5 Players Indianapolis Colts Should Target on Day 3
So far, so good.
With their first two selections, the Colts were able to bring in Bjoern Werner, the defensive end out of Florida State, and Hugh Thornton, the offensive guard out of Illinois.
Heading into the third and final day of the draft, Ryan Grigson and company can now look to add depth to this team. With one pick in the fourth and sixth rounds along with two picks in the seventh, they can do just that.
Positions the Colts could still look at include a defensive back, running back, linebacker or a wide receiver. Of course, they could go to add depth somewhere else as well, but these are spots they should be focusing more on if there is solid talent there.
Let's go ahead and take a look at some guys the Colts should target on Saturday.
Sanders Commings, CB, Georgia
The Colts still need depth at cornerback. Someone like Xavier Rhodes would have been nice earlier, but there are still a couple talented prospects available.
Jordan Poyer out of Oregon State is the knee-jerk reaction when discussing available corners. However, he is one of the better players available heading into Saturday and will likely be gone before the Colts pick at No. 121. If he is still there, then it's a clear no-brainer to pick him up.
In the likely event that Poyer is taken, Sanders Commings becomes the next-best available. At 6'0'', he possesses some impressive size for a corner, and he combines that with his speed to keep up with receivers. Due to that great size, Commings thrives in press coverage and can get physical with receivers.
Commings still struggles in zone coverage due to his footwork. He will need to improve on reading the quarterback in zone coverage in order to break up more passes.
The Colts need a tough corner to complement Vontae Davis and Greg Toler. Commings has a combination of size and speed that's quite rare at the position, and that could translate to a very successful NFL career.
Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia
There's something about Bulldogs coming out of Georgia this year.
Safety is another place where it wouldn't hurt to add some more depth. Other than Antoine Bethea and LaRon Landry, the only other name that comes up is Joe Lefeged.
Bacarri Rambo just has a name that's intimidating, and it certainly fits him. He is a strong guy who can get in there and make big hits. He can create turnovers both in coverage and by stripping the ball-carrier with his long arms. He can certainly wrap up and make a tackle, even if it's on a running back who's broken a big play.
The biggest strength for Rambo is his coverage skills. He does a good job in coverage, particularly as a deep safety. He can break up the deep passes and prevent big plays.
Discipline is something that may be lacking in this young man. He served suspensions during both his junior and senior seasons due to failed drug tests for marijuana. He may also struggle getting a hand on more elusive backs in the pros.
With a mentor like Chuck Pagano and time to develop in the NFL, Rambo could easily become a starter at the next level. With the future at the safety position not looking extremely bright, Rambo could certainly be a long-term option.
Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford
The signing of Erik Walden will continually be criticized until the season begins. The Colts simply need more outside linebackers to complement Werner, Walden and Mathis after switching to a 3-4 defense last season.
Without a selection in the fifth round, the Colts will be left with a pick in the sixth and two in the seventh to start adding some depth. Chase Thomas out of Stanford would be a great addition as an OLB, and he could actually get some snaps during the season.
What makes Thomas a solid pick is his ability to get to the quarterback. Whether it's blitzing the interior of the offensive line or going around it, Thomas can get in the pocket and get pressure. He has several moves to separate from the offensive line, including a solid swim move. He also does a decent job in zone coverage, but don't expect him to be much help on deeper routes.
Thomas is a late-round prospect because of his limited strength and athleticism. He isn't the kind of guy who will simply overpower the offensive line, and that's why he relies on his moves for separation.
There's plenty to like about Thomas. There are too few outside linebackers to like on the Colts' depth chart right now, and they need someone like Thomas to add some depth.
Aaron Mellette, WR, Elon
Reggie Wayne isn't going to play forever, and Colts fans are slowly beginning to realize it. The team was able to bring in Darrius Heyward-Bey and give him a one-year deal, but that is only a short-term option unless he starts putting up some solid numbers in 2013.
Aaron Mellette is another prospect who would be there in the sixth or seventh round. At 6'2'', he possesses incredible size and length that give him some serious raw potential based off of that alone. However, he also combines that with some solid speed and great route running to make him an appealing receiver out of a smaller program.
The downside is that Mellette is going to be a burner as a receiver on deep balls. He is fast, but he can just burn by the secondary like Mike Wallace or someone like that. He also isn't the best in generating yards after the catch, due to a lack of strength that hinders his ability to run through defenders despite his size.
Miguel Maysonet, RB, Stony Brook
Meet the biggest sleeper in the draft, Miguel Maysonet.
Even with Donald Brown and Vick Ballard on the roster, the Colts could give Maysonet a shot. With Pep Hamilton's run scheme from college, Maysonet would be an excellent fit with his running style.
Maysonet is a one-cut kind of running back. He hits the hole with incredible decisiveness and doesn't hesitate at the line of scrimmage. That momentum heading through the hole gives him a full head of steam and makes him seriously difficult to bring down without getting four or five yards nearly every carry.
Normally, stats aren't something to look at for a prospect. However, the numbers for Maysonet, even if they were against weaker competition, were quite amazing. In his final season at Stony Brook, Maysonet ran for 1,964 yards and 21 touchdowns on 267 carries.
That's 7.4 yards per carry.
Maysonet doesn't possess superior speed or athleticism, and he tends to run upright rather than staying down low. However, his vision and ability to hit the hole quickly along with his great ball security will make coaches fall in love with him.