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Fans of AFC South rivals should be particularly interested to see who the pick was for Andrew Luck & Co. The 2015 Battle Red Blog Mock Draft creeps toward resolution.

The man behind the man behind OMB.
The man behind the man behind OMB.
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The inimitable OneManBlitz steps to the podium and into the shoes of our Hoosier rivals as he delivers the first round (mock) draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts.

With the 29th pick in the 2015 BRB Mock Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select T.J. Clemmings (OT--University of Pittsburgh).

The Colts have needs at Defensive Tackle, Free Safety, and Offensive Line. Anyone who watched the Colts last year can tell you that their current Safety situation is a bit thin. The Colts struggled to stop the run game, especially versus the Patriots, and the pass protection for Andrew Luck was inconsistent. It was a bit of a musical chairs situation along the OL throughout the 2014 season.

Three choices here--DT, FS, OL--and after a quick scan of available Free Safety choices that I didn't like at #29, I debated between the run stuffing Nose Tackle Eddie Goldman out of Florida State or Offensive Tackle T.J. Clemmings from the University of Pittsburgh. I dug through multiple "Colts Draft Needs" articles until landing upon an article at the Indianapolis Daily Star in which the author had performed the hard work for me. His research of 15 Colts mock drafts found that the overwhelming choice in six of those 15 mock drafts, at pick #29, was an Offensive Tackle. A distant 2nd place was RB in two mock drafts and S in two mock drafts.

The article goes on to detail a few OL prospects, and so I went ahead and chose Clemmings due to the IndyStar.com write up, as well as Clemmings' draft profile at NFL.com that compares him to Duane Brown. Apparently, there is a greater desire to keep Andrew Luck clean in the pocket than there is upon stopping the run with a stronger defensive line. I would have chosen Goldman and put him at NT, but the cry of the Colts fans' hearts seems to be for more protection for Luck.

Obviously, it stands to reason that Andrus Peat and La'El Collins are higher ranked OL prospects than Clemmings, but in the BRB Mock Draft neither Peat nor Collins were available to me. I think the Colts could plausibly draft an OT at #29 unless they just weren't happy with the available players there. Looking at the OTs that came off the board in this BRB Mock Draft, I admit this is a risky selection, even though the majority of 15 various Colts Mock Drafts has been to keep Andrew Luck protected in the passing game. I personally would have chosen NT Eddie Goldman, but I feel like the truer pick for the Colts would be a perceived upgrade on the OL (read: Let's try something on OL again, like the Texans do with pass rushers).

If Clemmings ends up making steady progress once he receives NFL caliber coaching and learns the ways of more talented OL players, along with getting in sync with his QB, I think the pick has a chance at being a successful pick. The screen game with Frank Gore, since Clemmings is suited for a high quality screen game, is of particular interest when facing defenses with aggressive pass rushes.

I think this pick breaks hard, one way or the other. If it flops, it'll be a really bad pick and the Colts will still lack a run stuffing presence while also watching more inconsistent play on the OL in 2015. With the way the Colts are a QB-centric team, I suppose OL would be the safest or most prudent selection at #29 with so many other talented players at other positions already off the board.

Kudos to OMB for making what he thought was the most realistic choice for the Colts here instead of what he personally would have done. How would you have played it?

Green Bay and FeedEmToTheWolves8099 are now on the clock.  Or they would be, if he hadn't already submitted his pick.  Check back at 10 a.m. tomorrow to see who's heading to the Frozen Tundra.

Recapping the first round of the 2015 BRB Mock Draft so far...

Team
Reader
Player Drafted
Pos
School
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers hlc1221 Jameis Winston QB FSU
2. Cleveland Browns (From Tennessee) Caprock High Football Leonard Williams DE/DT USC
3. Jacksonville Jaguars AFBuzz Vic Beasley OLB Clemson
4. Oakland Raiders HTown5 Amari Cooper WR Alabama
5. Washington Redskins BriceMcCainHOF Randy Gregory DE/LB Nebraska
6. New York Jets WotanTX Marcus Mariota QB Oregon
7. Chicago Bears DaJarBot Dante Fowler Jr OLB Florida
8. Atlanta Falcons grandmasteroz Alvin Dupree DE/OLB Kentucky
9. New York Giants Coolbreeze3 Danny Shelton DT Washington
10. St. Louis Rams El Torito Brandon Scherff OT Iowa
11 Minnesota Vikings Puma028 DeVante Parker WR Louisville
12. Tennessee Titans (From Cleveland) Huggy The Bear Shane Ray DE Missouri
13. New Orleans Saints UTBawse23 Trae Waynes CB Michigan State
14. Miami Dolphins Bleyd La'el Collins OT LSU
15. San Francisco 49ers fredy05 Rivers McCown Kevin White WR West Virginia
16. Houston Texans BRB Masthead Eric Kendricks ILB UCLA
17. San Diego Chargers traviscogg Owamagbe Odighizuwa DE/OLB UCLA
18. Kansas City Chiefs

Zach_The_Gamecock

Rivers McCown

Cedric Ogbuehi OT Texas A&M
19.Tennessee Titans (From Cleveland via Buffalo) Huggy The Bear Todd Gurley RB Georgia
20. Philadelphia Eagles gm.in.waiting Phillip Dorsett
WR
Miami
21. Cincinnati Bengals Free Range Malcolm Brown DT Texas
22. Pittsburgh Steelers bigralph Landon Collins S Alabama
23. Detroit Lions BostonianToro Melvin Gordon RB Wisconsin
24. Arizona Cardinals bt20 Eli Harold DE/OLB Virginia
25. Carolina Panthers

TexanStro

Sugel Mendoza

Breshad Perriman

Andrus Peat

WR

OT

UCF

Stanford

26. Baltimore Ravens Three and Out Jaelen Strong WR Arizona State
27. Dallas Cowboys Roll.Texans.Roll Benardrick McKinney LB Mississippi State
28. Denver Broncos BNew417 Stephone Anthony LB Clemson
29. Indianapolis Colts OneManBlitz T.J. Clemmings OT Pittsburgh
30. Green Bay Packers FeedEmToTheWolves8099


31. New Orleans Saints (From Seattle) UTBawse23


32. New England Patriots MD.Texan


TIMING FOR SUBMITTING REMAINING PICKS:
Team
Reader
Pick Due By...
30. Green Bay Packers FeedEmToTheWolves8099 4/20 @ 7 p.m.
31. New Orleans Saints (From Seattle) UTBawse23 4/21 @ Noon
32. New England Patriots MD.Texan 4/21 @ 7 p.m.