The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Pro Sports

April 25, 2013

Unpredictable draft gets started tonight

Colts go on the clock at No. 24

INDIANAPOLIS — There are so few big-name stars in this year’s NFL draft that the NFL Network felt compelled to create one.

No, Leon Sandcastle — Hall of Famer Deion Sanders’ fictional alter ego — will not be the No. 1 overall pick tonight when the Kansas City Chiefs go on the clock in New York City. But that is one of the 2013 draft’s few certainties.

Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel is the favorite to hear his name called first. Unless, of course, it’s Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher — the left tackle rumored to be favored by new Chiefs head coach Andy Reid.

Florida’s Sharrif Floyd, Oregon’s Dion Jordan and Alabama’s Dee Milliner are projected to be the first defensive players off the board. But BYU’s Ezekial Ansah — a 6-foot-5, 267-pound athletic freak with just nine collegiate starts to his name — could leap-frog all of them and go No. 2 to Jacksonville.

Other questions that should be answered tonight include: Where will West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith land? How many guards will be taken in the top 10? And will this be the first draft in 50 years without a first-round running back?

But the question foremost in local fans’ minds is this: Who will the Indianapolis Colts draft with the 24th pick?

The answer, quite honestly, could be no one.

Several analysts believe this year’s draft could have more value in the second and third rounds than in the first. With several teams at the top of the second round expected to be interested in trading back into the late first to take a quarterback, there could be an opportunity for the Colts to recoup the second-round pick they sent last year to Miami for cornerback Vontae Davis.

But if no viable trade emerges, general manager Ryan Grigson has confidence he’ll find a solid player at 24.

“I love casting a wide net and just narrowing it down,” Grigson said. “The staff I have and the communication we have and the mutual respect we have, with the coaches and the scouts, it’s a great synergy. As long as we maintain that, I think we are going to have really good drafts.”

Here are five prospects the Colts could be interested in if they stay put:

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