Peter King of SI.com had an intriguing idea recently when talking about a possible Colts-Bills trade this Thursday. King thinks the Colts would value multiple day-two picks instead of just one extra day one pick, so the gaining picks 12, 53, 56, and 96 instead of only 12 and 22. Using the infamous trade value chart, the Colts win King’s trade by 425 points (2035 to 1600) and win the other deal by 380 points (1980 to 1600). For reference, the Colts won the Jets trade by about 400 points, so either move is a win for the Colts fans, but what helps this team long term?
The Colts could use 22 to snag a blue chip player who slides in round one, like a Malik Hooker situation, or even use it to trade back with another team to amass more picks. With multiple second rounds picks they can take numerous starters and valuable contributors who can help rebuild this team with a lot of holes. Both options are easy to like, but unless one trade involves 2019 picks as well, it’s a toss-up for me.
Here the FPC Colts team looked at what a draft could look like if Ballard takes Peter King’s advice.
1.12. Tremaine Edmunds, LB, VT
2.36. Maurice Hurst Jr., DL, UM
2.37. Sony Michel, RB, UGA
2.49. Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn
2.53. Austin Corbett, OG, Nevada
2.56. Josh Sweat, EDGE, FSU
3.67. Antonio Callaway, WR, UF
3.96. Uchenna Nwosu, LB, USC
4.104. Duke Ejiofor, EDGE, WFU
5.140. Tarvarus McFadden, CB, FSU
6.178. Will Richardson, OT, NC St.
7.221. Cole Reyes, S, NDSU
This draft is quite a haul for Ballard and should get the Indy faithful excited for the teams future.
Edmunds is a beast and fits what Ballard looks for in a linebacker, Greg Doyle of the Indy Star not only thinks the Hokie is the pick for Ballard but believes he can play five of the seven positions on the front seven.
As good as Edmunds is, Hurst is easily the steal of this mock for the Colts, a terror in the interior, and a tone setter for a defense. The only reason why Indy even gets a sniff of him is the concerns about his health after he initially was diagnosed with the same heart issue as Star Lotulelei, but was cleared at the combine rechecks.
Michel is getting a lot of hype as a late first round back, and some even predict he will go before LSU stud Derrius Guice, but some ball security issues will likely push him into the 30s. The Colts look past those concerns and see a game changer back in the same ilk as Marlon Mack, giving the offense an explosive one-two punch that can turn a game around in a flash.
Davis is a big, physical, ball happy corner who could help give the Colts their own version of the Legion of Boom with Wilson, Hooker, and Gaethers.
Corbett is a safe pick at 49, as the Nevada product is an excellent and well-rounded guard who could slide in day one next to Ryan Kelly at left guard, helping sure up the porous Colts offensive line.
Josh Sweat is an explosive, but raw pass rushing prospect who needs some work, and his ability to play the run exceptionally well will help him get on the field earlier than some people may think.
Callaway is a question mark, one of the more talented wide receivers in the entire draft, arguably top three in the whole draft. The former Florida Gator has a myriad of off the field issues from his college days, ranging from credit fraud, marijuana, and even a cleared sexual assault allegation, causing many teams to take him off his board. Ballard is known for taking risks on troublesome players with excellent results, see Tyreek Hill and Marcus Peters in Kansas City, and hopes that Callaway adds to that list.
Picks 96 to 225 give the Colts more depth and possible starters who will give the team some much needed rotational abilities that champion teams always have. This draft is a home run for Chris Ballard, showing that this non-conventional thought process may not only be a good idea but the best idea.
Article by: Maxx Hotton
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