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WCG Mock Draft - Indianapolis (#32)

#32 - Indianapolis - Justin Harrell, DT, Tennessee

Why Harrell? Because the DT position is THE most important position in a Cover 2 defense. For all the glamour and praise Derrick Brooks got in Tampa Bay during their great days dominating on defense playing the Cover 2, he was next to nothing without the DT play of guys like Warren Sapp and Booger McFarland (both played DT). The Colts defense did not turn around until the Colts solidified their DT position by trading for Booger McFarland. However, if anything should happen to Booger, the Colts defense is sunk. Traditionally, the Colts have avoided taking DTs in the first round. They have passed on players liked William Joseph and Wendall Bryant, and for good reason. Harrell is different though.

Drafting Harrell makes sense for two reasons: 1) As an insurance policy in case McFarland gets hurt, and 2) Developing strong DT talent for the future. Although Harrell is a little big for Dungy's Cover 2 (310 pounds, 6'3"), but he is very quick, has a burst at the snap of the ball, and can penetrate into the backfield. He's a leader on the field with high intangibles and a strong work ethic. Guys like Joseph and Bryant in previous drafts were known slackers. Harrell works hard, plays hard, and plays hurt.

Durability is a concern, but the Colts are not looking for him to take heavy snaps in 2007. They will use him in their DT rotation, usually as the undertackle. With the loss of Montae Reagor and the eventual cutting of Corey Simon, the Colts are very thin at DT. Harrell immediately elevates the position.

Drafter- BBS

2007 NFL Mock Draft - First Round
Pick Team Player Pos. College Drafter
1 Oakland Raiders JaMarcus Russell QB LSU bears fan louie
2 Detroit Lions Joe Thomas OT Wisconsin South Side Irish
3 Cleveland Browns Calvin Johnson WR Georgia Tech elagoalie11
4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Gaines Adams DE Clemson NoisewaterMD
5 Arizona Cardinals Alan Branch DT Michigan Chad
6 Washington Redskins Jamaal Anderson DE Arkansas Skin Patrol
7 Minnesota Vikings Brady Quinn QB Notre Dame IrishGush
8 Atlanta Falcons LaRon Landry S LSU Coach Owens
9 Miami Dolphins Amobi Okoye DT Louisville McRipper
10 Houston Texans Adrian Peterson RB Oklahoma Scruffy Lefty
11 San Francisco 49ers Patrick Willis LB Ole Miss RME JICO
12 Buffalo Bills Paul Posluszny LB Penn St. Brian G
13 St. Louis Rams Adam Carriker DE Nebraska tyger1147
14 Carolina Panthers Greg Olsen TE Miami RME JICO
15 Pittsburgh Steelers Leon Hall CB Michigan shawngoldman
16 Green Bay Packers Marshawn Lynch RB California chad
17 Jacksonville Jaguars Reggie Nelson S Florida River City Rage
18 Cincinnati Bengals Brandon Meriweather S Miami elagoalie11
19 Tennessee Titans Robert Meachem WR Tennessee quartz77277
20 New York Giants Darrelle Revis CB Pittsburgh Coach Owens7
21 Denver Broncos Ted Ginn Jr. WR Ohio State Devin47
22 Dallas Cowboys Jarvis Moss DE Florida IrishGush
23 Kansas City Chiefs Dwayne Bowe WR LSU tomas21
24 New England Patriots Michael Griffin S Texas tyger1147
25 New York Jets Zach Miller TE Arizona State DTK
26 Philadelphia Eagles Aaron Ross CB Texas SouthernSlam
27 New Orleans Saints Chris Houston CB Arkansas tomas21
28 New England Patriots Jon Beason LB Miami tyger1147
29 Baltimore Ravens Justin Blalock T Texas jrm78
30 San Diego Chargers Dwayne Jarrett WR USC Electrogasm
31 Chicago Bears Levi Brown T Penn St. chad
32 Indianapolis Colts Justin Harrell DT Tennessee BBS