2012 NFL Draft Strategy: After a 2-14 season, the Colts have needs all over the field. The first pick is a virtual lock, so I won’t bother addressing the QB position. Their top needs look to be in the defensive backfield at CB and the SS position. With Jerraud Powers and Antoine Bethea the only core players amongst the DB’s it will be imperative that the Colts find some help in this area. With Jeff Saturday exploring retirement the center position could become a major need area especially if they have a rookie QB under center (even if it is Andrew Luck). The Colts will have to monitor free agency very carefully as they have a ton of expiring contracts. With both Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon as potential free agents, they could be looking for WR help somewhere along the way. Look for the Colts to address the guard spot at some point and it may be early if someone falls to them.
2012 NFL Mock Draft Selection: Whatever Jim Irsay decides to do with Peyton Manning will matter zilch for this selection. Andrew Luck will be the pick and they won’t hear any trade offers. Rob Lowe may have the inside info but it won’t matter come April because Andrew Luck will be the new face of this franchise as hard as that is to deal with.
2012 NFL Draft Strategy: John Beck and Rex Grossman didn’t exactly pan out. The Shanahan’s have to find a franchise QB. Either through free agency, trade, or the draft or it’s their jobs. Dan Snyder is going to lose his patience with his ultra-expensive coach if he keeps running bums out at QB position because of his ego. Shanny will have to set ego aside and go get a QB. They are prime to trade up for RGIII. Aside from QB they need a WR, LG, and RT on offense.
On defense they were much improved. That said, they have holes at ILB, CB, and need depth on the defensive line. Folks in Washington have to feel pretty good about the core of this defense.
2012 NFL Mock Draft Selection: Robert Griffin III is a special talent and I don’t see him making it to Cleveland. For that purpose I decided to include trades in this mock. While he may not appear to be a fit in Shanny’s offense there is no way they could look past his talent. In the end, RGIII does enough to impress that Washington will have a hard time not moving up. He’s good enough that he will remain at No. 2 in all future versions of our 2012 NFL Mock Draft. Read the rest of this entry » «2012 NFL Mock Draft : The best damn mock in the land»