Indianapolis Colts 2014 Draft Preview

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Updated: 5/02/2014 9:22 am

( - It's been two years and two 11-5 finishes with Andrew Luck as the quarterback in Indianapolis.

Now it's time to take the next step and become a legitimate Super Bowl contender, something made that much tougher by the fact that general manager Ryan Grigson traded the team's first-round pick in 2014 to Cleveland for disappointing running back Trent Richardson.

The Colts only have five selections in the upcoming draft and will not get a chance to pick, barring a trade, until the 59th overall choice yet they could use help at safety, linebacker and wide receiver.

Players with late-second-round grades who could be logical fits include USC center Marcus Martin or corners like Rice's Phillip Gaines and Utah's Keith McGill.

2013 Record: 11-5

Top Needs: CB, OC, WR

First Three Picks: No. 59, No. 90, No. 166

Number of Selections: 5 (2, 3, 5, 6, 7)

CALLING THE SHOTS: Grigson was living a charmed life by waltzing in and snaring Luck in his first season as GM, probably the best long-term QB prospect in a decade or more. Now, he's getting a few crossed-eyed looks for the first time thanks to his overreach for Richardson, a player who has shown absolutely no explosion in either Cleveland or Indy.

RECENT FIRST ROUND HISTORY: 2013 - Bjoern Werner (DE/OLB, Florida State); 2012 - Andrew Luck (QB, Stanford); 2011 - Anthony Castonzo (OT, Boston College); 2010 - Jerry Hughes (DE, TCU); 2009 - Donald Brown (RB, Connecticut); 2008 - none; 2007 - Anthony Gonzalez (WR, Ohio State); 2006 - Joseph Addai (RB, LSU); 2005 - Marlin Jackson (CB, Michigan); 2004 - none; 2003 - Dallas Clark (TE, Iowa); 2002 - Dwight Freeney (DE, Syracuse).


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