INDIANAPOLIS -- Cornerback is an intriguing position for the Indianapolis Colts this offseason.
Vontae Davis is about to hit the free-agent market unless for some reason the Colts decide to use their franchise tag on him. Davis is the Colts' top priority when it comes to re-signing their own players. Cassius Vaughn, who started some in place of the injured Greg Toler, is also a free agent.
And speaking of Toler, he still has two years remaining on his contract but the Colts can’t count on him because he brought his injury problems with him to Indianapolis from Arizona. Toler missed seven games with a groin injury last season and was ineffective in the games he played in when he returned before the Colts finally placed him on injured reserve.
Which direction the Colts go in the draft is a toss up because they have a number of needs and they have limited picks (second, third, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds).
The defensive backs are scheduled to have on-field workouts during the scouting combine on Feb. 25.
Here are the top 10 cornerbacks in this year’s draft, according to Mel Kiper Jr.
1. Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
2. Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
3. Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State
4. Jason Verrett, TCU
5. Marcus Roberson, Florida
6. Bradley Roby, Ohio State
7. Keith McGill, Utah
8. Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida
9. Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech
10. Bashaud Breeland, Clemson
Kiper had Gilbert, Dennard, Roberson and Roby being selected in the first round in his most recent mock draft.