Colts 2013 Mock Draft: Predictions for Day 3
With the first two days of the 2013 NFL draft in the books, and the Indianapolis Colts' first two picks with them, the Colts have addressed the positions I predicted. Although the players were wrong, the Colts went pass-rusher in the first and interior offensive line in the third with Bjoern Werner and Hugh Thornton.
Now it's on to the third day, where the Colts have four picks. The Colts will look to fill out their roster with their final three picks, but with the depth in this draft they may still be able to get a starter in the fourth round.
Look for the Colts to address their secondary and possibly the offensive skill positions in the late rounds.
Round 4, 121 Overall: FS Bacarri Rambo, Georgia
With the pick of Hugh Thornton in the third round, the Colts still need to address their secondary in this draft. Fortunately, there is a decent amount of depth left at defensive back, specifically at safety with Syracuse safety Shamarko Thomas and Bacarri Rambo still available.
If Rambo lasts through the fourth, he would be a great pickup for the Colts as a future replacement for Antoine Bethea.
Rambo has elite skills in coverage as a free safety and would be a perfect candidate to drop back into a single-high safety scheme. This is the kind of scheme that would allow recently signed strong safety LaRon Landry to roam the intermediate areas as an enforcement type while Rambo (or Bethea in 2014) takes the deep zones.
Round 6, 192 Overall: WR Aaron Mellette, Elon
There are a few top receivers left on the board going into the fourth round, including Quinton Patton, Da'Rick Rogers, Ryan Swope and Chris Harper. I could see the Colts targeting any of those four in the fourth round, and if that happened I would expect this pick to be different.
But, if they go defensive back, as I've predicted, then Mellette may still be available in the sixth round for the Colts. Mellette has the size (6'2", 217 pounds) to be a very physical possession receiver and a good short-yardage target.
Mellette would be a potential starter or even No. 1 receiver in the future, much like Pierre Garcon turned into a few years ago. Mellette is a completely different type of receiver, slower with better route-running, but can be a more consistent contributor if he gets a chance.
Round 7, 230 Overall: RB Miguel Maysonet, Stony Brook
As with wide receiver, there is still a good amount of value on the board. I could see the Colts targeting a number of running backs prior to the seventh, such as Andre Ellington, Johnathan Franklin, Mike Gillislee, Marcus Lattimore or Stepfan Taylor. If they do go with one of those five in the fourth or sixth, this would change.
But if not, Maysonet should be a prime target in the seventh. Maysonet is a power back with quick feet and patience behind the line, and would be an interesting back in the power-running scheme.
Round 7, 254 Overall: CB Travis Howard, Ohio State
Again, there is still some great value on the board with corners like Jordan Poyer and B.W. Webb, but I expect the Colts to take a flyer on someone with great size and athleticism here. Howard is that type of corner; someone who could develop into an overall contributor and has a chance to contribute on special teams at the least.