Indianapolis Colts: Jordan Matthews

INDIANAPOLIS -- After spending Thursday night with their eyes glued to a giant television in their war room as names like Manziel, Clowney, Bridgewater and others were selected, the Indianapolis Colts will finally have their chance to take part on the NFL draft on Friday night.

The Colts have the No. 59 and 90 picks on Day 2 of the draft. Nothing has changed as far as need goes with them. Safety, receiver and offensive line still sitt at the top of the list. Here are some of the players still available at those positions.

Receiver:
Marqise Lee, USC
Allen Robinson, Penn State
Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
Cody Latimer, Indiana
Davante Adams, Fresno

Safety:
Terrence Brooks, Florida State
Brock Vereen, Minnesota
Dion Bailey, USC

Offensive line:
Xavier Su'a-Filo, G, UCLA
Marcus Martin, C, USC
Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State

Colts general manager Ryan Grigson wants excitement from everybody in the organization on who they pick. Not just mild reaction to the pick.

"We want excitement when we are turning that card in," he said. "We want guys high-fiving, not doing limp handshakes."
 

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Here's Monday's Reading The Coverage:

--The Indy Star’s Mike Chappell caught up with Steve Emtman, the former Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman and No. 1 overall pick from the 1992 draft, to talk about being a dominant defensive force and the pressure behind it.

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is this year’s dominating defensive player in the draft. Clowney has a chance to go No. 1 overall in the May draft. He had 13 sacks and 23.5 tackles for a loss as a sophomore.

"It's always been my nature that whatever the situation, you've got to go out there and compete,'' Emtman told The Star. "That's the pressure I always felt. I didn't worry that much about what other people expected. I tried to be the best at whatever I did. That's part of being an athlete.''

--Stephen Holder, also of the Indy Star, writes that there’s plenty of depth at receiver in this year’s draft and that the Colts should be able to select one if they go in that direction in the second round. Holder mentions Penn State’s Allen Robinson, Jordan Matthews of Vanderbilt, Brandin Cooks of Oregon State and Davante Adams of Fresno State as possibilities.

The Colts have depth concerns at receiver as veteran Reggie Wayne is working his way back from a torn ACL at the age of 35.
INDIANAPOLIS -- The first-round pick the Indianapolis Colts gave the Cleveland Browns to acquire running back Trent Richardson in September was supposed to be one that didn’t carry much weight.

Richardson was supposed to hit the ground running, forming a nice one-two punch with quarterback Andrew Luck to go with receivers Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton and tight end Coby Fleener.

That obviously hasn’t happened because of Richardson’s slow start, Wayne’s season-ending knee injury and inconsistent play on the offensive line.

The pick the Colts traded away has more meaning now because the team needs to address the offensive line and receiver positions in the offseason.

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay released the first of many mock drafts to come on Wednesday. The Browns currently have the No. 23 pick thanks to the Colts.

You might want to close your eyes or take a few breaths before you continue reading because McShay has the Browns projected to take a … no, I can’t tell you. Never mind, he has the Browns projected to take Vanderbilt receiver Jordan Matthews.

Matthews is 6-foot-3 and coming off a season where he had 107 receptions for 1,334 yards and five touchdowns at Vanderbilt.

The Colts need help at receiver because Wayne will be 35 years old next season and coming off ACL surgery. Hilton will be back next season and Da’Rick Rogers has a chance to stick around, too, if he can stay focused off the field.

Check out what McShay said about Matthews and the rest of the mock draft.

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