Indianapolis Colts

On the clock: Houston Texans, Pick: 7.41


General Manager: @ColtsAuth_Kyle
Assistant GM: @caplan17

PickOverallChoiceNotes
2.2759Kelvin Benjamin, WR
from Florida State
The Colts need a wide receiver who can develop into a No. 1 receiver. Preferably this receiver would be a big red zone target who can make catches in traffic. We'd targeted Jordan Matthews here, but with Benjamin falling this far, it was a no-brainer. The value in the secondary isn't there at the moment, so Benjamin is a steal.
3.2690Ed Reynolds, FS
from Stanford
Reynolds fills the most immediate need for Indianapolis: a replacement for Antoine Bethea. His size and reliable tackling combined with his experience as a free safety should bode well in the Colts' system, which prefers its safeties to be interchangeable. Strongly considered Keith McGill here as well, but the cornerback depth is better in this draft than safety, and Reynolds was the last desirable safety left on our board.
5.26166Ego Ferguson, DT
from LSU
Ferguson's very raw, likely leading to his slide in this mock, but his athletic ability is something that is rare to find this late in the draft. Ferguson can play at any position on the Colts' hybrid line, and gives the team another versatile, young lineman they can develop behind the veteran core of Cory Redding, Ricky Jean Francois and Arthur Jones.
6.27203Storm Johnson, RB
from UCF
The Colts need somebody else to compete for a rotational role at running back. Bradshaw is injury-prone, Ballard is coming off of an ACL injury and Richardson is T3P0. Johnson combines strength and deceptive acceleration to be a powerful between-the-tackles runner, but he can also be a weapon catching passes in the flat. The board hasn't fallen our way in this draft after the second round, but Johnson is excellent value here. We also discussed Prince Shembo, but I don't feel like his skillset is what the Colts need at OLB. He seems to be more of a SOLB, when the Colts need a pass-rushing ROLB behind Robert Mathis.
7.17232Prince Shembo, OLB
from Notre Dame
With Shembo still here and at the top of our board, this didn't take much deliberation. He's not the ideal need for Indianapolis, but he should contribute on special teams and give the Colts depth. He'll have time to develop as Mathis, Walden and Werner take the majority of snaps in 2014.

Trade Details
Pick
7.17NFL: from Ravens for for A.Q. Shipley