Draft day is right around the corner. All of us at FPC Colts will be constructing out seven round mocks. Here is Elliot Denton’s mock.
Round 1 – Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
This pick should be Bradley Chubb but realistically there’s not much of a chance he makes it to sixth overall. The Colts select the best linebacker in the draft at a huge position of need. Smith is the perfect example of the new age linebacker, smaller but built on athleticism. He is an elite three-down linebacker who will man the Colts Mike linebacker position from day one. Using his athleticism and brilliant football IQ he will become the quarterback of the Colts defense for years to come.
Round 2 – Maurice Hurst, DL, Michigan
The best interior pass rusher in the draft falls into the lap of the Colts here. The Colts are in dire need of DT help and Hurst is exactly what they need. The new defensive scheme relies on pressure up front and Hurst will bring exactly that.
Round 2 – Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn
Davis fits the Chris Ballard cornerback mold to a tee. The combination of height, weight, length, and ball skills are exactly why Davis would be the perfect partner for Quincy Wilson at cornerback. Davis has double-digit pass breakups in each of his last three years in college. Uses his big hands to batt down and pull the ball away from the receivers hands. Plays press extremely well and can suffocate receivers off the line.
Round 2 – Braden Smith, OG, Auburn
Protect Andrew Luck. We hear it every year. With the pick of Smith, the Colts grab a tough mauling guard who can knock over defenders with power in the run game and can keep his quarterback safe in the passing game. Slide him into either guard position and he will help sure up the leaky interior of the offensive line.
Round 3 – Fred Warner, LB, BYU
Another linebacker. Yes, the Colts double down at their biggest position need by grabbing Warner. Similar to Roquan Smith, Warner is built in the new modern-day linebacking mold. Warner excels in coverage, often used in the slot against TEs. The Colts badly need linebackers who can run and cover and Warner is just that.
Round 4 – Kemoko Turay, EDGE, Rutgers
Pass rush finally gets addressed with one of the under the radar edge rushers in this draft. Turay was often miss used at times in college, yes he is still somewhat raw but the flashes and traits he shows on tape when getting after the quarterback are exactly what the Colts need coming off the edge in their new defense.
Round 5 – Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon
The Colts grab their Frank Gore replacement here in Freeman. Freeman is exactly what the Colts need to pair with the dynamic Marlon Mack. Freeman has experience in multiple schemes during his time at Oregon, and the production too. Good vision, muscular build, ability to carry the load, receiving ability and can stay in on third down.
Round 6 – Jaleel Scott, WR, New Mexico State
Scott is the big-bodied wide receiver the Colts have been looking for the past few years. Scott, 6 ft 5, uses his great height and length to aggressively attack the ball in the air. Shows off some incredible highlight reel catches also has experience inside the slot and outside on the perimeter.
Round 7 – Charvarius Ward, CB, Middle Tennessee State
Small school prospect with the height, length and ball skills that Chris Ballard covets in his cornerbacks. Standing at 6 ft 1 Ward has all the physical tools to develop, with the right coaching, into a starter. 14 pass breakups in a single season, even in FBS, shows talent.
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