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2010 NFL Gridiron Gab Mock Draft:#31 Indianapolis

The Colts returned to the Super Bowl this past season. Not bad for a rookie head coach. Jim Caldwell and Peyton Manning return return for another run at the title. But, this year questions marks arise after a couple of losses in free agency. This team still has what it takes to be King of the Hill in the AFC, but the gap maybe closing. What will the Colts do to make sure they remain on top?

And with the 31st pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select..

OT Charles Brown, USC

Stephen Rhodes of ColtsGab debates on where to go with this pick, but reasons that Brown was the best option for the Colts..

With the Colts, it is about speed, save for the offensive line. Which is their greatest need in this draft as Peyton Manning apparently cannot rely on Tony Ugoh to protect his blind side. They also need someone to either spell Jeff Saturday at center or better yet provide competition at guard. They also need some defensive line help to clog the running lanes, as well. The Colts lost Marlin Jackson and Tim Jennings to free agency, so the secondary will need to be reinforced. A tough call here between the O-line or the secondary.

Fantasy Football Toolbox offers this scouting report on Brown..

Brown is another athletic offensive lineman out of USC. He began his career as a reserve left tackle, playing in nine games during his sophomore campaign in 2007.Brown became a full time starter during the spring of 2008. His play in 2008 earned him an honorable mention to the Pac 10 All Conference Team.

He is tall and with the frame to get bigger. He is an above-average pass protector, and gets set quickly and maintains good balance; shows adequate lateral movement and can mirror and slide with athletic edge rushers. Brown is fast and agile out of his stand; he is mobile and has better-than-average body control, balance and change-of-direction skills.

However, he is not a physical player. He does need to add bulk and strength. He also lacks explosive power and overwhelming mass, struggling to hold his ground against bull rushers when not playing with good leverage.

Brown is a solid prospect who excels at pass protection. In time he could become an elite pass blocker. The knock on him is his lack of strength, which downgrades his run blocking skills. Bottom line: he is a fine tackle with upside. With added bulk and more experience, he could start in the NFL within a few years.

Roll Call..

31. Indianapolis Colts- OT Charles Brown, USC
30. Minnesota Vikings- DT Dan Williams, Tennessee
29. New York Jets- DE Jared Odrick, Penn State
28. San Diego Chargers- RB Ryan Matthews, Fresno State
27. Dallas Cowboys- OT Anthony Davis, Rutgers
26. Arizona Cardinals- LB Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri
25. Baltimore Ravens- DE Carlos Dunlap, Florida
24. Philadelphia Eagles- CB Kareem Jackson, Alabama
23. Green Bay Packers- OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa
22. New England Patriots- DE/OLB Sergio Kindle, Texas
21. Cincinnati Bengals- TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma
20. Houston Texans- CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State
19. Atlanta Falcons- DE Brandon Graham, Michigan
18. Pittsburgh Steelers- OG Mike Iupati, Idaho
17. San Francisco 49ers- CB Joe Haden, Florida
16. Tennessee Titans- DE Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida
15. NY Giants- LB Rolando McClain, Alabama
14. Seattle Seahawks- RB CJ Spiller, Clemson
13. San Francisco 49ers- CB Joe Haden, Florida
12. Miami Dolphins- DE Jerry Hughes, TCU
11. Denver Broncos- WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State
10. Jacksonville Jaguars- DE Derick Morgan, Georgia Tech
9. Buffalo Bills- QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
8. Oakland Raiders- OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland
7. Cleveland Browns- S Earl Thomas, Texas
6. Seattle Seahawks- DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
5. Kansas City Chiefs- S Eric Berry, Tennessee
4. Washington Redskins- OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
2. Detroit Lions- OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
1. St. Louis Rams – QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma

On deck..the Saints are coming!

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