Mel Kiper 2011 NFL Mock Draft: Anthony Castonzo Would Be a Great Fit for Colts
Mel Kiper 2011 NFL Mock Draft Has the Colts Filling an Immediate Need
The Indianapolis Colts did their thing once again in 2010. They won 10 games, captured the AFC South, and then got bounced from the playoffs. Ho hum.
Because the Colts have been doing this for so long, it was pretty surprising how human they looked at times last season. In retrospect, we should have seen it coming. The Colts have always had their flaws, now more than ever. If they want to keep their dynasty alive, they need to have a very good draft.
Above all, the Colts could use some help on the offensive line, particularly at tackle. Mel Kiper has them taking a good one in Boston College's Anthony Castonzo in his latest 2011 NFL Mock Draft (must have ESPN Insider), and this seems to be a good fit.
As Kiper sees it, Castonzo is pretty much cut out to be a Colt:
[The Colts] need to be able to do more both in the run game and in pass protection. Castonzo is a smart, versatile tackle who has been consistently rated as a first-round tackle option.
Simple as that. Castonzo has all the physical tools, but its his smarts that make him the best option for the Colts. Peyton Manning is renowned for running a rather hectic offense, and everyone has to be able to keep up.
As much as I like the Castonzo pick, I do think there's a chance the Colts look elsewhere when they're on the clock with the No. 22 pick. For example, they could use an upgrade in the middle of their D-line, and it's going to be very interesting to see how they react if somebody like Corey Liuget or even Muhammad Wilkerson falls in their lap. That might be a bit of a stretch, but we all know that anything can happen on Draft Day.
If not, oh well. Castonzo would be a fine pick, and he would definitely fill a need.
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