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Inside the NFL Draft: Colts team needs

A look at the prospects that fit in Indy. National Football Post

April 25, 2012
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We know the Colts are going to select Stanford QB Andrew Luck with the top overall pick tomorrow night in the NFL Draft, but what are the other needs in Indy as the club begins to rebuild the roster under a new coaching staff? Here are the prospects—and positions—we believe the Colts should target this weekend.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
2011 RECORD: 2-14
FIRST ROUND POSITION: NO.1

TOP PRIORITY: QB

Andrew Luck ICONStanford QB Andrew Luck.

Andrew Luck QB, Stanford: Doesn't have an elite arm, but is a "plus" in just about every other facet of the game. Is about as safe a franchise quarterback prospect you can find.

SECONDARY PRIORITY: WR

Marvin Jones WR, California: Possesses good size, good body control and hand eye coordination, and for his size is a pretty fluid athlete as well. Isn't a dynamic athlete, but should be able to find a way to make and earn playing time on an NFL roster.

Joe Adams WR, Arkansas: An explosive athlete who can go get the football down the field and has some savvy to his game setting up routes. However, is inconsistent catching the football and as a route runner. Nevertheless, does enough well to make a roster and see early playing time inside and outside. An ideal fit for Philadelphia running the deep crossers.

MID RANGE PRIORITY: CB, RB

Brandon Boykin CB, Georgia: Plays much bigger/strong than his frame would indicate. Has the ability to press on the edge, but might be better suited to play as a slot guy in the NFL. Either way can play a role on a defense in either a man or zone scheme.

Josh Robinson CB, Central Florida: Too many technical flaws to his game as of now that need to be cleaned up for me to feel comfortable using a first-round grade on him. However, because of his straight-line speed, natural fluidity and willingness to tackle, I would give the guy a "dirty starter" type grade who I wouldn't have too many reservations taking in round two.

Tauren Poole RB, Tennessee: A thick, strong back who runs hard and displays natural one-cut ability. Runs a bit high and isn't overly fluid making defenders miss. But can break tackles, play on third down and looks like a solid contributing NFL back.

Dan Herron RB, Ohio State: Isn't dynamic really in any athletic and/or physical aspect. However, he runs with a strong base, has impressive short area quickness and a natural feel between the tackles. Can certainly contribute early in his NFL career in a rotation and will create for himself if he has to.

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