2012 NFL Draft: Indianapolis Colts' Biggest Needs

Nate DunlevyGuest ColumnistMarch 22, 2012

Chuck Pagano doesn't have much to work with in Indy.
Chuck Pagano doesn't have much to work with in Indy.Rob Carr/Getty Images


There now, that didn't take long did it?

The Indianapolis Colts are coming off a season that saw just two wins and are in the midst of an offseason that has seen the departure of most every star they had.

Things are so rough in Indianapolis, there's not much of a call for breaking down numbers—a 2-14 record says it all. So when it comes to the 2012 draft, general manager Ryan Grigson has his work cut out for him.

Fortunately, he's armed with the best draft weapon of all: the No. 1 pick.

1. Quarterback

Peyton Manning is gone, maybe you heard about it.

The Colts' 2011 collapse wasn't completely about the quarterback position, but the truth is the team was in a lot of winnable game, but the combination of Collins, Painter and Orlovsky was extremely inept.

The Colts need a quarterback. They are going to draft Luck. Moving along...

2. Wide Receiver

Just two years ago, the Colts had more receiving talent than anyone in the league.

Now, they have Reggie Wayne at age 34 and Austin Collie, who is a fine player but an obvious injury risk.

There's no point in drafting an elite passer and then not giving him anyone to throw to. The Colts have to find a way to get a young target that can grow and develop along with Luck.

The draft is the best place to do that.

Since 2000, 12 different wide receivers have had multiple 1,000 yard seasons after being picked in the second or third round.

3. Nose Tackle

If Chuck Pagano wants to run any kind of 3-4 defense, he absolutely has to find someone to play the middle.

The Colts just don't have anyone on the roster with the kind of bulk necessary to hold down the point. If the team doesn't find a credible nose tackle, plans for a hybrid will turn out something like this. There will be no pass rush, and teams will run at will on the Colts.

In other words, it will be just like last year.

4. Secondary

Yes, I realize that "secondary" isn't a position, but the Colts have needed help in pass defense for a long time now.

Safeties, corners...it's all just bad.

In 2011, the Colts were 27th in DVOA. Teams passed at will, and winning in the NFL is about passing and stopping the pass.