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Sylvester Williams is a load in the middle that could anchor the Colts' defensive line.
Sylvester Williams (DT)- Williams likely would play nose tackle for the Colts, but could possibly play DE with a playing weight of 320. He is an explosive player with great burst, but can also control the line. He's had an impressive week of practice, generally able to dominate the 1-on-1 drills. However, Williams is somewhat raw and can struggle if he doesn't win the matchup right off of the initial snap. With some coaching and development, however, Williams could be a solid starter.
Kawann Short (DT)- Like Williams, Short would likely play NT in the Colts' 3-4 scheme. Short has impressed scouts in practice with his ability to anchor the defensive line and use an effective bull rush. There have, however, been questions about his conditioning and hustle, but he's pushed those aside (at least, temporarily) with an impressive week of practice.
Datone Jones (DE)- The UCLA lineman wowed scouts this week with an impressive blend of explosiveness and power. Jones was arguably the most impressive player on the defensive line all week, and was the only pass rusher who was able to give star OT Eric Fisher a challenge. Jones would be an excellent choice for the Colts to fill a one-gap DE position. Originally thought of as a second or third-round guy, Jones has likely moved up into the first round after a very impressive week.
Alex Okafor (OLB)- Okafor has not been as impressive as Jones as a pass rusher, but could be an option for the Colts as a stand-up rusher in the late first round. He's shown above average hand placement and power in drills, and looks to be a consistent, reliable player. The concern may be that he doesn't fit the OLB role as well as he would the 4-3 DE role, much like a Freeney or Mathis.
Khaseem Greene (ILB)- With Arthur Brown out with an injury, Greene seems to have taken the top ILB spot fairly easily. The former-safety transitioned to linebacker at Rutgers, and looks to be a very good coverage linebacker, especially in zone, in the NFL. Greene is also a solid tackler and reads plays well, although he lacks the size/strength to get off blocks quickly. If the Colts are looking to upgrade the starting ILB spots, Greene would be a target in the first round.
Desmond Trufant (CB)- Trufant has been the best corner on the North squad, and has risen up into the late first rounds on most draftniks' boards. The 6'0 corner from Washington has quickness to stick with receivers in coverage, as well as the bulk to press at the line of scrimmage. He's also very explosive when breaking on throws, and could be a ball hawk in the NFL. If you hope the Colts upgrade at cornerback with a first-round pick, Trufant would be a perfect fit.
T.J. McDonald (S)- The USC safety is one prospect I'm intrigued with for the Colts' third round pick. McDonald can be big and physical, and has the ability to be very good against most tight ends in coverage, as well as having good range in zone coverage. He's also been an explosive tackler and can be a strong, in-the-box run defender. If he drops to the Colts' third-round pick, he could be a valuable pickup.
Jonathan Cyprien (S)- Outside of Florida's Matt Elam, Cyprien is the best available replacement for Tom Zbikowski/Joe Lefeged. Cyprien projects to the second round right now, so the Colts would likely need to trade up for him, but it may be worth it. The Florida International safety has impressed practice attendees this week with his ferocious tackling and solid cover skills in both man and zone. Cyprien has impressed with his demeanor and leadership qualities as well.