Selection: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
Expert: Brad Gagnon, Bleacher Report
Date of mock draft: Feb. 22 (link)
Analysis: “With longtime starting left tackle Anthony Castonzo retired, Indy should look for the best offensive lineman available.
In this case, it can get good value from Virginia Tech’s Christian Darrisaw, who was a two-year starter in the left tackle spot for the Hokies. At, 6’5″, 314 pounds, he has the size and strength to contribute right away for a team in win-now mode.
The Colts might also need a receiver if T.Y. Hilton departs, a corner if Xavier Rhodes gets away and an edge-defender if they can’t keep Denico Autry or Justin Houston. But the defense is in much better shape in general, and they’ve invested plenty of draft capital in receivers Parris Campbell and Michael Pittman Jr. the last couple of years.
If Darrisaw is there, they have to pull the trigger.”