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Top LBs an area of need for Colts in draft

2/17/2014

There’s a strong opinion from many, myself included, that the interior part of the offensive line and receiver are areas the Indianapolis Colts should look to address in the draft, free agency or trade.

Linebacker is another area of concern for the Colts.

Jerrell Freeman has had an incredible past two seasons, Robert Mathis dominated last season, Erik Walden didn’t live up to expectations after the Colts signed him last offseason and Pat Angerer, who lost his starting job before having his season end with a knee injury, is a free agent. Kelvin Sheppard replaced Angerer in the starting lineup and finished with 62 tackles.

The Colts, as you’ve known for the past five months, do not have a first-round pick at the moment. Their first pick will be in the second round at No. 59 overall. Their front office and coaching staff will be at the scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium later this week.

Here’s a breakdown of the top inside and outside linebackers, according to Mel Kiper Jr.

Inside linebackers

1. C.J. Mosley, Alabama

2. Chris Borland, Wisconsin

3. Shayne Skov, Stanford

4. Preston Brown, Louisville

5. Max Bullough, Michigan State

6. Yawin Smallwood, Connecticut

7. Jordan Zumwalt, UCLA

8. Glenn Carson, Penn State

9. Avery Williamson, Kentucky

10. Andrew Jackson, Western Kentucky

Outside linebackers

1. Khalil Mack, Buffalo

2. Anthony Barr, UCLA

3. Ryan Shazier, Ohio State

4. Dee Ford, Auburn

5. Kyle Van Noy, BYU

6. Trent Murphy, Stanford

7. Carl Bradford, Arizona State

8. Telvin Smith, Florida State

9. Lamin Barrow, LSU

10. Adrian Hubbard, Alabama

Kiper has Mosley and Mack projected to go in the first round of his most recent mock draft.