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Mel Kiper: Colts draft Ohio State OL Taylor Decker in first 2016 mock

The NFL draft is still more than three months away, but it’s never too early for draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. to have a mock draft.

Don’t panic. Wipe the sweat off your forehead and palms.

Kiper doesn’t have the Indianapolis Colts taking another receiver with their first-round pick (No. 18) in his mock draft. He has them addressing a much-needed position.

The Colts, according to Kiper, will be taking offensive tackle Taylor Decker out of Ohio State.

Now it’s time for you to jump up and down and scream, “Yes!”

The Colts’ offensive line problems have been well documented in recent years. Indianapolis was second in the NFL in quarterback hits allowed with 118 this season.

An argument could be made that the Colts need three new starters on the offensive line – center, right guard and right tackle – for next season. Left tackle Anthony Castonzo and left guard Jack Mewhort are pretty safe at their positions.

Based on Kiper’s picks, Decker will be the fourth offensive tackle in the first round behind Mississippi’s Laremy Tunsil, Notre Dame’s Ronnie Stanley and Michigan State’s Jack Conklin.

The Colts haven’t taken an offensive tackle in the first round of the draft since taking Castonzo with the No. 22 pick in the 2011 draft.