The Indianapolis Colts were a busy team during the offseason following their loss in the AFC Championship game to New England. We all remember this game as Deflate Gate, but in all honesty the Colts weren’t winning that game regadless. It’s just like the Patriots to be annoying and stir up controversy. Andrew Luck is due for a monster payday in the near future and the Colts will need to adjust their salary cap accordingly. The team finally cut ties with running back Trent Richardson after his lackluster showing in Indy. He’s now a member of the Raiders which is a perfect fit for him. Former Niners running back Frank Gore was signed after he backed out of his deal with the Eagles. Gore and Boom Herron will make a nice pair out of the backfield for Indy. Colts legend Reggie Wayne decided to hang up his cleats and veteran wideout Hakeem Nicks was not brought back as well. Indianapolis upgraded the position by signing former Texans wideout Andre Johnson who was released by the club. Johnson and Gore are college teammates which drew them to joining forces in the AFC South. Another interesting signing the Colts made at wide receiver is Duron Carter, son of Cris Carter, who played in the CFL previously. It should be interesting to see if Carter can make the 53 man roster. Former Eagles guard Todd Herremans was signed as well to provide veteran leadership on the interior line for Andrew Luck and company. The Colts line could still use improvements along with depth so I wouldn’t be surprised to see them use a mid round pick on an offensive lineman. Veteran defensive linemen Kendall Langford was signed following the departure of Ricky Jean-Francois. Another former Eagle, Trent Cole, flew the coop and went to Indy with general manager Ryan Grigson who used to work for the Eagles. Cole will be in a battle for one of the starting jobs that include a group of Robert Mathis, BjoernWerner, Erik Walden, and Jonathan Newsome. Mathis most likely has the inside track to one of the starting spots because of his time in Indy, but he is coming off an Achilles injury. At the very least Cole provides great depth on a Super Bowl contending team. Jerell Freeman and D’Qwell Jackson make a nice pair of inside linebackers to go along with Nate Irving who was signed from Denver in the offseason. The Colts secondary will for the most part remain the same as in 2014 besides the swap of Laron Landry for Dwight Lowery at the safety position. Lowery played for the Falcons last season and Landry was released following another failed drug test leading to 10 game suspension to start the 2015 season. With the 29th pick in the 2015 Birds Scoop Mock Draft the Indianapolis Colts select…
Landon Collins- Safety (Alabama)
The Alabama safety has been the subject of much critique during grueling pre draft process. Some scouts view him as more of a safety in a linebacker’s body meaning he’s more designed to help stop the rushing attack of an opponent than read a quarterback. He will certainly bring a physical style to the back end of the Colts defense which they are lacking. Even in this day in age of “defenseless receiver” penalties, Collins would bring an intimidation and attitude factor Indianapolis can use. Collins will be able to play down in the box and also use his physicality to matchup with tight ends as well. He’s a very aggressive player and is a sure wrap up tackler which is vital on the back end of defenses. The downside on Collins includes his hands which often cause him to drop sure interceptions. That can lead to huge momentum swings in the NFL and alter the course of a game. Collins does not have great foot speed so he needs to remain discipline and avoid peaking into the backfield which he likes to do. The AFC South will not exactly be a quarterback gauntlet Collins be facing right off the bat. Blake Bortles, Zach Mettenberger and Brian Hoyer aren’t exactly the cream of the crop at the position. The Colts schedule is rather favorable at first glance with the first real challenge coming in Week 6 with the rematch against New England. Collins is slated to face Brady, Manning and Roethlisberger during the regular season of his rookie year. He’s been one of the most scrutinized players leading up to the draft and his stock has slipped quite a bit. However, I believe Collins is a very good football player who can be a valuable contributor in the right defensive system.
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