NFL Draft '09: Who Will the Indianapolis Colts Select?

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NFL Draft '09: Who Will the Indianapolis Colts Select?
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I still consider myself rather new to the NFL game. Sure, I’ve always loved football, no matter which league. But I live in the South, in a Tri-State area; Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama all converge just a few miles from my home.

Obviously then, college football has always been a large part of my life. I watched the NFL but never got into the pro game like I did the college game.

That is, until one Peyton Manning went to the University of Tennessee, became my favorite Vol of all time, and then went No.1 to the Indianapolis Colts.

Having only been a die-hard NFL fan since 1998, I consider myself rather new to the NFL game.

In that short amount of time, however, I immersed myself in all things Indianapolis Colts.

With that said, I will try for the first time ever to predict who the Colts will select in Saturday’s draft. Yes, I know it’s a complete stab in the dark, but maybe I’ll strike flesh on this one.

Bill Polian and company have a knack for this draft thing. Just look back at previous first round selections. It's a virtual who's who of the Colts latest dynasty.

Manning in '98, Edgerrin James in '99, Reggie Wayne in '01, Dwight Freeney in '02, Dallas Clark in '03, Marlin Jackson in '05, Joseph Addai in '06, and Anthony Gonzalez in '07. Not too shabby.

To me it’s obvious that the Colts' biggest weakness in recent years is defense, especially up the middle. DT and LB are areas of need.

With the recent release of Marvin Harrison, the Colts also opened up a WR position. Presumably Reggie Wayne will continue as the No. 1 option, while Anthony Gonzalez steps in as the No. 2 receiver. So the need for a young slot guy is obvious.

The other five picks should, in my humble opinion, address depth at RB, WR, LB, and OL.

So after consulting many mock drafts, rosters, and prospects, here are my final conclusions.

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