2010 NFL Mock Draft, Fans' Pick Edition: No. 31 - Indianapolis Colts
Well, this should be fun.
There aren't many, if any, teams who draft better than the defending AFC champions. Bill Polian has built the Indianapolis Colts into the most consistent regular season team in the NFL, and they've been to the Super Bowl in two of the past four seasons. Polian is also a pretty unpredictable drafter, so this is a tough task. Look no further than last season's first round selection of Donald Brown for evidence, as he was doubly surprising (because he went before Beanie Wells and no one thought the Colts would take a running back in the first).
Anyway, let's give it a shot. The Colts have made no secret about the fact that they want to revamp the offensive line, and the defensive line could use some depth. They could also use help at outside linebacker. Again, though, no one has any clue which way Polian will ultimately go.
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Brian Price, DT, UCLA: He seems like the perfect fit right here, and this point is affirmed because many mocks have him going to the Colts with this pick. Price has excellent strength and is explosive in shedding blocks. It would be a great balance for the Colts pass rush to get pressure up the middle -- as they already have it from the book-ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis.
Charles Brown, OT, USC ; Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland ; Rodger Saffold, OT, Indiana: Protecting Peyton Manning is paramount to the success of the team -- which is an obvious statement to anyone with a brain. Do the Colts grab any of these three potential Pro Bowl tackles? Brown is probably the most polished, Campbell has the highest upside and Saffold is consistent (and played for Indiana, many of whom's alums root for the Colts; the only thing is that there's no way Polian cares about this, nor should he).
Jerry Hughes, OLB, TCU: A ferocious pass rusher, would Hughes be redundant to the Colts' roster? If they want, they could grab him here and leave opposing quarterbacks even more fearful than before.
Jon Asamoah, OG, Illinois: He's projected as a second-rounder, but Polian doesn't care about that. The Colts do have an opening after saying good-bye to Ryan Lilja earlier this offseason. An argument could be made the Colts value protection up the middle of the line more than the outsides, and Jeff Saturday could always use a hand in the trenches.