|Posted by Andrew Aziz on March 1, 2013 at 7:20 PM|
2013 Colts Mock Draft 1.0
Xavier Rhodes – Cornerback – Florida State
The Colts could use a very solid #2 cornerback. Their secondary was lousy for the majority of last season, and that was due to the lack of talent. Cassius Vaughn got the majority of the starts at the #2 cornerback spot and he was just horrible. The Colts need more talent in the secondary. Vontae Davis is a huge bonus for them, but him alone won’t save this secondary. Having Rhodes on the outside and potentially Powers on the inside will make this cornerback group one of the better ones in the league.
Travis Frederick – Offensive Guard / Center – Wisconsin
I’m a huge fan of offensive lineman from Wisconsin. I think Wisconsin produces the best offensive lineman, as they produced guys like Joe Thomas, Kevin Zeitler, Gabe Carimi, John Moffit, Peter Konz, and Kraig Urbik, all of which are starter in the NFL, and good ones too. The Colts need a lot of help for the interior of their line. With him projected to go in the late 2nd round and early 3rd round, the Colts may have to do a bit of praying or even trade up to get him, but if Frederick is a Colt, he could start right away at guard. Actually, he’d probably be the favorite going into training camp. Barrett Jones should also be considered, but for the 3rd round spot only.
Kwame Geathers – Nose Tackle – Georgia
I believe that the Colts should give Josh Chapman a chance to start and play, because if they don’t, he would just be a waste of a draft pick, and in my opinion, a good player. Kwame Geathers isn’t ready anyways to take control of the starting nose tackle job. Geathers is a big guy who looked good when he rotated into the game when Jenkins was out. He’s a very solid run stopper who needs to be double teamed a lot due to his size. He and Chapman could make a good duo.
5th Round (Projected Compensatory Pick)
Ricky Wagner – Offensive Tackle – Wisconsin
As mentioned before, I am a huge fan of offensive lineman from Wisconsin. Now, Wagner is very interesting. I’ve been looking at some sites, and the majority of those sites has him going in the 5th round, and may go into the 6th round. I think that’s a ridiculous projection. However, I would be thrilled to pick him up with this pick. Wagner is my favorite offensive tackle in this draft. He’s an experienced tackle having played the left tackle position for a few years now. He has very good technique and has the type of body where he could add muscle. He has the potential to have the biggest impact out of any of these guys (in this Colts mock).
Cornelius Washington – Outside Linebacker – Georgia
Washington wasn’t very productive at Georgia, with Jarvis Jones commanding all the attention when it came to pass rushing. However, Washington had a fantastic combine, and could prove to be like Justin Houston. Both are exactly the same; same college, same athletic numbers, same demeanor and same production numbers. Houston has proved to be a great compliment to Hali. Hopefully Washington could be a great compliment to Mathis in a couple of years. It’s a bit of a risky pick, and it won’t solve the 3-4 OLB need right away, but it will help.
6th Round (Projected Compensatory Pick)
Ace Sanders – Wide Receiver – South Carolina
Ace Sanders is a very versatile little guy. He is a very good returner, but showed at the combine that he has extremely good hands. He had arguably the best combine out of all the receivers. If the Colts don’t sign anyone relatively big, then Sanders could compete with Brazill for the 3rd receiver spot. He could be a big asset on special teams, which is why I like this pick a lot.
Zeke Motta – Safety – Notre Dame
The Colts need a safety to play next to Antoine Bethea. It’s been the case since the departure of Bob Sanders. Melvin Bullitt didn’t do much. Joe Lefeged is a special teams player and a backup. Tom Zbikowski is proving to be a better backup. Motta is an interesting prospect. He was the best player in the secondary of Notre Dame, arguably the best defense in the country this last year. He wasn’t special, but he was efficient. That’s what the need at safety, a guy who can get the job done well. They don’t need anybody special because they already have Bethea next to him. Motta has the potential to be a very solid starter.