This morning Colts fans were happy to see their first move of the 2018 season—a trade with the New York Jets.
In the move, the Jets received the third overall selection in this year’s draft. For the Colts, they received the sixth overall pick, two 2018 second rounders (37th, 49th) and a 2019 second-round pick. GM Chris Ballard stated multiple times that he plans on building through the draft and with this trade and possibly more to come, he will be doing just that.
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Now that the Colts have the sixth overall pick instead of the number three selection, players like Saquon Barkley are off the table. Here are a few choices that the Colts have if they decide to stand pat at number six:
Bradley Chubb, Edge:
A lot of speculation has Chubb still available at the number six pick. Nothing is guaranteed, but if he is still there at six, there is no question as to who the Colts will be picking when they are on the clock.
Quenton Nelson, Guard:
With the rumors of Justin Pugh and Ryan Jenson possibly signing with the Colts recently squashed by the two signing with the Cardinals and Buccaneers respectively, Jack Mewhort not yet resigned, and no current above average guards on the team, Quenton Nelson the bodyguard-esque player would be great to add to the offensive line and would fill a much-needed spot on the roster.
Denzel Ward, Cornerback:
Denzel Ward had an amazing combine bumping his draft stock from late teens to top 10. With the recent departure of Rashaan Melvin, Denzel Ward would be a great player to add with Quincy Wilson and Nate Hairston. Also with Pierre Desir yet to be resigned, there are only five corners on the team and I would be willing to bet you only know three at most. Quincy Wilson, Nate Hairston, Kenny Moore II, Chris Milton, and D.J. White. Chris Ballard has stated that the Colts will be drafting heavily in the cornerback position along with linebacker but we’re talking cornerbacks here. Ward would be a great start to the building through the 2018 draft.
Roquon Smith, Linebacker:
As I stated with Denzel Ward, Ballard said that he will be drafting heavily at the linebacker spot in addition to cornerback. With Jon Bostic not being resigned, the move to 4-3, and sadly the recent passing of Edwin Jackson, the Colts are left with Jerimiah George, Antonio Morrison, and Anthony Walker at the 4-3 linebacker spots. Not a strong group if you ask me. Smith would be a major upgrade just at this spot and with the possible pairing with Malik Jefferson in the second round, the sky will be the limit for the two.