October 6, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Allen Robinson (8) runs with the ball during the game against the Northwestern Wildcats at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Fansided NFL Mock Draft: Indianapolis Colts (Hypothetical) 26th Pick

Our friends at Factory of Sadness are hosting the Fansided Locals and NFL Sites Mock Draft.

The Indianapolis Colts don’t have a pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, but that won’t stop us from making a hypothetical selection.

With the 26th pick in the draft the Colts select…

Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State 

The Colts have a glaring need at wide receiver. Following the loss of Reggie Wayne to an ACL injury, the Colts struggled to move the ball consistently. LaVon Brazill and Da’Rick Rogers managed to fill in eventually and gave the team a lot of big plays, but they are not long term solutions.

Robinson fills a need at wide receiver. He was extremely productive at Penn State with 97 receptions for 1,432 yards and six touchdowns. He has a big 6-3 210-pound frame that is ideal for a possession receiver. 

Even with Wayne planning to return next season, he has more years behind than in front of him in his career. The Colts need to start planning for the future on offense and despite the team’s insistence on running the ball, they still need reliable pass catchers.

Of course this is all a moot point as the Colts traded away the first rounder for Trent Richardson. At this point, that trade has been a bust. Richardson did nothing to help this team win games this season. He made fans and writers alike rationalize the trade and hold out hope that he could be better at some point. 

Andrew Luck needs more weapons if he is going to truly be the future of this franchise. The NFL is a passing league and have top tier receivers is more important than being able to pound away on the ground.

There is a small chance that a full offseason and training camp will result in a more productive Richardson, but at this point a first round pick is far more valuable for this team. 

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Tags: Allen Robinson Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts Reggie Wayne Trent Richardson

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