And with the #27 Pick in the Arrowhead Pride Community Mock Draft, the Indianpolis Colts Select...

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                           Ohio St. LB James Laurinitis

craig in calgary with the pick...

To begin my pick, I think I better state a disclaimer that although I am a huge football fan, I am admittedly not a huge X’s and O’s kind of guy. I can’t say for sure how he would fit the Colts defensive scheme and I see they have a pretty decent MLB in Gary Bracket. However, when I see James Laurinaitis play and his presence on the field, I see a leader of this defense for the next dozen years.

Following the season, Laurinaitis was a projected middle-first round pick but following a disappointing combine which he posted a 4.82 time in the 40, he is projected to possibly fall out of the first round. I personally don’t see how a 40 time could affect a middle linebackers draft value, but then again, I’m not exactly a pro scout. For me, I’m looking at his 375 tackles, 9 interceptions and 13 sacks, and plugging him in the middle of my linebacker core and watching him be a perennial visitor to Hawaii or Miami or Calgary or wherever the probowl is played in the future. The 6'3", 240 pound Laurinaitis' combination of size, speed, strength, and instincts will make him an ideal fit for the Colts Defense who likes drafting and signing players of this pedigree.

To be honest I would have loved to go Wide Receiver in this position, but with 4 receivers off the board already in the AP mock draft, the next prospect would be a stretch and could be picked in the middle rounds. The Colts are in an ideal situation without any major glaring holes, so I will pick who I feel is the best player on the board, who ideally enough will help with the run defense which has been hit-or-miss the past several years.

Previous pick: CB Alphonso Smith

Read more: Scouting Report (Mocking the Draft)

On the clock for tomorrow: Philadelphia Eagles (ChiefsFan717) and New York Giants (ChiefsFan90s)

Click over for the schedule and current draft results.

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You think James Laurinaitis regrets not coming out last year? He was a top ten pick last year and now he's in danger of falling to the second round.

Pick Round 1 Selection Date Community Approval
1 Detroit Lions - UCrawford LB Aaron Curry Weds. March 10th Forgot to do a poll
2 St. Louis Rams - Lanier63 OT Jason Smith Monday, March 16th 67%
3 Kansas City Chiefs - TonyG88 OT Eugene Monroe Monday, March 16th 56%
4 Seattle Seahawks - mikvogel DT B.J. Raji Tuesday, March 17th 46%
5 Cleveland Browns - HIV2Elway WR Michael Crabtree Tuesday, March 17th 37%
6 Cincinnati Bengals - mistamic OT Andre Smith Weds., March 18th 43%
7 Oakland Raiders - mushin WR Jeremy Maclin Weds., March 18th 38%
8 Jacksonville Jaguars - DThomasReigns WR Percy Harvin Thursday, March 19th 29%
9 Green Bay Packers - JasonM DE/OLB Everette Brown
Thursday, March 19th 68%
10 San Francisco 49ers - Harry Feltersnatch QB Matt Stafford Friday, March 20th 61%
11 Buffalo Bills - ArrowDread LB Rey Maualuga Friday, March 20th 50%
12 Denver Broncos - Keyser Sose DE Brian Orakpo Monday, March 23rd 58%
13 Washington Redskins - Official Arrowhead Pride Parade T Michael Oher Monday, March 23rd 64%
14 New Orleans Saints - cmpotter CB Vontae Davis Tuesday, March 24th 46%
15 Houston Texans - ChiefsDude CB Malcolm Jenkins Tuesday, March 24th 61%
16 San Diego Chargers - Helmets DE Tyson Jackson Weds., March 25th 58%
17 New York Jets - NJChief QB Mark Sanchez Weds., March 25th 77%
18 Chicago Bears - Holmeslice QB Josh Freeman Thursday, March 26th 28%
19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - madtheory DT Peria Jerry Thursday, March 26th 45%
20 Detroit Lions (from Dallas) - UCrawford DE Aaron Maybin
Friday, March 27th 54%
21 Philadelphia Eagles - Chiefsfan717 TE Brandon Pettigrew Friday, March 27th 60%
22 Minnesota Vikings - kcsno56 WR Hakeem Nicks Monday, March 30th
23 New England Patriots - connerman RB Chris Wells Monday, March 30th
24 Atlanta Falcons - RedNose LB Clay Matthews Tuesday, March 31st
25 Miami Dolphins - shraggyj LB Brian Cushing Tuesday, March 31st
26 Baltimore Ravens - Ben S CB Alphonso Smith Weds., April 1st
27 Indianapolis Colts - craig in calgary LB James Laurinaitis Weds., April 1st
28 Philadelphia Eagles (from Carolina) - Chiefsfan717
Thursday, April 2nd
29 New York Giants - ChiefsFan90s
Thursday, April 2nd
30 Tennessee Titans - Lvl.99
Friday, April 3rd
31 Arizona Cardinals - THE_TRUTH
Friday, April 3rd
32 Pittsburgh Steelers - McWhirt33
Monday, April 6th

 

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