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In the 2011 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts addressed their three biggest needs with their first three selections, at offensive tackle, guard and nose tackle.
In the 2012 NFL Draft, the Colts could either address defensive end, depending on what Jerry Hughes does, or try to find a receiver to succeed Reggie Wayne, who’s now 33 years old and will be a free agent in 2012.
Right now, Texas AM receiver Jeff Fuller looks to be a legitimate first-rounder. While I don’t see him completely filling Wayne’s shoes (few would be able to), I do think he could be a No. 2 option and, alongside the emerging Pierre Garcon, he could help Peyton Manning as an additional weapon.
Fuller broke out with the Aggies in 2010, catching 72 balls for over 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has size at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, nice hands and big-time playmaking ability.
And it’s not like Fuller’s previous two season were shabby either. As a freshman, he had 630 yards and nine touchdowns and as a sophomore he had seven touchdowns.
Even when his yardage wasn’t there his first couple of seasons, he showed he could make the big catch.
In 2010, he also excelled against some top competition. Against Oklahoma State, he caught eight balls for 69 yards and two touchdowns. Against Arkansas, he had eight catches for 154 yards and a TD. Against Texas Tech, he exploded for 171 yards and two touchdowns.
Even against top 2011 corner prospect Patrick Peterson of LSU in the Cotton Bowl, Fuller notched seven catches for 83 yards.
Fuller could be a nice addition to the Colts’ receiving corps, and with Wayne likely out of town come 2012, the team is going to have to start finding top talents at wideout sooner or later.
Manning can only do so much with limited resources.
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