2011 NFL Mock Draft: Indianapolis Colts Draft Take

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Indianapolis Colts Draft Take
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The Indianapolis Colts suffered a lot of adversity in 2010, as they had to put 18 players on injured reserve last season.  It wasn't just the quantity of players who were injured, it was the quality of the players who missed time.  It's hard to have a successful season when you are missing guys like Dallas Clark, Bob Sanders and Austin Collie for long periods of time.

Peyton Manning is still going strong, and he is the main reason that the Colts made the playoffs in 2010, despite missing so many players.  He hasn't shown many signs of slowing down, but he most likely won't be playing for too much longer so the Colts will look to find a long term replacement for him in the next few seasons.  The running game should be better in 2011, as long as both Donald Brown and Joseph Addai can stay healthy.  The combination of the two gives the Colts a nice tandem at running back that adds another dimension to the Colts offense. 

The wide receiver group was hit hard by injuries too, as Anthony Gonzalez and Collie missed a big chunk of the season.  If they can stay healthy, the give the Colts one of the best groups of receivers in the league, along with Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon.  Clark is one of the best tight ends in the game, but Jacob Tamme showed he's no slouch either.  The combination of the two make the passing game just that much more dangerous. 

The offensive line is a big trouble area that needs multiple upgrades.  Jeff Saturday will be back at center, but every other offensive line position could be upgraded.

Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney both were pro bowlers last season at defensive end, and they give the Colts one of the best pass rushing duos in all of football.  Jerry Hughes struggled as a rookie, but he's got a lot of pass rushing talent.  The group at defensive tackle is not as impressive as the end position, and it's a position that could be upgraded.  Fili Moala and Dan Muir will both probably be back, but the question is whether or not the Colts bring in some competition for them.

Clint Session and Gary Brackett are solid veteran linebackers who will be starters again in 2011.  The Colts have some young talent at this position though, as 2010 rookies Kavell Conner and Pat Angerer played well last season and will probably compete for the other starting linebacker spot.  The secondary suffered a lot of injuries last season, and they have some questions moving forward into 2011.  Jerraud Powers, Kelvin Hayden and Jacob Lacey have talent and give the Colts decent depth but the question is whether or not they can stay healthy.  Antoine Bethea is a pro bowl caliber player at free safety, and Melvin Bullitt will start at the strong safety position after Bob Sanders was released.

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