Sept. 22, 2012; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oregon State Beavers offensive tackle Colin Kelly (64) defends UCLA Bruins defensive end Datone Jones (56) in the fourth quarter at the Rose Bowl. Oregon State won 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Mock Draf 2013: Indianapolis Colts Select...

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The Indianapolis Colts select Datone Jones, defensive end from UCLA.

Chuck Pagano spent last season crafting his offense and now is the time to turn the attention to the defensive side of things. A former defensive coordinator, Pagano needs an edge rusher who can play right away and make an impact — and that appears to be Datone Jones.

Jones is a guy who shot up draft boards late in the offseason, but he’s being mocked in the first round for good reason. A fast, physical pass rusher, Jones is going to help give the Colts a presence on the defensive frontline the way Dwight Freeney was able to all these years. The production Freeney was able to give the Colts before they switched him to linebacker is something that was sorely lacking in Indy’s great run last season and it was a weakness that showed late in the year.

Really, defensive end is one of the only needs the team has, and while an offensive lineman isn’t a bad choice here, that can be had in the second round. A stout defensive end is a need and Jones will fill it for years to come.

Here is how the draft currently stands:

1. Kansas City Chiefs — Eric Fisher, offensive tackle, Central Michigan
2. Jacksonville Jaguars — Dion Jordan, defensive end, Oregon
3. Oakland Raiders — Sharrif Floyd, defensive tackle, Florida
4. Philadelphia Eagles — Luke Joeckel, offensive tackle, Texas A&M
5. Detroit Lions — Ezekiel Ansah, defensive end, BYU
6. Cleveland Browns — Dee Milliner, cornerback, Alabama
7. Arizona Cardinals — Lane Johnson, offensive tackle, Oklahoma
8. Buffalo Bills —  Chance Warmack, guard, Alabama
9. New York Jets — Jarvis Jones, linebacker, Georgia
10. Tennessee Titans — Jonathan Cooper, guard, North Carolina
11. San Diego Chargers —  Star Lotulelei, defensive tackle, Utah
12. Miami Dolphins —  Xavier Rhodes, cornerback, Florida State
13. New York Jets (via Tampa Bay) — Tavon Austin, wide receiver, West Virginia
14. Carolina Panthers — Sheldon Richardson, defensive tackle, Missouri
15. New Orleans Saints — Barkevious Mingo, defensive end, LSU
16. St. Louis Rams — Cordarrelle Patterson, wide receiver, Tennessee
17. Pittsburgh Steelers — Tyler Eifert, tight end, Notre Dame
18. Dallas Cowboys — Kenny Vaccaro, safety, Texas
19. New York Giants — Tank Carradine, defensive end, Florida State
20. Chicago Bears — Manti Te’o, linebacker, Notre Dame
21. Cincinnati Bengals — D.J. Fluker, offensive tackle, Alabama
22. St, Louis Rams (via Washington) — Eric Reid, safety, LSU
23. Minnesota Vikings — Arthur Brown, linebacker, Kansas State
24. Indianapolis Colts — Datone Jones, defensive end, UCLA

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