The draft is a long way out and a lot will happen before draft night. There are tryouts, the combine, interviews, all star games, and after that teams will sign, cut, and trade people during free agency. This Colts mock will probably look very different as big boards and needs change in each of the 32 NFL teams, but it is still fun and interesting to see what it could look like.
Draft does not include trades of any kind.
Round 1 Pick 3: Bradley Chubb, EDGE NC St.
Bradley Chubb brings possible solution to the pass rush issues that have plagued the Colts since Robert Mathis led the league in 2013. An ultra competitive player with a high motor, his hand usage and first step are drawing comparisons to Joey Bosa, making him natural fit in the Colts new 4-3 defense.
Round 2 Pick 36: Kolton Miller, OT UCLA
Although the Colts will add offensive line talent in free agency, they will use the draft as well to help build a substantially better front line for Andrew Luck. Kolton Miller is a left tackle who will likely project as a right tackle in the NFL with his issues with speed rushers, which is perfect for the Colts who are set at left tackle with Anthony Castonzo.
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Round 3 Pick 67: Josey Jewell, LB Iowa
Inside linebacker is another position that the colts will likely add talent in free agency, but Josey Jewell will help the Colts move to a new 4-3 defense. Jewell has excellent range from sideline to sideline and coming from a hard-nosed school like Iowa, you know he will have great discipline and tackling technique, something the Colts have sorely lacked.
Round 4 Pick 100: Rashaad Penny, RB SD St.
A workhorse stud at San Diego State, Rashaad Penny has excellent college production: over 2000 yards, and seven+ YPC. With his size and strength, he will make a great partner to Marlon Mack’s shifty running style.
Round 5 Pick 131: Deontay Burnett, WR USC
A slightly undersized receiver, Deontay Burnett is likely relegated to the slot in the pros, which is precisely why the Colts will draft him. Josh McDaniels loves his slot receivers, and Ballard will want give him as many options as possible in that regards.
Round 6 Pick 164: Wyatt Teller, OG VT
The senior Teller has a great ability to set the tone in the run game but also can handle speed rushers which will help him greatly at the pro level.
Round 7 Pick 195: Tyree Robinson, S Oregon
This point of the draft is a crapshoot, so look to Ballard to fill a position with special teams versatility and good athletic numbers. Tyree Robinson is 6’4″, has decent balls skills, and projects sub 4.6 40 he will fit nicely as a high ceiling defender who at worse will be a special teamer for 2018 and beyond.
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