Consensus important needs for the Colts are all along the offensive front five and among the defensive front seven. The Colts could also use an upgrade in the defensive backfield. Then there are some role-specific needs that can propel the Colts to elite status—a big wide receiver to stretch the defense vertically and a blocking back who can catch passes.
Because the Colts have only four draft picks, most of these needs will be addressed in free agency by necessity. They will also bring in a herd of rookie free agents to chase the dream and every once in a while teams find an overlooked talent, but this is a crapshoot, specifically boxcars or snake eyes, so this is a bonus pool only.
The Colts also have a large number of their own free agents to assess and decide who to keep and who to let trot away. Over a third of the Colts’ 2012 roster is a free agent of one type or another.
This offseason will be a significant period in the Colts’ building on their successes from 2012 and taking another step forward in 2013.
In this week’s edition of my predictions for the Colts’ 2013 offseason, I look at the Colts' four draft positions and identify two players in each round that I believe could make an instant contribution to the Colts in 2013.
Of course these are my own subjective opinions based on intensive scouting from my computer monitor. The Internet is starting to overflow with mock drafts, draft projections, player rankings and ratings, and outside the first few picks in the draft you will find little consensus other than which players might go in early, middle or late rounds of the draft.
The Senior Bowl elevated some players that were previously more toward the fringe, and the NFL Scouting Combine will have a similar effect. Mock draft boards change as often as racing odds at Churchill Downs.
I guess what I’m trying to say with this disclaimer is that I’m probably wrong and you know it. Even so, consider these players, take a closer look at them, and chime in with your own round-by-round choices in the comments.