How do you replace an All-Pro like Bob Sanders? You don't really. Not right away at least. The guy was only the AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2007 and a two time Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection. No big deal right?
That being said, the Colts have played without him for long stretches this year and last and could be fairly well equipped to handle his absence if not affected by free agency. But with Melvin Bullitt an unrestricted free agent looking for a long term deal, all that may change. Thus the Colts will likely look to fill their need and draft a safety in this month's upcoming draft if not to replace Sanders and Bullit, then at least to provide insurance.
According many indications and reports, Colts' Vice Chairman Bill Polian is finally recognizing the need to draft an offensive lineman with the first pick, meaning safety will have to wait at least until after the first round and possibly longer. Here are a handful of potential prospects who should be around when the Colts look to address Sanders' departure later in the draft.