2012 NFL Draft: Second-Round Favorites for the Indianapolis Colts

Nate Dunlevy@NateDunlevyGuest ColumnistApril 12, 2012

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The Indianapolis Colts have the first pick in the draft.

This may come as a shock to many of you, but I think they might, maybe, could possibly take Andrew Luck in the first round.

Of course, every other monkey with a keyboard writing on the Internet thinks the exact same thing.

The tricky part is trying to project a second-round pick for the Colts.

There aren't nearly as many multiround mocks as there are first-round mocks, so it becomes difficult to get a consensus as to whom writers think the Colts will take.

The run-away winner is TE Coby Fleener from Stanford. Should he get passed over by the Houston Texans and New York Giants, he becomes an instant no-brainer for the Colts. The vast majority of two-round mocks slot Fleener to the Colts.

Most other mocks break down in one of two ways:



There is a cluster of relatively similar wideouts that all fit between picks 20-45 in this draft.

Everyone from Stephen Hill, Rueben Randle, Alshon Jeffery and even Mohamed Sanu (a massive reach) have been mentioned for the Colts.

Basically, if you run a mock draft and want the Colts to take a wideout and have Fleener off the board, you slot whichever of these guys hasn't been taken already and give him to Indy. Hill would be an absolute steal for the Colts at 34, but you have to wonder if he's still on the board then.


Defensive tackles

If the Colts don't take a wideout, they need to take a tackle. Chuck Pagano wants to run a 3-4 hybrid scheme, but that's tough to do without a nose tackle to plug the middle.

Some mocks have the Colts taking Alameda Ta'amu, but he's more of a third-round talent. Reaching up a full round just to fill a need would be a bad move for the Colts.

Dontari Poe was a hot name at one point, but he's so hot that I've even seen him mocked in the top 10 overall. The odds of him falling to the Colts are slim.

The main reason mock drafters love wideouts or Fleener to the Colts is that the tackle market has a real void in the late first-, early second-round bracket.