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    EditionEDTShareTweetShareShareColts Mock Draft - Post Free Agency Edition (Seven
    Round)!Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY SportsThe Indianapolis Colts stuck true to
    exactly what they said pre-free agency and did not make a splash last week,
    signing just one free agent. The addition of Devin Funchess makes wide receiver
    a bit less of a position of need, but still leaves some glaring holes to
    upgrade. General Manager Chris Ballard likes to enter the draft with as few
    needs as possible, so the team can focus on taking thebest player available.
    Unless Ballard adds more free agents, there will still be some big needs heading
    into the draft. With that in mind,here's a seven round mock draft scenario
    taking into consideration current and future needs, but attempting not to
    reach.1.26 iDL Christian WilkinsMatthew Emmons-USA TODAY SportsChristian Wilkins
    from Clemson is a force on the interior defensive line. He can rush the passer,
    holds up really well against the run, and would provide a big upgrade along the
    Colts defensive line. Wilkins is a pro bowl caliber talent and will push to
    start right away. Adding Wilkins to the defensive line group will improve the
    rotation that Matt Eberflus loves to use during game day. 2.34 S Chauncey
    Gardner-Johnson Jason Getz-USA TODAY SportsSafety is a huge need with the Colts,
    they need both depth at the position and a long term starter. Drafting
    Gardner-Johnson here is great value and fills a need. Gardner-Johnson could
    start immediately and provide a huge boost for the Colts on the back end of the
    defense. He is a smart safety who played all over the field for Florida, lining
    up at both safety and cornerback. Gardner-Johnson can match up in man coverage
    against tight ends and also plays with excellent range too. 2.59 CB Amani
    Oruwariye Rich Barnes-USA TODAY SportsCornerback is another position that needs
    to be addressed in the draft. After re-signing Pierre Desir to a contract
    extension, this position becomes less of a glaring need, but when there is a
    prospect such as Oruwariye available on the board then you have to pull the
    trigger. He is the perfect corner for the Colts scheme, as he excels in zone and
    press coverage and has the stature to be physical against bigger receivers. Add
    in his ability to find and locate the ball, and he's got the potential to be the
    Colts' future number 1 cornerback. 3.89 EDGE Christian MillerSteve Mitchell-USA
    TODAY SportsPass
    rush ,
    pass rush, pass rush! A team can never have too many pass rushers, and the Colts
    need plenty more of them. Christian Miller is the speed-type rusher than Ballard
    loves so much. Built with a similar frame and stature to Kemoko Turay, Miller
    has the length, speed, and counters to succeed at the NFL level. Miller could
    end up being a perfect pass rusher to match with Kemoko Turay and Tyquan Lewis.
    4.129 TE Jace SternbergerJeff Blake-USA TODAY SportsDrafting a tight end here
    might have some people scratching their heads. But when you consider that next
    year both Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle are due to be free agents and may end up
    leaving, then this pick will make more sense. Jace Sternberger is a big-bodied
    receiving threat that excels in route running and has the soft hands to catch
    the ball. Sternberger could end up being Luck’s go-to target in the future.
    4.135 WR David SillsReinhold Matay-USA TODAY SportsSome see wide receiver as the
    Colts biggest need.With the signing of Devin Funchess, it's slightly less vital.
    However, there is still a need for depth and to get Luck better pass catchers.
    David Sills is exactly that, a good pass catcher. The former quarterback possess
    a big body and is a polished route runner. Sills can stretch the field
    vertically and has great ball skills, and he showed at the combine that he has
    good speed, clocking a 4.57 sec 40. Sills would fight for a depth position and
    could end up being the team's future WR2 or WR3.5.164 OL Alex BarsMatt
    Cashore-USA TODAY SportsA Notre Dame offensive lineman who played with Quenton
    Nelson and has the base foundation of exactly what the Colts want from their
    offensive lineman? Yes, please. Alex Bars is a versatile offensive lineman who
    has put together some decent tape while in college backing up Nelson, then
    taking over for him when he entered the draft. If not for his season-ending knee
    injury he would have gone higher. The Colts grab some depth along the offensive
    line and a potential future starter in years to come.6.199 DL Michael
    DogbeThomas B. Shea-USA TODAY SportsWhat do Matt Eberflus and Chris Ballard both
    love from defensive linemen? Versatility. And that is just what Michael Dogbe
    brings. He’s an undersized interior defensive lineman who can play both inside
    and off the edge, showing off disruption and gap-shooting ability from multiple
    positions. Dogbe has been a terror at times and with some quality coaching could
    be just the piece the Colts defensive line rotation needs.7.240 RB/WR Tony
    PollardJustin Ford-USA TODAY Sports One word to describe Tony Pollard?
    Playmaker! Just get the ball into his hands and watch something special happen.
    Whether he's lining up at wide
    receiver Marlon Mack
    , running back or kick returner, Pollard just makes plays. Imagine
    the plays Frank Reich and Co. can draw up to get Pollard involved in the
    offense. Also, the Colts may finally have the answer at returner they have so
    badly needed in Pollard. Last week’s win against the Houston Texans was a
    crucial victory for the Colts’ push to the playoffs. The Dallas Cowboys will be
    visiting Indianapolis on Sunday following a five game winning streak over some
    of the league’s best teams. A Colts win is essential for any shot at an
    appearance in the postseason. “Obviously, against a tough opponent in the Dallas
    Cowboys who are on a pretty good roll right now,” Colts head coach Frank Reich
    said on Wednesday. “A good challenge for us.” The Colts have looked poised and
    confident in winning six of their last seven games, including the 24-21 win
    against the Texans in the battle for the AFC South. Colts defensive coordinator
    Matt Eberflus came to Indianapolis after six years with Dallas and has
    fine-tuned the Colts secondary to become one of the better defenses in the
    league. Eberflus has taken the Colts defense to 11th overall, 15th in passing
    defense and eighth in stopping the run. Quarterback Andrew Luck is having one of
    his best seasons and had a phenomenal game against Houston last week, completing
    27 of 41 attempts for 399 yards and two touchdowns. “We have a lot of respect
    for Dallas,” Luck said on Wednesday. “What they do on the defensive side of the
    football presents a big challenge. They have a really strong defensive line.
    They have a great core of linebackers – guys who can cover and guys who can run.
    But I think we are also keeping the focus on ourselves and what we are doing and
    not getting too caught up in our opponent or if they’re on a hot streak or not
    on a hot streak.” The Dallas secondary is fully capable of stunting Luck’s
    ability to make big plays. Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott combined with the
    ability of receiver Amari Cooper could be enough to takeover the game. Cooper is
    returning from a career high performance against Philadelphia with three
    touchdowns and 217 receiving yards. It’s clear that the Colts cannot afford to
    lose games if they want a shot in the playoffs. Andrew Luck will have to keep
    the offense spread out and Indy will need to utilize the skills of linebackers
    Darius Leonard and Anthony Walker to slow down Dak Prescott. Safety Clayton
    Geathers will remain questionable for tomorrow’s game with a knee injury. “I’ll
    be honest we are not looking past this game,” Luck said. “So for this game to be
    at home, yeah that’s big. It’s big, especially coming off the road in December,
    meaningful football games and it’s exciting. Lucas Oil has been rocking this
    year so we are appreciative of that and excited to play at home.”