The Indianapolis Colts spread their money around this week and upgraded talent at their weakest positions. The Colts are not done with free agency yet, but the first week gives us a glimpse of their plans for the April NFL draft.
Colts' GM Ryan Grigson spent midlevel money in all four defensive position groups and on the offensive line. Colts owner Jim Irsay is hinting on his Twitter feed at a big signing at wide receiver, but so far the Colts haven't spent any money at the skill positions.
The Colts' needs were so big on defense and on the offensive line that there was very little speculation that they would do much with the skill positions beyond adding depth. This is still the case.
In the ultimate example of not putting all of his eggs in one basket, it appears that Grigson is going for smaller talent upgrades but covering all of the Colts' needs. Expect the Colts' draft picks to reflect the same strategy.
Right now the Colts have draft choices in the first, third, fourth and sixth rounds. They will also receive a couple of supplemental picks when the NFL owners meet this week.
In this mock draft the Colts follow the same plan as in free agency and shoot for upgrades at all of their needs, with each round's choice depending on the best available player that fits one of those needs.