LuckAtLuke’s Inaugural 1st Round Mock Draft for Colts

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The Indianapolis Colts still have a number of holes to fill, particularly on the defensive side of the football. Will the defense get lucky and find a starting caliber safety early in this year’s draft? Or will the team look to upgrade in the trenches by adding a big bodied defensive lineman to help bolster its run defense? Perhaps, a premier player will fall to the Colts that wasn’t projected to actually be there…

Without further ado, here’s my inaugural 1st Round NFL Mock Draft:

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jameis Winston. 1. player. 48. The former Florida State Seminole stays in-state and becomes the “slam-dunk” #1 overall pick. No can question Winston’s talent, physical ability, or football smarts, it’s just whether he has the make-up and maturity to become an elite NFL quarterback.. Quarterback. Florida State

2. Tennessee Titans

Oregon. Marcus Mariota. 2. player. 35. Whether the Titans actually make this pick remains to be seen; however, it’s looking like Mariota has a strong chance to be the 2nd player taken off the board for a franchise quarterback needy team. The Titans will have to take a serious look in the mirror and wonder if that should be them with Jake Locker’s abrupt retirement and the jury still out on Zach Mettenberger as a long-term solution. Mariota has the physical tools and maturity to become an elite NFL quarterback someday, but his lack of a pro-style offense at Oregon is worriesome.. Quarterback

3. Jacksonville Jaguars

Leonard Williams. 3. player. 52. The Jacksonville Jaguars desperately need help on both sides of the football, and Leonard Williams is arguably the best player in his draft class. He just happens to not play quarterback, a position which is always held at more of a premium than defensive tackle. Williams is a player given his gifted football ability that a team can plug-in anywhere and worry about “the consequences” later.. Defensive Tackle. Southern California

4. Oakland Raiders

28. The Oakland Raiders opt to give their franchise quarterback in Derek Carr a talented new toy in Amari Cooper. While the team could also opt to select West Virginia’s Kevin White here, Cooper is probably more of a “sure thing”, and after getting burned by “boom or bust” prospects in the past, the Raiders will gladly welcome him to the silver and black.. Wide Receiver. Alabama. Amari Cooper. 4. player

5. Washington Redskins

6. New York Jets

Despite some off-the-field concerns, Gregory is a dynamic player coming off the edge and could be a premier pass rusher for the Jets 3-4 defensive scheme. Pass rushers are always held at a premium, and no one could blame the Jets if they opted to take one of the best ones off the board here.. Defensive End. Nebraska. Randy Gregory. 6. player. 30

7. Chicago Bears

7. player. 57. The Chicago Bears need desperate help on the defensive side of the football, where they are clearly no longer the “Monsters of the Midway”. As a result, new head coach John Fox opts for one of the most sure things in this year’s draft in Washington’s “dancing bear” in the 339 pound Danny Shelton, who can help to anchor his defensive line for many years to come.. Defensive Tackle. Washington. Danny Shelton

8. Atlanta Falcons

player. 44. Pass rushers…pass rushers…pass rushers. The Atlanta Falcons quickly join the club and take one of the draft’s most talented pass rushers in ACC product Vic Beasley. The 246 pound Beasley doesn’t offer a ton of power in his pass rushing game, but his speed should play-up plenty on Atlanta’s turf.. Linebacker. Clemson. Vic Beasley. 8

9. New York Giants

31. The New York Giants under head coach Tom Coughlin have always been a no-nonsense team, and when the team’s been at its best, it’s because they’ve won in the trenches. Scherff is a “meat and potatoes” type offensive lineman, who can start at right tackle from Day 1 for the G-Men and become an instant upgrade.. Offensive Tackle. Iowa. Brandon Scherff. 9. player

10. St. Louis Rams

player. 51. Whether the Rams actually make this pick is another story, but Kevin White is unlikely to fall out of the Top 10. If he ends up staying a Ram, the team certainly won’t complain, as new quarterback Nick Foles has Kenny Britt and Brian Quick to work with and little else offensively. White’s already dangerous speed could be lethal for opposing secondaries, playing on St. Louis homefield turf.. Wide Receiver. West Virginia. Kevin White. 10

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