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On September 19, 2013, the Colts GM Ryan Grigson dealt his 2014 first round pick to the Cleveland Browns for running back Trent Richardson. The trade was labeled as a blockbuster and Indianapolis fans could not wait to see the hard nosed running back play in his first game. However seven months later, it turns out Tarzan plays like Jane.
With a few needs not fixed by free agency, the Colts desperately need to make sure they can fill the rest of their holes in this years draft. However, the Colts are lucky that there still is plenty of talent in this years draft. Earlier this year, Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said this years draft “is as deep across the board as any draft I’ve seen in 30 years.” There are plenty of first-year starter talent in this years draft. The Colts will have no problem in improving their roster this May. Here are some prospects the Colts could take with the 59th pick:
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1. Donte Moncrief WR Ole Miss: The Colts are in need of a wide receiver, T.Y. Hilton has become a great option for Andrew Luck, but with Reggie Wayne coming off of ACL surgery, the Colts need another option. Moncrief is a big, fast, and physical wide receiver, who would be perfect to match up with speedy a T.Y. Hilton. Moncrief stands 6′ 2″ and weighs over 220 pounds, which gives him the size to be a mismatch at the next level. He ran a 4.40 in the 40 yard dash with a 39.5 inch vertical. With his big frame and outstanding leaping ability, Moncrief will be able to grab balls out of the air and will be able to win many 50/50 balls. He also has the ability to make the first defender miss and pick up extra yards after the catch. His size, speed, and athleticism will make him a go-to target for Andrew Luck.
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2. DE/OLB Demarcus Lawrence Boise State: Outside of Robert Mathis, the Colts had a nonexistent pass rush last season. While Indianapolis drafted Bjoern Warner last season, he has not yet lived up to expectations. Demarcus Lawrence is a big physical and athletic defensive end who could thrive as a stand up pass rusher in the Colts 3-4 scheme. In two years Lawrence had 34 TFL and 20 sacks. He needs to get a little stronger and improve his straight line speed, as well as fix up a few character issues. However with that aside, Demarcus Lawrence would be a fantastic addition to the Colts pass rush and would take some much-needed pressure off of Robert Mathis.
3. Deone Bucannon S Washington State: With the departure of Antoine Bethea, the Colts secondary needs improvement. There were safeties available in free agency however the Colts did not sign one and at first appeared to stick with his backup, Delano Howell. Until Chuck Pagano told reporters the Colts were looking to draft a safety. Bucannon is a physical safety with good instincts and loves contact. He is big and a physical tackler. Bucannon had an impressive combine, running a 4.49 in his 40 yard dash and had 19 reps at bench press, he was also a top performer in the vert and broad jump, as well as the 3 cone drill. Bucannon has all of the physical tools to be an impact player, he just needs to work on fixing mental mistakes and staying disciplined on-field. If he can work on those areas he can become the perfect answer for the Colts.