New England has been playing a cat and mouse game with Wes Welker over the past few seasons and may be forced to use the franchise tag on him if a deal can’t be reached. Welker, who has caught 122 and 118 balls over the past two seasons, would be a great pick.
Green Bay’s Greg Jennings will also hit the market. He provides an interesting possibility, although he has fought injuries over the past couple of seasons and looks an unlikely option for Indianapolis.
Is this a deep draft class for receivers? Not if teams are looking for legitimate first round talent, which I believe the Colts should be. Could quality be found in later rounds? Of course. We need look no further for evidence of that than Hilton.
That brings me to the running back position. I loved the toughness Vick Ballard played with last season. Who could forget the touchdown dive to the end zone in OT against Tennessee last year that was one of the Top 10 plays of the season?
But whom do the Colts have to run in tandem with Ballard?
Donald Brown? While Brown has shown flashes of what was expected out of the former first-round pick, there must be someone out there able to produce more.
Indianapolis needs a quality, dependable back, proven to carry a significant work load that’s still young enough to contribute for several years.
Enter Peyton Hillis. At 26 years old, this running back has a 1,000-yard season under his belt and has shown the toughness and grit needed by a running back in the NFL.
Miami’s Reggie Bush also comes to mind. As a receiving threat out of the backfield, Bush provides matchup nightmares for defenses and rushed for 1,000 yards in 2011 while missing that mark by less than 15 yards this year.