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BBV Community Mock Draft: With 31st pick, Colts select ...

Charles Brown, OT, USC.

Playing the role of Indianapolis GM is 'Charles L.' He writes:

There were only two possibilities for my pick here once Arizona took Mt. Cody: Charles Brown and Maurkice Pouncey. Charles Brown wins because he:
  • Plays the 2nd most valuable position in football
  • Has rare technique and footwork for a college player
  • Is an elite pass blocker
  • Has the athleticism to pull out, hunt down, and obliterate the 2nd level on outside runs
  • Still has very good upside as he continues to grow into his position, both physically and technically
The Colts have been struggling to find a replacement for former All-Pro Tarik Glenn since he retired after the 2006 season. Charlie Johnson tries hard but lacks the athleticism to man the blindside while Tony Ugoh lacks a killer instinct and quoting from someone (can't find the page now...) on Stampede Blue, "needs to get his head out of his ass."

  • Though Manning almost never gets sacked, this is a result of his own ability, not that of his line. His backup, Curtis Painter, was obliterated, getting sacked 3 times in ~30 dropbacks.
  • The Colts are famous for a mediocre run game. According to FBO though, the line was very good to mediocre everywhere but off the left end, where they were the 2nd worst team in the NFL in Adjusted Line Yards. Guess who specializes in outside runs to the left?

A victim of their own success, the Colts have not had, and will probably never again get, a chance to draft a top-tier left tackle in the Peyton Manning Era. If Charles Brown falls to them, this is a no-brainer.

My take: This is a bit of a reach, I think. Brown is the best offensive tackle left on the board. But, is he really a first-rounder? There is a big difference of opinion on that. I'm thinking maybe the Colts would be better served by grabbing a defensive player here. Brian Price, maybe? Or even Maurkice Pouncey, the top center in the draft. Somehow, that seems better than using your first pick on the sixth-best offensive tackle in the draft. It's the William Joseph theory -- don't grab a player at a position simply because everyone else is doing it. That's how you get burned. To me, taking the best player in the draft at one position is better than the sixth at another.

1 St. Louis Sam Bradford QB Oklahoma Soldier_
2 Detroit Ndamukong Suh DT Nebraska soulpower
3 Tampa Bay Gerald McCoy DT Oklahoma i_formation27
4 Washington Russell Okung OT Oklahoma State G Fan in England
5 Kansas City Eric Berry S Tennessee ronjohnson
6 Seattle Jimmy Clausen QB Notre Dame CCE718
7 Cleveland Dez Bryant WR Oklahoma State GreatGatsby
8 Oakland Bruce Campbell OT Maryland Hoyadestroya85
9 Buffalo Dan Williams DT Tennessee The Greek
10 Jacksonville Joe Haden CB Florida jp2y
11 Denver Rolando McClain ILB Alabama NYG_Slater
12 Miami Jerry Hughes DE/OLB Texas Christian sunlion333
13 San Francisco Bryan Bulaga OT Iowa RIPShea
14 Seattle Trent Williams OT Oklahoma Ed V.
15 N.Y. Giants Derrick Morgan DE Georgia Ed Valentine
16 Tennessee Sergio Kindle OLB Texas Json
17 San Francisco Sean Weatherspoon B Missouri RIPShea
18 Pittsburgh Mike Iupati G Idaho ross_stephen
19 Atlanta Brandon Graham DE Michigan daddyzander
20 Houston Jason Pierre-Paul DE South Florida BitterEli
21 Cincinnati Earl Thomas S Texas Woogie526
22 New England Jermaine Gresham TE Oklahoma Ryan Valentine
23 Green Bay C.J. Spiller RB Clemson Dan Luibil
24 Philadelphia Anthony Davis OT Rutgers Bye Dawk
25 Baltimore Kyle Wilson CB Boise State Larry Soprano
26 Arizona Terrence Cody DT Alabama Snipah
27 Dallas Taylor Mays S USC pataroons
28 San Diego Ryan Mathews RB Fresno State hakeemthedream
29 N.Y. Jets Golden Tate WR Notre Dame Brooklyn58
30 Minnesota Devin McCourty CB Rutgers hurikaine
31 Indianapolis Charles Brown OT USC Charles L.
32 New Orleans GiantsReignSupreme