5 Players Indianapolis Colts Should Target on Day 2
The Indianapolis Colts were able to bring in an exciting pass-rusher in Bjoern Werner from Florida State.
With Round 1 out of the way, what do they do on Friday?
Unfortunately, the Colts will only have a third-round pick on Day 2 of the draft. However, there will still be plenty of talent to look at.
With the pass-rusher taken care of there are still a couple of positions they could look at. They could go for a defensive back, defensive tackle, another linebacker, wide receiver or even a running back.
Even with only one pick on Friday, there are plenty of prospects to look at. Here are some of the biggest ones they should be targeting with their third-round selection.
Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Uconn
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The Colts have two solid cornerbacks now in Vontae Davis and Greg Toler. A third corner would be ideal, and the third round could be a place that they look for one.
One prospect in particular is Blidi Wreh-Wilson. At 6'1'' and 195 pounds, he possesses a pretty solid frame for a defensive back in the NFL. He also has long arms that help when trying to swat the ball in the air. With a 40-yard dash time of 4.53 seconds and a 36'' vertical jump, it's pretty obvious that this is one athletic prospect as a defensive back.
Tackling is a bit of a problem for Wreh-Wilson, as he struggled to show that he could consistently wrap up the ball-carrier and bring him to the ground. He also struggled against play action from time to time, biting every once in a while and getting burned because of it.
Discipline will be a big factor in Wreh-Wilson developing into a solid corner for years to come. Luckily for him, the Colts have a great defensive-minded coach in Chuck Pagano. With another solid corner, the pass defense could be quite impressive in 2013.
Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
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Reggie Wayne can't play forever, and Darrius Heyward-Bey likely isn't the long-term answer at the position. T.Y. Hilton was great as a rookie last year, but it's hard to see him as anything other than a slot receiver.
Perhaps the biggest sleeper among the receivers in this draft class is Markus Wheaton. He has some top-tier speed that gives him an advantage over most defensive backs, showing it off as often as he can. His speed makes it possible for him to play in the slot as well as on the outside. Despite only being 5'11'' and 189 pounds, he isn't afraid to take a hit and try to go through a defender rather than going around them.
Wheaton certainly isn't the guy that can get chunks of yards after the catch, which may limit him oin shorter pass plays. He also struggles against more physical corners in press coverage.
Something needs to happen before Wayne retires, and giving Wheaton an opportunity to learn under one of the greats could certainly help him quite a bit. He's an exciting player, and the Colts should take a seriously long look at him.
Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
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The combination of Donald Brown and Vick Ballard in the backfield showed flashes here and there over the 2012 season, but they lacked consistency.
The days of Edgerrin James are long gone, and the Colts haven't had an impact player in the backfield since then.
If Marcus Lattimore is there, the Colts would be a getting first-round-caliber prospect.
The torn ACL was a devastating injury to witness, but it appears that Lattimore is going to be ready to go. According to Robert Klemko of USA Today, Lattimore feels that he will be ready to play Week 1. Lattimore also has Dr. James Andrews on his side, the surgeon who helped with Adrian Peterson's recovery.
Before the injury, Lattimore showed impressive one-cut ability and vision to find the hole and gain yards in chunks. He is able to stay on his feet and get through would-be tacklers thanks to his solid size and motor.
Durability will still be a big concern for many teams. He has now had back-to-back season-ending knee injuries. If he is unable to stay healthy, his career in the NFL will certainly be a short one.
Lattimore has all the skills to be a great running back in the NFL. The Colts need another impact back, and Lattimore could be the guy.
Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
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The Colts were busy bringing in guys on the defensive line, but none of them will likely be the answer. The defense needs someone to fill in the holes against the run, especially after ranking 29th in rush defense.
An interesting prospect to look at would be the former Buckeye Johnathan Hankins. At 6'3'' and 320 pounds, Hankins is capable of filling gaps and stopping the run. Despite his large frame, he is surprisingly quick, making him capable of playing nearly anywhere on the line.
Hankins won't be a pass-rusher by any means, although he can get pressure on the quarterback on occasion. He doesn't separate with his hands and that is sometimes problematic.
There is certainly a lot to like about Hankins, making him a popular target for teams on Day 2. If he is still available when the Colts are on the clock, it wouldn't be surprising for them to bring in another presence on the defensive line.
DeVonte Holloman, OLB, South Carolina
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This would be a rather unorthodox pick, but DeVonte Holloman has the talent to play on an NFL team.
Holloman spent the last three seasons in South Carolina playing what some call the "spur" position. It's a combination between a linebacker and a safety on defense, where he can go out and cover tight ends and H-backs as well as line up as a traditional linebacker.
It would certainly be an interesting pickup, but Holloman has the natural ability to play. His long arms help him wrap up the ball-carrier as well as get separation from the offensive line. As well as being able to stop the run, Holloman is quick and athletic enough to play in coverage, which makes sense after playing strong safety before moving to the "spur" position.
With such a strange set of skills, the Colts would have to think about where and when they would play Holloman. Chuck Pagano could potentially be interested in Holloman and find a way to work him into the defense.