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Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Colts need to draft receivers for 2015

By Mike Wells

INDIANAPOLIS -- I wrote on Monday about how ESPN Stats & Information believes safety is the primary need for the Indianapolis Colts.

The other position of concern for the Colts, according to the group is receiver.

Colts receivers dropped 8.2 percent of third-down targets from quarterback Andrew Luck last season. That was the highest in the NFL.

The decision to select a receiver isn't based off a need for next season. The Colts are set now with Reggie Wayne, Hakeem Nicks, T.Y. Hilton, LaVon Brazill, Da'Rick Rogers and Griff Whalen.

Indianapolis may not be able to say the same thing after the 2014 season.

Wayne and Nicks will both be free agents in 2015. Wayne will be 36 by the end of next season, so obviously he's only got a few more years left in what should be a Hall of Fame career.

"While you still want to restock your roster, you still want to be able to have guys that are ready to go out there and play that have been there, done that in a sense, so you can keep winning games," Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said. "It's about winning football games. We're going to try to get the best players. If they have to sit for a year, that may be the case. Hopefully, we're going to get guys that are going to challenge early."

Here's the top-10 receivers according to Mel Kiper Jr.

1. Sammy Watkins, Clemson
2. Mike Evans, Texas A&M
3. Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
4. Odell Beckham Jr., LSU
5. Marqise Lee, USC
6. Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State
7. Davante Adams, Fresno State
8. Cody Latimer, Indiana
9. Bruce Ellington, South Carolina
10. Jarvis Landry, LSU

Watkins, Evans, Beckham Jr., Cooks, Lee and Latimer could all go in the first round on Thursday.