The NFL Draft is only two weeks away, and the Colts plans are a bit of mystery. Will they stay put, will they go playmakers and high risk, or will the go safe and steady. With a bevy of needs at multiple positions, no one really knows what the Colts will do, but here I take a shot at four possibilities at each of the Colts first four picks. Each day you will get four options at each pick, there is one rule, no trades, the FPC Colts team will have and have already put out plenty of articles with trades involved, but here it will be if the Colts stayed put.
Bradley Chubb, EDGE, NC St
If I had to bet today, this is who the Colts will pick if they stay at six. Chubb is the best defensive player in the draft and fills a huge position of need for the Colts, he may not be entirely the athletic freak that Myles Garrett was in last years draft, but he makes up for that in elite technique and hand usage that will make him a terror at the NFL level.
Roquan Smith, LB, UGA
If Chubb is the best defensive player than Smith is my favorite to watch. Smith is the new school linebacker that flies from sideline to sideline while gliding through traffic to make the tackle. Another top player at a massive position of need for the Colts, Smith could be the plugin starter for the next decade at either Will or Mike linebacker positions in Matt Eberflus’ 4-3 defense
Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio St.
This is a sleeper pick here, as the Colts don’t necessarily need a corner with Wilson looking to take that next step in his sophomore season. Ward is the best pure corner in the whole draft and could be a Ballard favorite as he tries to build an elite secondary. I would not expect this pick at six, but if the Colts trade down again, Ward will be close to the top of my list.
Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame
Protect. Andrew. Luck. That is what this pick is all about, as Nelson is the highest floor/highest ceiling player in the whole draft, just at guard. Nelson will slide in seamlessly between Ryan Kelly and Anthony Castonzo, giving the Colts quite a talented offensive line for the first time in Luck’s career.
4+. Derwin James, S, FSU
(I know I said four, but I couldn’t leave James out) Welcome to the Legion of Boom Circle City style. James would give the Colts an outrageously talented and athletic secondary, especially at safety. Although the Colts have Clayton Geathers at strong safety at the moment, his health is always in question and is a free agent after the season. James is twice the player Geathers is, and his ability to cover tight ends and play in the box will let Malik Hooker player a true center-field safety position for years to come.