5 Late-Round NFL Draft Prospects Perfectly Suited for Indianapolis Colts
After an incredible 2012 draft class that included players like Andrew Luck, T.Y. Hilton, Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen, the Colts didn't exactly have the best 2013 draft, as even their top pick Bjoern Werner failed to make a major impact on defense.
With that in mind, let's take a look at five prospects that the Colts could look at on the third day of the NFL draft that would be great fits on either side of the ball.
Chris Watt, OG, Notre Dame
The Indianapolis Colts clearly need help on the interior of their offensive line, and they'll need to grab help at both offensive guard and center before the season begins in order to keep Luck upright.
If Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano are looking for a spark plug, Notre Dame's Chris Watt could be just that at offensive guard, potentially changing the "soft" reputation of the offensive line. Watt is the exact opposite of a push-over at guard, as he's one of the most competitive players on the field that shows off tons of aggressiveness.
Watt is a pro-ready guard in the run game, and that could be a huge help for Pep Hamilton's offense as they try to get Trent Richardson going.
Donald Thomas will be coming back, but if Watt is selected and shows the same work ethic he did with the Fighting Irish, he could be starting opposite Thomas at the beginning of the season instead of Hugh Thornton.
Bryan Stork, C, Florida State
The Colts have a very interesting situation at center. After releasing Samson Satele, the Colts now have just Phil Costa and Khaled Holmes at the position. It's unclear whether or not Costa will start, and the Colts might consider trying to find another center through the draft.
Coming out of Florida State, Bryan Stork already knows what it's like to play center for a pro-caliber quarterback in Jameis Winston. He was the 2013 Rimington Trophy winner and was a first-team All-ACC selection for the second consecutive year last season.
At 6'4" and 315 pounds, he has ideal size and technique to be a solid player in pass protection on the middle of the offensive line. Less than ideal arm length will slide Stork down most teams' draft boards but given the need at the position for the Colts, they would be making a smart pick bringing him in.
Vinnie Sunseri, SS, Alabama
With Antoine Bethea gone, the Colts are going to have to find some help at safety. They probably won't find a starter in the defensive backfield on the third day of the draft, but they can find a suitable backup in the event that LaRon Landry gets hurt.
Alabama's Vinnie Sunseri had a very successful career with the Crimson Tide, but his college career was cut short after tearing his ACL back in October. Before the injury, Sunseri had two interceptions for touchdowns in the 2013 season, coming off of passes from Logan Thomas and Johnny Manziel.
Sunseri doesn't have the ideal size at strong safety at just 5'11'' and 210 pounds, but his instincts and football IQ make up for it. He's not afraid to play inside the box to lay down a hit, but he's also a strong player in pass coverage thanks to his ability to recognize routes.
Unfortunately, Sunseri isn't the best athlete at safety, and there will be plenty of questions about his health as he recovers from a torn ACL. Still, if healthy, Sunseri could be a player instantly ready to make plays on special teams while backing up Landry at safety.
Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State
If the Colts want to go in a less conventional direction to address their needs at safety, they could decide to draft one of the more interesting late-round prospects in this year's draft.
Florida State's Telvin Smith spent last season at outside linebacker, recording 90 total tackles, 9.5 for loss, two sacks, three interceptions and two defensive touchdowns. However, given his athleticism, size and coverage skills, Smith may actually be more well-suited to play strong safety in the NFL.
When Smith makes a play, he let's everyone know, firing up the crowd and his teammates. His awareness during plays helps him break up plays on a consistent basis, but his athleticism stands out over everything else, as he can close in on even the speediest of ball-carriers.
Storm Johnson, RB, Central Florida
Given the shelf life at the position, most teams tend to try to find running backs in the later rounds of the draft that could be valuable players for a few years. If you don't believe me, just look at Zac Stacy of the St. Louis Rams and Andre Ellington of the Arizona Cardinals, as they were taken in the fifth and sixth rounds respectively.
The Colts seem to be determined to stick with Trent Richardson but considering Ahmad Bradshaw could be gone after this season and Vick Ballard is an uncertainty after coming off of a torn ACL, bringing in another running back couldn't hurt.
One late-round running back that's caught my eye has been Central Florida's Storm Johnson. He ran for 1,139 yards and 14 touchdowns last season, averaging an impressive 5.3 yards per carry with the Knights. He has a nice build for an NFL-caliber running back and he uses his strength to push through the line of scrimmage when running between the tackles.
Johnson isn't the fastest running back or the most elusive, but his vision and ability to make plays in the open field sounds perfect for Hamilton's power running scheme and the "No Coast" offense.