(Sports Network) - The Colts hope to build on a promising first season with
Andrew Luck at the controls.
The fact that the Colts are picking 24th in the 2013 NFL Draft a year after
selecting Luck No. 1 overall should tell you all you need to know about the
Stanford product and the impact he had on the franchise.
To move forward even further Indianapolis will need to protect Luck more
consistently and that means upgrading the offensive line. The team did pry
right tackle Gosder Cherilus away from Detroit in free agency but incumbent
left tackle Anthony Castonzo struggles with speed off the edges and guard Mike
McGlynn is often overmatched inside.
Indianapolis also needs to replace Dwight Freeney and help 32-year-old Robert
Mathis on the edges of its 3-4 defense while continuing to add pieces to its
secondary. Signing free agent linebacker Erik Walden as well as cornerback
Greg Toler and safety LaRon Landry helps but the Colts still need more
LSU hybrid defensive end/linebacker Barkevious Mingo was once thought of as a
top-10 prospect, so getting him at No. 24 would be nice value. Cornerbacks
like Washington's Desmond Trufant or Mississippi State's Johnathan Banks could
also be in play for Indy.
2012 Record: 11-5
Top Needs: OL, OLB, CB
First Three Picks: No. 24, No. 86, No. 121
Number of Selections: 6 (1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 7)
RECENT FIRST ROUND HISTORY: 2012 - Andrew Luck (QB, Stanford); 2011 - Anthony
Castonzo (OT, Boston College); 2010 - Jerry Hughes (DE, TCU); 2009 - Donald
Brown (RB, Connecticut); 2008 - none; 2007 - Anthony Gonzalez (WR, Ohio
State); 2006 - Joseph Addai (RB, LSU); 2005 - Marlin Jackson (CB, Michigan);
2004 - none; 2003 - Dallas Clark (TE, Iowa); 2002 - Dwight Freeney (DE,
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