Indianapolis Colts 2014 Draft Preview

The Sports NetworkMay 2, 2014 

( - It's been two years and two 11-5 finishes with Andrew Luck as the quarterback in Indianapolis.

Now it's time to take the next step and become a legitimate Super Bowl contender, something made that much tougher by the fact that general manager Ryan Grigson traded the team's first-round pick in 2014 to Cleveland for disappointing running back Trent Richardson.

The Colts only have five selections in the upcoming draft and will not get a chance to pick, barring a trade, until the 59th overall choice yet they could use help at safety, linebacker and wide receiver.

Players with late-second-round grades who could be logical fits include USC center Marcus Martin or corners like Rice's Phillip Gaines and Utah's Keith McGill.

2013 Record: 11-5

Top Needs: CB, OC, WR

First Three Picks: No. 59, No. 90, No. 166

Number of Selections: 5 (2, 3, 5, 6, 7)

CALLING THE SHOTS: Grigson was living a charmed life by waltzing in and snaring Luck in his first season as GM, probably the best long-term QB prospect in a decade or more. Now, he's getting a few crossed-eyed looks for the first time thanks to his overreach for Richardson, a player who has shown absolutely no explosion in either Cleveland or Indy.

RECENT FIRST ROUND HISTORY: 2013 - Bjoern Werner (DE/OLB, Florida State); 2012 - Andrew Luck (QB, Stanford); 2011 - Anthony Castonzo (OT, Boston College); 2010 - Jerry Hughes (DE, TCU); 2009 - Donald Brown (RB, Connecticut); 2008 - none; 2007 - Anthony Gonzalez (WR, Ohio State); 2006 - Joseph Addai (RB, LSU); 2005 - Marlin Jackson (CB, Michigan); 2004 - none; 2003 - Dallas Clark (TE, Iowa); 2002 - Dwight Freeney (DE, Syracuse).

Ledger-Enquirer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service