Colts start to rebuild their line

05 May 2018 19:16:43 GMTPlus11

The Indianapolis Colts took the first steps to protecting quarterback Andrew Luck with their selection of two guards in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft last week.

Quenton Nelson was a potential Pro Bowl pick with the sixth overall selection and the Colts then added Auburn's Braden Smith in the second round.

Smith was one of four second round picks that Indianapolis ended up with as they look to rebuild one of the poorer squads in the NFL.

Linebacker Darius Leonard was selected from South Carolina State along with a pair of defensive ends in Kemoko Turay of Rutgers and Tyquan Lewis of Ohio State.

The potential problem for the Colts, 5.25 to win the AFC South, is that none of their second round picks fired the imagination.

Maybe the group comes good and the Indianapolis draft is as excellent as say, the New Orleans Saints last season, but USC running back Ronald Jones II and Iowa center James Daniels, the two players taken directly after Smith and Leonard, would seem to be better quality.

Similarly with cornerback a need, and not addressed at all, Daniels fellow Hawkeye Josh Jackson might have been a smarter selection.

Third round selections Justin Reid by the Houston Texans and Harrison Phillips, also from Stanford, who went to the Buffalo Bills would also seem, at least on the surface, to have been smarter picks.

This draft will rise or fall on the selection of Nelson who many consider the best overall player in the draft. But still, there is a feeling Indianapolis could have done better.

The Colts are 1112.00 to win the AFC title with the New England Patriots 2.20 and the Pittsburgh Steelers are priced at 1213.00.

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