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NFL Mock Draft 2015: Indianapolis Colts Select Eric Kendricks

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With the 29th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts (represented by Alex Lyles) select...

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Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA

Run defense. That's the buzzword that's been used to describe the Colts this entire offseason. You can't win in New England without being able to stop the run. Now, Kendricks may not seem like the ideal answer in regards to shoring up the run defense, but hear me out. Having Kendricks in the fold would allow D'Qwell Jackson to focus on going downhill, leaving the majority of the pass defense to Kendricks. Kendricks is one of, if not the best coverage linebackers in the draft. Kendricks is very comfortable covering running backs, and carrying the seam. Adding Kendricks would allow the other linebackers (Jackson and Freeman) to play to their strengths.

Looking at the Colts roster, I felt that defense would be a priority. From the defensive line, to another corner, to upgrades at safety, all positions were looked at. But, with the off-season moves that Ryan Grigson has made, Kendricks made the most sense to me. I think a safety like Damarious Randall could also be an option, or continue to fortify the defensive line with someone like Preston Smith or Hendry Anderson. The way the board fell, Kendricks was my highest rated player available, and he also fit a need. Getting a Butkus award winner, who some rank as the #1 linebacker at pick 29, who would help everyone on your defense? Sounds good to me.

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Pick Team Selection Team Representative Approval Rating
1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston - Florida State
Hans Petersen 82%
2 Tennessee Titans DE Leonard Williams - USC Tee Word 85%
3 Jacksonville Jaguars DE Dante Fowler - Florida Khannar 80%
4 Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper - Alabama arcuate 73%
5 Washington Redskins DE Randy Gregory - Nebraska Lostastic 29%
6 NY Jets OLB Vic Beasley - Clemson BlackandGold4ever 52%
7 Chicago Bears LB Shane Ray - Missouri saintmanumit 28%
8 Atlanta Falcons DE Bud Dupree - Kentucky Dave Choate 46%
9 NY Giants NT Danny Shelton - Washington GoFastTurnLeftMaybeRight 60%
10 St. Louis Rams OT Andrus Peat - Stanford Kevin Sean Held 46%
11 Minnesota Vikings WR Kevin White - West Virginia gulf shores 60%
12 Cleveland Browns QB Marcus Mariota - Oregon ryan_la_sports07 68%
13 New Orleans Saints CB Trae Waynes - Michigan State Dave Cariello 57%
14 Miami Dolphins RB Todd Gurley - Georgia Ralph Malbrough 30%
15 San Francisco 49ers DE Arik Armstead - Oregon The Irish Assassin 31%
16 Houston Texans WR DeVante Parker - Louisville
quickdrawdoc 77%
17 San Diego Chargers OT La'el Collins - LSU LeedsSaint 66%
18 Kansas City Chiefs WR Dorial Green-Beckham - Missouri jmcmillan_93 46%
19 Cleveland Browns TE Maxx Williams - Minnesota ryan_la_sports07 46%
20 Philadelphia Eagles S Landon Collins - Alabama Matt Mosley 53%
21 Cincinnati Bengals OT Ereck Flowers - Miami coldpizza 60%
22 Pittsburgh Steelers CB Marcus Peters - Washington whodatgermany 73%
23 Detroit Lions DT Malcolm Brown - Texas Khannar 81%
24 Arizona Cardinals CB Jalen Collins - LSU saintmanumit 51%
25 Carolina Panthers OT Brandon Scherff - Iowa Jake White
26 Baltimore Ravens WR Jaelen Strong - Arizona St. quickdrawdoc
27 Dallas Cowboys RB Melvin Gordon - Wisconsin arcuate
28 Denver Broncos DT Michael Bennett - Ohio St. Ryne Hancock
29 Indianapolis Colts LB Eric Kendricks - UCLA Alex Lyles
30 Green Bay Packers
Matt Mosley
31 New Orleans Saints
Dave Cariello
32 New England Patriots
Whit Prottsman