With the twenty-third pick in the 2013 NFL Draft the Minnesota Vikings select Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor.
Next we address the 24th pick in the draft - The Indianapolis Colts are on the clock.
#24 Indianapolis Colts. Needs - G, RT, OLB. The Colts turned a lot of heads with their run to the postseason this past year. A weak schedule coupled with fine play from QB Andrew Luck made a major difference for the Colts in 2012. The pass-happy Colts threw the ball more than all but five teams last season, leading to a 7th place finish in passing yards. A 22nd ranked rushing attack was not only the result of fewer rushing attempts, but also caused by averaging a sub-par 3.8 yards per carry. The Colts O-line gets much of the blame for the poor rushing performance, and they also allowed 41 sacks on the year. Overall the Colts finished 18th in scoring by averaging just over 22 points per game.
The Colts switched defensive schemes in 2012, from the 4-3 cover two defense they had been running for a decade to a 3-4 defense and the results weren't pretty. The Colts finished in the bottom third in every major statistical category in 2012. They were 29th vs. the run, and only the Saints (5.2 yds/carry) gave up more yards per carry than the Colts (5.1 yds/carry). Indianapolis managed only 15 takeaways on the season, good for 30th in the League. The Colts only forced six fumbles the entire season, a League low, and recovered 3. The once vaunted pass rush duo of Freeney and Mathis led the Colts to 32 sacks, which was 23rd in the NFL. The highest rankings achieved by the defense, at 21st each, came in two areas - passing yards allowed and points allowed per game (24.2).
So what route do the Colts take with their first pick? Do they try to shore up that porous O-line that allowed Andrew Luck to get hit more than any other QB? Or do they try to shore up an even more porous defense? Reggie Wayne will turn 35 this year. Do they draft his eventual replacement? Dwight Freeney is done in Indy, and Robert Mathis is not far behind. Is this where Dion Jordan finally comes off the board to step in as a 3-4 OLB to take Freeney's spot? Decisions, Decisions...
Picks so far:
#1 Kansas City Chiefs - Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
#2 Jacksonville Jaguars - Bjoern Warner, DE, FSU
#3 Oakland Raiders - Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
#4 Philadelphia Eagles - Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
#5 Detroit Lions - Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
#6 Cleveland Browns - Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia
#7 Arizona Cardinals - Geno Smith, QB, WVU
#8 Buffalo Bills - Mike Glennon, QB, NC St.
#9 New York Jets - Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
#10 Tennessee Titans - Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio St.
#11 San Diego Chargers - Eric Fisher, OT, CMU
#12 Miami Dolphins - Keenan Allen, WR, California
#13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi St.
#14 Carolina Panthers - Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
#15 New Orleans Saints - John Jenkins, NT, Georgia
#16 St. Louis Rams - Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
#17 Pittsburgh Steelers - Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame
#18 Dallas Cowboys - Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
#19 New York Giants - Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
#20 Chicago Bears - Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
#21 Cincinnati Bengals - Kevin Minter, MLB, LSU
#22 St. Louis Rams - Cordarelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
#23 Minnesota Vikings - Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor