No matter who we draftniks continue to give to the Indianapolis Colts in our mock drafts every year, they always do the unexpected. Remember when either of Xavier Rhodes or Datone Jones was a sure thing to the Colts at No. 24 in 2013?
This year, there are mostly the same group of players being slated to the Colts at No. 29, whether it be /_/nfl-draft/scouting-reports/rb/2015-nfl-draft-scouting-report-rb-melvin-gordon-r4929″>Melvin Gordon, /_/nfl-draft/scouting-reports/c/2015-nfl-draft-scouting-report-c-cameron-erving-r5863″>Cameron Erving or, on the off chance, /_/nfl-draft/scouting-reports/ot/2015-nfl-draft-scouting-report-ot-jake-fisher-r5873″>Jake Fisher | Offensive Tackle | Oregon
By this time, the Colts really do not need to spend a first-round pick on an offensive lineman. However, this is the Colts making the picks, not us. If selected by Indianapolis, Oregon’s Jake Fisher could be the heir apparent at right tackle, replacing the no longer high-functioning Gosder Cherilus. The Colts could also use a long-term solution at right guard, with Todd Herremans only being a stop-gap to the next (hopeful) mainstay.
If the Colts did make this pick, it would not be the end of the world. Everybody knows that quarterback Andrew Luck can be among the elite when given time to survey the field, and upgrading his protection on the right side contributes to that.
Although many just have the words “soft” or “finesse” come to mind when thinking Oregon, Fisher is anything but. Yes, he moves well and can get into the second level with ease, but he also brings a bit of power to the table.
/_/nfl-draft/scouting-reports/cb/2015-nfl-draft-scouting-report-cb-kevin-johnson-r5969″>Kevin Johnson | Cornerback | Wake Forest
The Colts have only drafted ONE defensive back in the last three years, and they have actually managed to have a decent pass defense in that time. However, the buck has got to stop somewhere. They have to start drafting defensive backs.
Kevin Johnson is an up-and-coming prospect that has gained plenty of steam in the last couple of months. His developed coverage skills and agility give teams hope that he can be the pesky, gnat-at-a-barbecue type of corner for them. For the Colts, they could use that, especially when all of the attention from the offense goes away from Pro Bowler Vontae Davis.
/_/nfl-draft/scouting-reports/de/2015-nfl-draft-scouting-report-de-preston-smith-r5803″>Preston Smith | Defensive End | Mississippi State
The Colts really need upgrades all over the defensive line, and Preston Smith is one of the best five-techniques in the entire draft. Since losing Cory Redding and attempting to replace him with Kendall Langford, the Colts are another 200-yard rushing performance surrendered away from self-destruction.
Smith and his impressive frame (6’5”, 271lbs, 34” arm length) comes in and gives the Colts a boost against the run (27.0 career tackles for loss) and can help try and fill the pass-rushing shoes (16.0 career sacks) of Redding. Selecting Smith would equal the unsexy, yet home run of a pick that they made with Jack Mewhort last year.