May 13, 2014

2014 NFL Draft Review: Indianapolis Colts

#74 Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State

Indianapolis Colts
Division: AFC South | Last Season Record: 11-5

What Needed to be addressed in the Draft: Without a first or forth round pick, the Colts needed to nail the draft with the few picks they had. The interior of the offensive line is a problem. Khaled Holmes looks like the favorite to be the starting center this season, but the right guard position should have been upgraded.

Defensively, the secondary is a big cause for concern. They needed to replace Antoine Bethea, who departed as a free agent. Meanwhile, they needed to add a couple of corners, as Vonte Davis is their only above average player at the position.

If they came out of this draft with another starter on the defensive line, that would be good. Also, it never hurts to add another pass rusher.

Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks will be free agents in 2015. Adding another receiver at some point would have been a smart idea.

Individual Draft Picks:

Round 2

27. (59) Jack Mewhort, OT
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Ohio State
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 315 lbs.

Round 3

26. (90) Donte Moncrief*, WR
Experience: Junior | School: Ole Miss
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 219 lbs.

Round 5

26. (166) Jonathan Newsome, OLB
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Ball State
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 247 lbs.

Round 6

27. (203) Andrew Jackson, ILB
Experience: Senior | School: Western Kentucky
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 254 lbs.

Round 7

17. (232) Ulrick John, OT
Experience: Senior | School: Georgia State
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 288 lbs.

Two Picks of Note:

Best Value Pick:

Andrew Jackson, ILB (Round 6, Pick 27)
Experience: Senior | School: Western Kentucky
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 254 lbs.

Analysis: This was about the range I had Jackson coming off the board. I like the value, because while Jackson will likely only be a two down, thumping inside linebacker, he may end up being a starter. Getting that in the sixth round is a plus.

Most Questionable Pick:

Jonathan Newsome, OLB (Round 5, Pick 26)
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Ball State
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 247 lbs.

Analysis: Newsome is a 7th round prospect at best, and there were better pass rushers on the board in my opinion. Maybe this pick should have been used on a more pressing need, like cornerback.

Undrafted Free Agent Signings:

Most Notable

Loucheiz Purifoy*, CB
Experience: Junior | School: Florida
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 194 lbs.

Analysis: Coming in to the year, Loucheiz Purifoy was my number one rated corner for the 2014 NFL Draft. He was inconsistent this past season, and has some off the field baggage, but he has a ton of talent. The Colts may have gotten an UDFA steal.

Other Free Agent Signings

Seth Lobato, QB, Northern Colorado
Dewey McDonald, S, California (PA)
Nnamdi Obukwelu, DL, Harvard
Keon Lyn, CB, Syracuse
Qua Cox, CB, Jackson State
Tyler Hoover, DE, Michigan State
Zurlon Tipton, RB, Central Michigan
Zack Kerr, DT, Delaware
Eric Schultz, OL, Utah State
Jonotthan Harrison, C, Florida
Jordan Harris, WR, Bryant
Greg Moore, WR, Lane
Eric Pike, OL, Towson
Darius Polk, CB, Kent State
Eric Thomas, WR, Troy
Cody Parkey, K, Auburn
Tony Washington, WR, Appalachian State
Anthony Baskin, DB, Carson-Newman
Brandon Oliver, RB, Buffalo
Marcus Hall, OL, Ohio State
Anthony Brown, LB, Memphis

Draft Review:

Analysis: In the eyes of many, the Colts's draft may hinge on the production (or lack thereof of) of Trent Richardson, which is why they didn't have a first round pick.

I had a third round grade on him, but Jack Mewhort was actually a solid pick in the second round. He should be able to kick inside and solidify either the right guard or center spot. He'll be a rock on the offensive line.

Donte Moncrief is a big, fast receiver with a ton of talent, but he needs more polish in several areas of his game. He can become a solid number two receiver in the NFL, but they don't necessarily need him to contribute right away.

I thought they reached for Jonathan Newsome, but getting Andrew Jackson in the sixth was a solid pick. Ulrick John is a big, mauling tackle out of Georgia State with upside. They would love if he develops into a reliable swing tackle.

The Verdict: With only 5 picks to work with, the Colts didn't hit on every pick. Their first two picks were slight reaches, but both should be starters at some point. But, secondary went completely un-addressed, and they also didn't add a defensive lineman or a running back. There's always next year.

Overall Grade: D+