Indianapolis – While the Colts don’t have a 1st round draft pick this upcoming April, Chris Ballard has proven that he can find high level talent in the 2nd round and beyond. Braden Smith, Michael Pittman Jr, and Jonathan Taylor have all been 2nd round picks that have proven to be home runs.
NFL Draft Analyst for ProFootballNetwork.com Tony Pauline joined 107.5 & 93.5 The Fan Host JMV to dive into how some of the Colts positions of need are depth wise:
On Left Tackles: “They (the Colts) may be able to grab a good Left Tackle in the 2nd round. Rasheed Walker out of Penn State who I think is the premiere pass blocking Left Tackle in this draft. He has great footwork, he’s very smooth, very athletic, knows how to bend his knees. He played on a torn meniscus last year when he really shouldn’t have so he won’t be working out at the Combine but he’s a guy that has great upside and can quickly develop into a starter.”
The Deepest Position Group in the Draft: “Probably the deepest position available is the TE position. You’re not going to have any early 1st rounders but when you get through the late 1st-4th round you can come away with a really good TE.”
His Evaluation of Purdue WR David Bell: “He’s not the biggest or stoutest receiver. He’s not the fastest receiver but he’s reliable and comes up in the big situations. He uses the sidelines well and has great body control. There’s no great physical characteristic in his game like Rondale Moore had with his speed from a year ago.”
To hear the rest of JMV’s interview with Tony, listen to the podcast below! They talk about the QB draft class and if it’s as bad as everyone says, the upside for Purdue DE George Karlaftis, if Indiana TE Peyton Hendershot will be an impact NFL TE, and more!