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Last updated: Thu. Apr. 25, 2013 - 08:48 am EDT

Colts' Top 5 possible defensive back picks

Xavier Rhodes is a popular choice among mock drafts

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It's possible to look at this year's draft and say the Indianapolis Colts already landed their best choice at cornerback.

The Colts traded their 2013 second-round pick last year to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for Vontae Davis. After some initial struggles and injuries, Davis emerged as the real deal over the last stretch of the season.

Indy also made offseason moves to land former New York Jets safety LaRon Landry and former Arizona Cardinals corner Greg Toler, who moved east as Jerraud Powers signed with the Cardinals to go west.

But there's always room for more in the secondary, so the Colts could go with another defensive back at No.24 on Thursday night. Here are the Top 5 possibilities:

Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State, 6-2, 215

A ton of mock drafts have the Colts going with Rhodes at No.24, and his strengths are obvious. He's a big corner who can also play safety. He has speed, quickness and confidence. He picked off eight passes over the last three seasons. He can play man-to-man or zone coverage. In short, he's probably the best prospect at corner behind Albama's Dee Milliner.

Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington, 5-11, 190

He's been around the game his entire life, with brothers in the pros (Marcus with the Seahawks and Isaiah with the Jets). So he knows what it takes to compete at a high level. Most scouts point to his quickness and quick feet as major assets in covering wide receivers. If he has a weakness, it might be deep against the speediest of receivers, but that's a select group that occasionally might beat him. He's mature enough to be an immediate pro.

D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston, 5-11, 175

Would you take a risk on Hayden? Last Nov. 6, he suffered an injury, tearing the vena cava blood vessel in his heart. Surgeons performed open-heart surgery immediately, saving his life. During his time with Houston, he returned three interceptions for touchdowns and picked off six passes. He has great speed and has worked out twice this spring. Doctors have cleared him, but he's still a tricky pick.

Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State, 6-0, 186

Banks' 40 times (4.69 at combine, 4.67 at pro day) have caused some to drop his stock, even though he's a physical, aggressive, big-play corner. In four years, he picked off 15 passes. That shows a knack for the ball. It's very possible he could be picked long before No.24. But if he's there, like Vaccaro, he might be difficult for the Colts to pass up.

Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State, 6-0, 182

Poyer has decent size and a knack for getting his hands on the football (seven picks in 2012, 13 in his career). If there's one asset he has that can't be quantified, it's instinct. He was converted from safety to corner, and he knows how to make life miserable for receivers in man-to-man coverage. He can deliver some hits, as his special teams work showed at Oregon State.

rhayes@news-sentinel.com


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