Kiper: 'Probably five second-round' guards

INDIANAPOLIS – So you think it's difficult to figure out who the teams in the top five, 15 or 30 will select in next month's draft?

Imagine if the team doesn't have a first-round pick and doesn't select until late in the second round. That's the Indianapolis Colts, who have the No. 59 overall pick.

They can go in a number of different areas with their first pick.

Receiver. Reggie Wayne only has a few years left in what will end up being a Hall-of-Fame career.

Safety. Coach Chuck Pagano said that's a position they'll look in the draft.

Guard. That's a possibility, too.

Zach Allen, Khaled Holmes (guard/center), Lance Louis, Hugh Thornton and Donald Thomas are currently the guards on the roster. Restricted free agent Joe Reitz received a qualifying offer from the Colts last month.

ESPN's Mel Kiper said "there will probably be five second-round guys, maybe as many as six that go in Round 2, early Round 3."

"Kadeem Edwards at Tennessee State had an outstanding combine," Kiper said. "I thought he was good player. I tried to highlight one of the off-the-radar guys during the year, it was in October. There's going to be some depth at the guard spot behind the top guys."

Here are the top-10 guards on Kiper's draft board.

  1. Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State

  2. David Yankey, Stanford

  3. Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA

  4. Brandon Thomas, Clemson

  5. Joel Bitonio, Nevada

  6. Trai Turner, LSU

  7. Cyril Richardson, Baylor

  8. Jon Halapio, Florida

  9. Kadeem Edwards, Tennessee State

  10. Ryan Groy, Wisconsin