Plan of Attack for the 2012 NFL Draft: Indianapolis Colts

Free agency is waning down and the Draft is just hours away.  It’s time to sit down and go over every teams free agent acquisitions and losses, along with their team needs.   Using that information  we will figure out a Plan of Attack for the 2012 Draft for each team.  We’ll start with the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants and work our way down one day at a time, to the Indianapolis Colts and the first overall pick.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS                                                                           

Team Needs:  QB, WR, TE, OLB, DE, CB, S, G, DT                   

Free Agent Additions: WR Donnie Avery, G Mike McGlynn, DT Brandon McKinney, TE Kyle Miller, S Tom Zibikowski

Free Agent Losses:  DE Jamaal Anderson, DB Stevie Brown, FB Jerome Felton, WR Pierre Garcon, WR Anthony Gonzalez, CB Jacob Lacey, QB Peyton Manning, DT Daniel Muir, OT Quinn Ojinnaka, QB Dan Orlovsky, QB Curtis Painter

Round 1:
Potential Targets: 
QB Andrew Luck

  Round 2:
Potential Targets: 
TE Coby Fleener, WR Stephen Hill, WR Rueben Randle, OLB Lavonte David, DT Devon Still, DT Kendall Reyes, DT Jerel Worthy, OLB Andre Branch, NT Brandon Thompson, S Harrison Smith, CB Janoris Jenkins, CB Josh Robinson

 Round 3:
Potential Targets:  
TE Dwayne Allen, WR AJ Jenkins, WR Ryan Broyles, WR Joe “The Jet” Adams, WR Mohamed Sanu, WR Nick Toon, OLB Ronnell Lewis, NT Josh Chapman, NT Mike Martin, OLB Bruce Irvin, CB Jayron Hosley, CB Dwight Bentley, CB Chase Minnifield, S Antonio Allen, S Brandon Taylor, S Markelle Martin, DE Derek Wolfe, DE Jared Crick

Plan of Attack: The Colts have already made their pick and it’s QB Andrew Luck from Stanford.  Luck is the best QB prospect to come out since Peyton Manning, so it’s obviously a wise choice.  He’s got great athleticism and mobility, and his arm strength is above average.  What separates him from most prospects is his intelligence.  He has been playing in pro-style system for years, and can read defenses and audible at the line.  He is able to check out of bad plays and into good ones and you just don’t see that in most rookie QBs.  He’ll likley struggle in year one as the team around him is terrible, but over time he’ll become one of the better QBs in the league. 

In round 2, the Colts could go many ways but one option would be to find some help for their new QB.  They would love to add a receiver like Stephen Hill if he falls, or possibly LSU’s Rueben Randle.  Both of these guys are big and have great speed, and would surely help Luck’s transition to the NFL.  Another viable option would be to take Luck’s favorite target from his college days, in TE Coby Fleener.  Fleener is a great pass catching TE, but his substandard blocking could send him to the second round.  He already has a rapport with Luck and would be his safety net.  The team could also go defense here and is switching to a 3-4, so it would be interested in a nose tackle like Brandon Thompson or a pass rusher like Andre Branch, as they currently lack players for this transition.

In round 3 the Colts will likely go defense and take the highest rated defensive player on the board.  That could be a safety like Brandon Taylor, a defensive end like Jared Crick or Derek Wolfe,  or maybe even a corner like Jayron Hosley.  Any of these guys fill huge needs and would probably even start in their rookie years.  The Colts have so many needs they really can’t mess this draft up.  They just need to keep taking the highest rated players available, as this rebuilding process could take a few years.


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