tackles last season. Drafting a young tackle who can push Cherilus for playing time and then eventually replace him in a year or two makes a great deal of sense. LSU’s G/T La’el Collins and FSU C/T Cameron Erving are two names to watch with the Colts’ first-round pick.
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This is a glaring need. Indianapolis re-signed Pro Bowler Mike Adams, but he's 34 and isn't a long-term solution. Of more immediate concern is the fact the Colts still need to find someone to start at free safety. Sergio Brown and LaRon Landry are no longer around. The team may find a veteran stopgap before the season starts, but still needs a young player with upside at the position. Look for the Indianapolis to target a safety in the first few rounds. It’s not a particularly strong draft at the position, but the Colts aren’t in a position to be picky.