2016 NFL Draft Preview – Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis Colts come into the 2016 NFL Draft with a boatload of picks. In addition to their own selections, they also have an extra third round pick from New England and a fifth round pick from Tampa Bay. In total, the Colts have eight draft picks, giving GM Ryan Grigson plenty of opportunities to improve his team.

Colts’ Team Needs: OL, DL, LB

Draft Picks: Round 1 (18), Round 2 (48), Round 3 (82), Round 3 (87), Round 4 (116), Round 5 (155), Round 6 (207), Round 7 (248)

Here is a quick look at how the Indianapolis Colts did in 2015.

2015 Record: 8-8

Point Differential: -13 points

Average Score: Colts 24 Opponents 24

The Indianapolis Colts were a very average team in 2015. They were good enough to beat teams like Denver and Green Bay, but not good enough to beat Jacksonville or Houston twice. This year they need to add depth on both sides of the ball if they hope to win the AFC South again.

The Colts head into the 2016 NFL Draft with their usual needs on defense, but a new need up front on offense after losing two of their best offensive linemen in free agency.

As is the case most years, the Colts biggest needs are on the defensive side of the ball, specifically at cornerback and safety. They signed Patrick Robinson and Antonio Cromartie to help fill those voids, but they’ll still need more depth and youth added at both positions.

We recently took a look at some cornerback options for the Colts in this year’s draft, and now we’ll take a look at some safeties they could target while they’re on the clock in April.

The Indianapolis Colts have been looking to add depth at inside linebacker throughout free agency, and it appears they have found another option in Sio Moore.

The NFL Draft is not far away, so here at The Football Educator we are going to take a look at each teams needs in the draft and what prospects may fit their schemes.

The Indianapolis Colts are another team that is hard to select their needs as they don’t have enough information on if certain players will be back next season or not. Most of those players are on the offensive line, but they will be discussed in this article either way.

Colts Team Needs: offensive line, defensive line, cornerback

Possible Prospects:

Offensive Line: Jack Conklin, OT/G (Michigan St), Taylor Decker, OT (Ohio St), Le’Raven Clark, OT (Texas Tech), Germain Ifedi, OT (Texas A&M), Cody Whitehair, G/C (Kansas St)

Defensive Line: Robert Nkemdiche, DT/DE (Ole Miss), A’Shawn Robinson, DT (Alabama), Andrew Billings, DT (Baylor), Vernon Butler, DT/DE (Louisiana Tech)

Cornerback: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB (Florida), Mackensie Alexander, CB (Clemson), Eli Apple, CB (Ohio St)

In this NFL Draft preview, we’ll break down the Indianapolis Colts’ needs, how they’ve historically drafted, and who some of their potential picks could be on Day 1 and Day 2 of the 2016 draft.

Indianapolis Colts 2016 mock drafts

Colts team needs

Indianapolis Colts historical draft tendencies

2016 draft trade possibilities

Colts 2016 NFL Draft targets

Indianapolis Colts 2016 mock drafts: The Colts have needs all over the place, but I look for them to go defensive back early in the draft. They have a couple of talented young corners in Vontae Davis and Patrick Robinson, but they are lacking depth at safety and need to find an eventual replacement at free safety for Mike Adams. A corner like Eli Apple or Artie Burns could make sense with their first pick, but I think Eric Berry is too good to pass up if he’s there at No. 18. He isn’t as fast as Adams, but he’s just as tough and is a much better playmaker than the soon-to-be 35-year-old safety. Berry would be a leader on defense from day one and fill two needs by playing alongside Clayton Geathers at strong safety when Adams sits out to rest. On day two I look for

This just in, the Indianapolis Colts will be selecting another offensive lineman early in the 2016 NFL Draft.

If that’s too much of a spoiler for you, I’m truly sorry. But if you’ve seen any mock draft since the 2015 season ended, or even read any of my previous posts on the Colts and their needs, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to you.

The Colts have a dire need at guard and tackle, but with most of the top talents at those positions gone in my latest mock draft scenario, I’ve elected to go with Ryan Kelly from Alabama.

Kelly is the top center on my board, and he would bring immediate stability to the center position for this team. He’s a smart player with great leadership qualities and can help get everyone on the same page with his calls and audibles at the line of scrimmage.

The best part about Kelly is that he can play multiple positions along the offensive line if needed. With Khaled Holmes becoming a free agent after this season, Kelly could slide over to center in 2017 if necessary.

The Indianapolis Colts finished the 2015 regular season with an 8-8 record, good enough for second place in the AFC South. While they were able to win a weak division and make it to the playoffs, they were no match for the eventual Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos in the Wild Card round. With that said, this team is not too far off from being a legitimate contender in the AFC.

With one of the best quarterbacks in the league in Andrew Luck, there is no question that this franchise will be able to put up points. Along with a strong passing attack, they were also able to run the ball effectively last year. They ranked third in the league with 141.9 rushing yards per game and had two different backs eclipse 1,000 yards on the ground (Frank Gore and Ahmad Bradshaw). While their offense was very productive last season, their defense was not nearly as impressive.

The Colts’ defense allowed 23.1 points per game (23rd) and finished with a negative point differential (-4). In order for this team to take a step forward next season, they desperately need their defense to improve.

While it is important for all teams to address needs through free agency, it will be especially critical for Indianapolis since they do not have a first

The Indianapolis Colts have the 18th overall pick in this year’s draft. Here’s a look at their needs and some possible selections:

Needs: The offensive line, which was dreadful last season, has to be addressed. The Colts might also want to look for a running back and safety depth.

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