The big day is almost here. Tomorrow night, the Colts will draft players that could shape their roster for many years to come. Here, I give you my final mock draft. It is bittersweet, but I can’t wait.
TRADE WITH CARDINALS
Colts Recieve: R1P15, R2P47, R3P79, R3P97, 2019 R1, 2019 R2
Cardinals Recieve: R1P6, 2019 R3
In order to move up nine whole spots to get their quarterback, the Cardinals will have to give up a ransom. They are a team who is an elite quarterback away from being one of the best teams in the NFL. They have Sam Bradford but he isn’t getting any younger. They’ll want a long-term option and one will likely be on the board at six. Chris Ballard happily takes this deal, gaining an extra second and two extra thirds this year, along with two picks next year. If Bradley Chubb is not there at six the Colts will likely trade down. The Colts have so many needs that Ballard will want as many picks as possible to remedy this roster.
For everyone that says that “X team wouldn’t do that because they are rumored to do something else,” think about this. Why would any NFL team openly disclose its draft plans to the public? This trade is just a thought. And for the picks, it’s impossible to get any right anyways. This is just my take. I tried to make this as realistic as possible. Now, let’s get into the mock.
Round One, Pick 15: Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College
Harold Landry may well not be available here but he very well could be. The Colts miss out on the best EDGE in the class in Bradley Chubb but pick up the second best one in Landry. He doesn’t have great size and has some injury history, but Landry is the best pure pass rusher in the class. His bend, dip and rip combo is unstoppable and he has the speed to beat almost anyone off of the edge. Landry has the chance to be a 15+ sack guy early in his career.
Round Two, Pick 36: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
After losing Rashaan Melvin, the Colts are thin at corner. Oliver is a tall and fast cornerback with elite length. He is a shutdown, press man corner with great ball skills and nuance in his game. Oliver should have the ability to take receivers out of the game in the NFL, giving a huge boost to the Colts’ defense.
Round Two, Pick 37: Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
The Colts have a huge hole at linebacker. Malik Jefferson is a raw, developmental prospect but he has the physical tools and upside to be a great linebacker in this league. Jefferson could realistically play any of the 4-3 linebacker spots; he fits Matt Eberflus’s scheme perfectly.
Round Two, Pick 47: Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
Anthony Miller is a pure slot receiver. He is quick, explosive out of breaks, has good hands and may be the best route runner in this entire class. Miller joins T.Y. Hilton and Ryan Grant in a wide receiver corps that will give Andrew Luck quite a bit of help.
Round Two, Pick 49: Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State
Rashaad Penny is the typical workhorse back. He runs hard, can make you miss, and has solid quickness. Jim Irsay has hinted that the Colts could use an early pick on a running back. Penny’s style compliments Marlon Mack’s perfectly; he would be a very nice pick at the back end of the second.
Round Three, Pick 67: Braden Smith, G, Auburn
The Colts have a big hole at guard, even with Jack Mewhort resigning. He is solid when healthy but often gets injured. Braden Smith could slot in day one at right guard giving the Colts some much-needed protection for Andrew Luck. If the Colts’ line can stay healthy it will be much better than it had been in some years.
Round Three, Pick 79: Derrick Nnadi, DL, Florida State
Nnadi is a bit undersized for a defensive tackle but has great speed and explosion for a three tech in a 4-3 defensive scheme. He provides an athlete and a rotational pass rusher on the defensive line. You can never have too much D-line depth as we see with teams like Philadelphia and Seattle.
Round Three, Pick 97: Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina State
The Colts’ linebacker situation is so dire that I would not be surprised to see them take two linebackers in the first three rounds. Leonard is a very athletic linebacker who can tackle, pursue the ball carrier, and cover. In two or three years, a linebacking duo of Leonard and Malik Jefferson could revitalize this defense.
Round Four, Pick 104: Holton Hill, CB, Texas
Like the linebacker position, the Colts need quite a few cornerbacks. Hill has great size, length, and athleticism that Chris Ballard covets. Adding depth in the secondary should be a big priority for the Colts in this draft.
Round Five, Pick 140: Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida
Antonio Callaway has a lot of talent with elite foot quickness and blazing speed. But his off of the field issues will surely cause him to slide in this draft. Chris Ballard reportedly likes Callaway a lot. He took a chance on a talented and troubled receiver named Tyreek Hill in Kansas City. He could do the same here in Indianapolis.
Round Six, Pick 178: Will Richardson, OT, NC State
The Colts possess one of the most injury prone offensive lines in the NFL. Richardson adds good depth to the line.
Round Seven, Pick 221: Logan Woodside, QB, Toledo
Logan Woodside isn’t your prototypical quarterback but he has excellent football IQ and is very accurate. The Colts could use more competition at backup quarterback with Jacoby Brissett.
Ben Pfeifer is the Managing Editor of the Colts for Full Press Coverage, the AFC South Division Editor, and head NBA editor. Want to continue the discussion? Contact Ben Pfeifer on Twitter @Ben_Pfeifer_, @FPC_NBA and @FPC_Colts.