2016 NFL Mock Draft: February edition
18th Pick – Indianapolis Colts (8-8)
Hunter Henry – TE
Arkansas – Junior
6-5, 253 Pounds
The size is a major reason why I put Hunter Henry here, with the Indianapolis Colts, and it makes so much sense. The Colts could very well be in the market for an offensive lineman, but I think they’ll find one in free agency. The Colts also have two free agent tight ends, Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen, and they really can’t keep both of them (even if they tried). With so many other needs (Greg Toler and Jerrell Freeman), I don’t think they’ll have enough room for the two tight ends anyways. Sliding Jack Mewhort to right guard (like I think they will) only fixes a small problem, what are the chances they need to replace Lance Louis and Khaled Holmes, both of which have been dreadful.
Andrew Luck could use more weapons (I know about Andre Johnson, T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief, and Phillip Dorsett), and it comes with a big red-zone target like Hunter Henry. Henry is a tough kid, seems like a kid who has developed since his freshman year as a run-blocker, and could be the type of guy the Colts could use in bubble screens. I hate using this, but Hunter Henry is “desceptively fast” off the line of scrimmage.
For much of the year, Chuck Pagano seemed to be on the way out, on the contrary, Pagano gets to develop Andrew Luck some more. Luck to a lot of beatings last season with a terrible (is that too mean) offensive line. At least if the Colts select Hunter Henry, they get themselves a check-down to bail him out. I don’t know if this selection is what is best for Pagano, but it is what is best for Andrew, and the Colts need to see that.
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