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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Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.
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|Pick||Team||Selection||Team Representative||Approval Rating|
|1||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||
QB Jameis Winston - Florida State
|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
|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|