Okay, so under ColtPlay’s little plan, the Colts have drafted Stanford’s Andrew Luck and Clemson’s Brandon Thompson, filling holes at quarterback and nose tackle respectively. But that still leaves crying needs at cornerback and tight end, and less desperate openings at inside linebacker, wide receiver, fullback and guard.
With their third-round pick (No. 64 overall), the Colts could fill their need with a receiving tight end by grabbing Georgia’s Orson Charles (6024/251/4.75). He’s an accomplished pass-catcher with very good blocking skills and a history of making lots of yards after the catch. Once considered a potential first rounder, Charles’ stock has been seriously downgraded by a recent DUI arrest, and a terrible pro day in which he ran a 4.90 forty. Charles is an honor roller, his pro day was in high winds and he always played fast on the field, though, so I think he’ll make a fine pro.
More likely, however, the Colts will address their crying need at cornerback. Three prospects stand out. Montana’s Trumaine Johnson (6017/204/4.61) certainly has the look of a No. 1 corner, but his disappointing forty at the Combine will have many teams wondering if he’s worth a premium pick. And it’s a big jump from Montana to the NFL. Still, he recorded better agility numbers than most of the smaller corners. In the proper scheme, he could excel if his head is screwed on right; but there’s no guarantee of that. Georgia’s Brandon Boykin (5090/182/dnr) has everything you want from a corner other than size and durability. While his ceiling is Antoine Winfield, his cellar is probably Jason David (okay, that was mean, more like Justin Tryon). He is, however, an outstanding return man, something else the talent-poor Colts need. He’s also a terrific little blitzer and has made significant contributions on offense. Similarly, Louisiana-Lafayette’s Dwight “Bill” Bentley (5100/182/4.43) is undersized and has injury issues, but is a top talent who looked like an NFL veteran at the Senior Bowl. He does not have Boykin’s return ability, though.
So when it gets down to it, the Colts will have to choose from Charles and his great ability and questionable measurements (and perhaps decisions), When it comes to the corners, you have Johnson with high upside but his questions and the two little guys. Bentley looks more NFL ready to me (based on his Senior Bowl practices and performances), but Boykin’s return ability is worth the pick alone, and he looks likely to be a very good NFL corner, if not a No. 1.
If he checks out as healthy, the Colts would be smart to pick Boykin.