With the 24th pick in Pride Of Detroit's 2013 NFL mock draft, the Indianapolis Colts select Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant. Hyperion Ecta is serving as the Colts' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below.
The Colts have done a good job of filling the holes on their team through free agency. They signed former Lion Gosder Cherilus while also shoring up their holes on defense with signings like Aubrayo Franklin, Erik Walden, LaRon Landry and Greg Toler. In saying that, though, upgrades could still be made and the positions I targeted were DE, OLB, WR, OG and CB.
Rush linebacker I ruled out early, as the most talented prospects were already off the board. I considered Damontre Moore for a while, as he has great versatility and would seem to be someone who could replace Dwight Freeney, but as the Colts have moved away from that style of defense, I thought he might not be quite the right fit.
I also had a very, very close look at Datone Jones from UCLA, a versatile player who could play outside at DE while dropping inside if needed. He was the player I had my eye on from the start, but some players I expected to be taken fell. I also thought that while DE is a need, it is not a crucial one.
I considered shoring up their interior offensive line with Larry Warford from Kentucky, but he would most likely be a reach here.
What this pick really came down to was WR vs. CB. On both sides you had legitimate talents available. For the receivers, you had Cordarrelle Patterson from Tennessee, who could be a real game charger in this league, as he is highly productive with big upside. Or you had Keenan Allen from California, who is more of a possession type with some injury concerns. For the corners, you had Desmond Trufant from Washington, who has the bloodlines and the athletic ability to cover in this league.
I eliminated Allen since I thought he was slightly inferior to his counterpart because of his durability issues. That left Patterson and Trufant. Patterson possesses explosiveness and highlight-reel potential, but is WR such a big need? The Colts have Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton and now Darrius Heyward-Bey. It seems to me as if the Colts have enough weapons for Andrew Luck at the moment. However, despite the signing of Toler, the secondary still needs help. Trufant, with his athletic capability, should provide the Colts with a young buck in their secondary.
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