Colts GM looks ahead to NFL Draft

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2013, file photo, Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson watches warm-ups before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Indianapolis. The Colts are projected to be about $31 million under the salary cap heading into this offseason, and Grigson is looking to plug more holes on his team. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – One week away from the NFL Draft, the Colts needs may supercede the “best player available” philosophy.  Safety and center are their biggest holes and general manager Ryan Grigson said today the draft depth will help there.

Even though he doesn’t have a number one pick, he won’t rule one out.

“If the opportunity presents itself and there’s a player we feel we have to have, that collectively as a group we’re all really pining for, we’ll try and do that if that’s possible,”  Grigson said.  “But at the same time, I have five picks, so it’s not like I can offer up a whole lot to make any great moves upwards.”

Grigson was asked if there’s any different approach this year without having a first-round pick.

“It’s different because there’s going to be, I wouldn’t say weaker, but a lesser grouping of top talent available at that spot, but you’re still going to hope that one of those guys that you have in that upper group falls to you,”  Grigson told reporters.  “Then you work accordingly.”

The first round of the draft is set for Thursday, May 8, rounds 2-3 on Friday, May 9, and the 4th through the 7th rounds on Saturday, May 10th. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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