Trent Stutzman

Colts Must Steer Clear Of Early Mistakes

Created on Apr. 15, 2013 8:45 AM EST

Yesterday, we ran an article on the top choices the Indianapolis Colts should consider with their first overall pick in the NFL Draft. This is the sequel to that piece.

We're not going to name any specific players the Colts should avoid. Everyone’s valuable at the right price — almost no one should be specifically avoided at all costs.

Rather, here are the specific positions the Colts should not target in the first round. It would be wiser for GM Ryan Grigson to wait until at least the third round to fill the following positional needs.

Running Back

I think the Colts could still use a powerful running back. New Offensive Coordinator Pep Hamilton has expressed his desire to pound the football, so a bruiser would be a nice complement to Vick Ballard and Donald Brown. Most would say Eddie Lacy fits this exact description. He does, but Indianapolis should hold off on him for two reasons. One, I’m still skeptical on how good he’ll be behind an average or bad offensive line. That monstrous wall he ran behind at Alabama sure helped him look better. Two, you should never take running backs in the first round unless they are sure-fire stars, which Lacey is not. Great running backs are found deep in the draft all the time.

Tight End

The Colts will be set at tight end for a long time. Between Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener, Indianapolis already has one of the league’s top tight end duos and they both have only played one season. They're only going to get better. Third-stringer Weslye Saunders only has one year left on his contract, so Grigson still might pick up another tight end during day three of the draft.

Offensive Tackle

Gosder Cherilus and Anthony Castonzo form a terrific tackle combination. The only way the Colts should pick someone to replace either one would be if it was for a true franchise-type player. In this draft, only Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher fit that description. In order to nab one of them, Indianapolis would have to trade up into the top five picks. Considering that they’re already without a second- and fifth-round pick, there’s almost no way that’s happening.

Inside Linebacker

I wouldn’t call it the most talented position on the Colts roster, but it is one of the deepest. Between Jerrell Freeman, Pat Angerer and Kavell Conner, Indianapolis has a trio of 26-year-olds that are all very solid options to start. Add that to the fact that there aren’t any stud middle linebackers this year, and a first-round selection at the position is a stay-away.

Quarterback/Fullback/Kicker/Punter/Long Snapper

This spans a wide array of positions, but I lumped them together because they are all no-brainers. The Colts obviously don’t need a starting quarterback. Although backup quarterbacks are valuable, they’re not first-round material. Neither is any fullback. And unless you’re Al Davis, you never ever take a special teamer in the first round under any circumstance.

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