With the 31st, it's easy to see the Colts go in one of three directions. They could try to improve the run game by drafting an offensive lineman. They can bolster the middle of the defensive front by drafting a tackle. Or, they could simply look at the best player available.
In the FC mock draft, the first round quality trench players are gone. That leaves Brandon Spikes as a consolation prize.
And if that's the case, Spikes is one hell of a parting gift.
I may be playing Colts GM in this pick, but I have a feel the real GM, Bill Polian, would be very intrigued by having a player of Spikes' quality remain available at this pick.
Considering Polian's draft history, this would be a very viable pick should the first 30 picks work out as projected.
First of all, Polian and the Colts value production. What a player did in an actual game means so much more than what a player does against a stop watch.
In 2009, the Colts went after the nation's top receiver and rushing (Austin Collie and Donald Brown). The result was an absolute steal with Collie, and, despite injuries, some flashes of future talent in Brown.
Spikes was an immensely productive player at Florida. He's made All-SEC team lists since his sophomore season. He was the only player in the nation to return four interceptions for touchdowns over the last two years. Remember, he's a linebacker, not a defensive back.
Even during what many called a disappointing senior year in which he was slowed by leg injuries, Spikes was still a finalist for the Bednarik and Butkus Awards.
Along with his output, Spikes brings his versatility to the Colts' defense. Spikes is capable of playing inside or out. He may even be able to play as an outside rusher to spell Dwight Freeney or Robert Mathis in certain situations.
The Colts do have some young talent at linebacker in Philip Wheeler and Clint Session, and they have an excellent leader in Gary Brackett. But depth is a real issue for Indianapolis, and Spikes could fill a much needed role in a team that requires depth in its front seven.
Now, I know the knock some may have against Spikes. Spikes was suspended last season after attempting to gouge the eyes of a Georgia running back.
I do not condone Spikes' behavior on the play. And while it was a highly publicized blip on his college resume, in the end it is just that. A blip. Spikes has never been in any other trouble, on or off the field. To his credit even, Spikes asked to extend his own suspension so he would not be a distraction to his teammates.
Every NFL team has a player that has made some questionable decisions, even a team with high morals such as the Colts. Owning up to his mistakes show Spikes is more than capable of being a player the Colts could be proud to have on the roster.
And I'm sure I'd be a little proud to if this mock pick should become reality.
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