- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Indianapolis Colts could help themselves at selecting a pass-rushing outside linebacker, cornerback, receiver or on the offensive line in the draft.
But with the top two receivers off the board in ESPN.com's #bloggermock draft, I think it’s too early for the first guy of the second group. Though if the Colts love a wideout, there is one risk: Houston needs a receiver three spots later and if the Colts pass on the one they are enamored with, they could wind up covering him twice a year.
Defensive end Datone Jones from UCLA has been a frequent mention for Indianapolis in this spot, and he’s a possibility.
For me, though, the way our draft has unfolded, it seems like Xavier Rhodes is a perfect fit. Vontae Davis can be a lead cornerback, but Greg Toler and Darius Butler will be better if they are competing for nickel and dime and depth.
Reviews of Rhodes sound a bit like what I imagine Chuck Pagano would write up if he was describing the kind of corner he wants on the Colts: “Exceptional height-weight-speed press corner with a unique blend of length, speed and physicality,” says Pro Football Weekly’s draft guide.
Sounds like he’ll be able to line up across form Andre Johnson and other big receivers the Colts will try to contain.
1. KC: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
2. JAC: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
3. MIA: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan (Trade)
4. PHI: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
5. DET: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
6. CLE: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
7. ARI: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
8. BUF: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
9. NYJ: Barkevious Mingo, OLB-DE, LSU
10. TEN: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
11. SD: Jonathan Cooper, G, UNC
12. OAK: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU (Trade)
13. NYJ: Tavon Austin, WR, WVU
14. CAR: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
15. NO: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
16. STL: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
17. PIT: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
18. DAL: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
19. NYG: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
20. CHI: Alec Ogletree, OLB, Georgia
21. CIN: John Cyprien, S, FIU
22. STL: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
23. MIN: Sylvester Williams, DT, UNC
24. IND: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
Follow our draft as it continues to unfold, right here.