One draft guru's thoughts on the Colts at No. 27

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    <p><em>Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky</em></p> <p>I asked Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com's senior analyst, to share his thoughts on the <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=ind">Indianapolis Colts</a> in the first round given these parameters -- their primary needs are defensive tackle, wide receiver and offensive tackle.</p> <p>Here's what Rang had to say in our e-mail exchange:</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Defensive tackle</strong>: An obvious need for the Colts and there is a possibility that there will be a good one left for them this late. Mississippi's <a href="http://insider.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2009&id=23891">Peria Jerry</a> is the type of penetrating three-technique defensive tackle they're missing. He should be off the board by this point, but teams are hot and cold on him. Another sleeper candidate for the first round is Missouri's Evander "Ziggy" Hood. He isn't as explosive as Jerry, but is more consistent and viewed as a safer pick.</p> <p><strong>Wide receiver</strong>: Could be a big area of need considering Marvin Harrison's cap number. The best fit athletically speaking would be Florida's <a href="http://insider.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2009&id=24688">Percy Harvin</a>. Assuming Harrison is gone and the team elects to move Anthony Gonzalez outside, Harvin's speed and elusiveness would make him a potential immediate impact guy in the slot and on special teams. He isn't the route-runner the Colts usually prefer, however, and certainly lacks height.</p> <p><strong>Offensive tackle</strong>: There could be two solid offensive tackles available for the Colts. Arizona's <a href="http://insider.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2009&id=24683">Eben Britton</a> gets a lot of attention, but I believe, lacks the feet to remain at left tackle considering the Colts' scheme. Connecticut's William Beatty has the athleticism, but lacks core strength ... He could be taken as a bit of a project, however, as he has rare agility as a run-blocker in space.</p> </blockquote>

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