2017 NFL Mock Draft: Trio of quarterbacks land in top 10

Oct 29, 2016; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines linebacker Jabrill Peppers (5) walks off the field after a game against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 29, 2016; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines linebacker Jabrill Peppers (5) walks off the field after a game against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 26, 2015; Oxford, MS, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores linebacker Zach Cunningham (41) tackles Mississippi Rebels running back Jordan Wilkins (22) during the game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 26, 2015; Oxford, MS, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores linebacker Zach Cunningham (41) tackles Mississippi Rebels running back Jordan Wilkins (22) during the game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports /

46. . LB. Vanderbilt. Zach Cunningham. 12. player

The Indianapolis Colts need some help on defense, as they are only a couple of pieces away from being able to challenge for an AFC title. Two years ago, the Colts made it to the AFC Championship Game, but were manhandled by the New England Patriots. Last year, they fell to 8-8, as Andrew Luck battled injuries for most of the season.

In 2016, Indianapolis has been a yo-yo, looking very good one week, and very bad the next. They have the pieces in place on offense, and despite an aging running back, have not struggled to put up points. However, their defense has been atrocious at time, and they need to upgrade at the linebacker position.

Not only do they need a new linebacker, but they need an athletic one who can run all over the field. That player is Zach Cunningham, who is one of the more gifted linebackers in all of college football. Cunningham showed just how athletic he is this past week, when he jumped over the line and blocked Auburn’s field goal. He just may be the best defensive player in the SEC.