INDIANAPOLIS – With the NFL Draft being pushed back to May 8-10 this year, that has allowed for more and more mock drafts.
Perhaps no draft in recent history has had so much uncertainty at the top with the opening round two weeks away.
The Colts currently hold the No. 59 pick and if that holds, their first selection will come on Friday night, May 9th.
Below is a compilation of four mock drafts from around the NFL with the Colts potential selections at No. 59 (FWIW, all of these mocks were done prior to center Phil Costa announcing his retirement):
ESPN’s Mel Kiper
59. Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
Landry isn't a burner, but he has some of the best hands in the draft and will make plays in traffic. The Colts gave away their first-rounder and need this pick to work out.
Bowen's Analysis: With 19 underclassmen receivers in this draft, pass catchers will be flying off the board especially on the first two days of the 2014 draft. In this mock draft from Kiper, he has players like Borland and Yankey (see below) going right around Landry. Kiper lists the Colts needs as safety, guard, wide receiver and outside linebacker for the 2014 Draft. Adding Landry to the mix at receiver would only add to the already strong competition at that position.
ESPN’s Todd McShay
59. Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin
I was surprised Borland lasted this long, but I think this is a case where positional value bumps him down a bit. I have an early second-round grade on him. I'd rather see him as a 4-3 middle linebacker, but he'd be fine at the weak inside linebacker position in a 3-4.
Bowen's Analysis: For Big Ten fans, Borland's name should be very familiar as he captured the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year Award last season. Borland racked up at least 100 tackles in each of the last three seasons. With
Jerrell Freemanreturning and D’Qwell Jackson joining the linebacker corps, the pick of Borland might not fall in line with an instant impact starter at ILB.
59. David Yankey, G/OT, Stanford
Adding an offensive lineman who can play multiple positions would be a good idea for the Colts, who have issues up front.
Pick change; previously Lamarcus Joyner, CB/S
Bowen's Analysis: The obvious connection to Stanford will be made if the Colts do select Yankey. At 6-5, Yankey has tackle size but it looks like guard will be his spot at the next level. He was a two-time All-American at Stanford and the Australian native would add to the Colts international roster.
NFL.com's Bucky Brooks
59. Lamarcus Joyner, CB/S, Florida State
Joyner lacks the prototypical size of a starting NFL cornerback, but his versatility, toughness and physicality should make him an ideal nickel corner as a pro.
Bowen's Analysis: What Joyner lacks in ideal safety size (5-8, 190 pounds), he makes up for in attacking the line of scrimmage in the run game. Joyner was an All-American last season for the National Champion Florida State Seminoles. There’s an open starting spot at the safety position and adding a player of Joyner’s caliber would create even more of a “cauldron of competition” next to