Indianapolis Colts' Initial 2014 Round-by-Round Big Board
It's that time of year, where mock drafts and big boards reign supreme for NFL draft coverage. With just five picks in the 2014 draft, the Indianapolis Colts' big board may not be as comprehensive as other teams', but it does allow us to zero in on a few specific needs and fits.
While a full big board with tiers by position is currently being constructed, here are a few players in each round in which the Colts have a pick that would be ideal for Indianapolis. Each round is broken down by tiers for now.
In the early rounds I tried to stick with players and positions in which the Colts would be looking at potential starters, although obviously nothing would be guaranteed.
While not everybody will agree on favorite draft prospects, we'd love to have your input. So, please, let us know who your ideal targets would be in the comments below, and keep an eye out for a full big board and more mock drafts coming soon.
Tier 1: S Calvin Pryor (Louisville), ILB Yawin Smallwood (UConn), WR Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt), CB Bradley Roby (Ohio State)
Tier 2: ILB Shayne Skov (Stanford), WR Allen Robinson (Penn State), G David Yankey (Stanford)
Tier 3: CB Pierre Desir (Lindenwood), S Ed Reynolds (Stanford), WR Brandon Coleman (Rutgers)
Pryor and Yankey would be huge steals if they fell to the Colts' second-round pick, although Yankey still falls into Tier 2 for me simply because of a lesser priority position-wise, with the starting guards all but locked in for 2014.
All of these players would represent good-to-decent value for the draft position, with the possible exception of Ed Reynolds. Unfortunately, the dropoff at safety after Pryor is extremely steep.
Tier 1: WR Jared Abbrederis (Wisconsin), ILB Chris Borland (Wisconsin), ILB/OLB Jordan Zumwalt (UCLA)
Tier 2: CB Keith McGill (Utah), DL Caraun Reid (Princeton), WR Donte Moncrief (Ole Miss)
Tier 3: S Terrence Brooks (Florida State), S Dion Bailey (USC), RB Charles Sims (West Virginia), OG Anthony Steen (Alabama)
My ideal picks would include either wide receiver, linebacker or secondary in each of the second and third rounds, but there are other options that could represent great fits in Indianapolis at other positions.
If the Colts do choose to go running back in this draft, I don't see a better option than Sims in the middle rounds. Reid is a penetrating, dynamic defensive lineman that could give the Colts an element on the line they desperately need.
Tier 1: RB Marion Grice (Arizona State), S Kenneth Ladler (Vanderbilt), CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste (Nebraska)
Tier 2: DL George Uko (USC), WR Jeff Janis (Saginaw Valley State), CB Nevin Lawson (Utah State)
Tier 3: OG Jon Halapio (Florida), WR Cody Latimer (Indiana)
Grice was once a top running back candidate, but slipped with some nagging injuries in the back half of 2013. He still represents a solid third-down option in the middle rounds, and could be a nice fit with Vick Ballard and Trent Richardson in Indianapolis.
One nice thing about the skill positions in this year's draft is how deep they are, especially looking at some of the prospects that fit into the Colts' schemes. They should be able to find some depth defensive backs later in the draft.
Tier 1: WR Cody Hoffman (BYU), S Alden Darby (Arizona State)
Tier 2: DL Deandre Coleman (Cal), RB De'Anthony Thomas (Oregon)
Tier 3: ILB Max Bullough (Michigan State)
I'm not the biggest fan of Bullough, but if he is still around late in the draft and the Colts still need inside linebacker depth, he's one they could spend a late flier on. Hoffman's production dropped off in his senior year, but he has as much potential as almost any receiver in this draft.
Thomas is one of the most intriguing skill players in the 2014 draft. While his size and frame (5'9", 176 pounds) have caused some to grade him very harshly, others have him as one of the top backs in the class due to his speed and quickness. If he's still around in the later rounds, he has the kind of potential you can feel more than comfortable risking a late pick on.
Tier 1: ILB Andrew Jackson (Western Kentucky), RB Storm Johnson (UCF)
Tier 2: ILB James Morris (Iowa), OG Zach Fulton (Tennessee)
Tier 3: S Ty Zimmerman (Kansas State)
If Andrew Jackson was at a bigger school, he likely wouldn't last past the fifth round, but his relative obscurity could be in the Colts' favor here. Storm Johnson is a powerful runner with reliable hands, and also has one of the best names of the 2014 draft.