Who Are Experts Predicting to the Colts in the Second Round of the NFL Draft?
'Tis the season for mock drafts, and despite the Indianapolis Colts' lack of a first-round pick, there are still plenty of opinions out there on which direction the team should go with their first selection.
With no first-rounder, the Colts' second-round pick is all the more important. I've put out several mocks in recent weeks, but it's time to bring in a little variety. Here are five players who have been mocked to the Colts in Round 2 in recent weeks.
CB Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State
Joyner is a favorite among Colts fans, with his versatility in the defensive backfield reminding some of Tyrann Mathieu. The Colts need a partner at safety with LaRon Landry, along with someone who can provide big plays, and Joyner may fit that bill.
DT Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota
Hageman would be a steal this late in the second round, but Miller has him falling all the way to the Colts in his most recent mock. CBS Sports has Hageman as the 35th-best player overall and each of their experts have him going in the first round of their respective mocks.
Granted, the Colts do need help with pass rush on the defensive line, and Hageman's penetration ability would be coveted. But, he needs to fall that far in order for that to happen.
OLB James Gayle, Virginia Tech
As we continue on our very defense-heavy group of mock drafts, we get our first linebacker. Gayle offers quick burst off the line, but his lack of pass-rushing moves and agility reminds me too much of Bjoern Werner to embrace this pick.
Gayle isn't a name that has been thrown out much for Indianapolis here. If they were to go outside linebacker, a guy like Demarcus Lawrence out of Boise State makes a little more sense.
SS Deone Bucannon, Washington State
Mock: Eric Edholm, Yahoo
The Colts have already checked out Bucannon, a strong safety who could fit in next to LaRon Landry, so this pick makes sense. While fans want a free safety to allow Landry to move back to a more natural SS fit, the Colts seem confident in Landry at free safety and an SS may be inevitable.
WR Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss
Mock: Mel Kiper, ESPN (subscription required)
The only offensive player in these mocks, Kiper mocked Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief to Indianapolis in the second round. Moncrief has been one of a few receivers who has been discussed regarding the Colts' second-round selection.
The Colts still need a long-term No. 1 receiver, and Moncrief has that potential.