The Indianapolis Colts snagged Quenton Nelson in round one. The first round was full of reaches, opening the door for Indy to get some first-round talent in the second. Let’s take a look at some players Chris Ballard could draft in round two. They pick 36, 37, and 47.
Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College
The fact that Harold Landry is even available at this spot is ridiculous. He is the best pure pass rusher in this class in my opinion and was a top 10 prospect on my board. The Colts were looking at taking Landry top 10; getting him in the second would be absurd. Harold Landry would be an immediate impact man for the Colts. Landry fell because he was reportedly medically red flagged by some teams but Ballard may want to take a chance on him.
Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP
The Colts took a guard at six in Quenton Nelson but Hernandez falling to 36 could be too good value to pass up on. He is a mauling run blocker and a solid pass blocker. They have Mewhort but he can’t seem to stay healthy. The Colts could form one of the best young offensive lines in the NFL with these two. Taking two guards is very unlikely, though.
Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
Hurst is one of the most talented players in this class but his lack of size and health issues have caused him to fall. He is a quick and explosive three tech who rushes the passer well. Hurst improves a very weak interior defensive line for the Colts.
Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
Oliver is my second-ranked cornerback in this class and has fallen to the second round. He is a tall, long, fast, and instinctual cornerback that Chris Ballard loves. Adding depth to this weak secondary should be a priority for Chris Ballard.
Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa
Jackson was an extremely productive cornerback in college. He is also in the Ballard build (tall, long, fast) and could step in and start day one for the Colts. He has great ball skills and has great instincts in zone coverage.
Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
Derrius Guice is one of the best running backs in this class but for some reason, guys like Rashaad Penny have been taken before him. Guice is strong, fast, and runs very hard. A combo of him and Marlon Mack running behind Quenton Nelson could be the start of a very scary running game.
Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
Jefferson is an athletic linebacker with all the physical tools to be great but is very raw. The Colts’ linebacking core is incredibly weak. The Colts could develop Jefferson into the playmaker that he flashes on tape.
Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
Outside of T.Y. Hilton, Chester Rogers, and the newly acquired Ryan Grant, the Colts are exceptionally thin at receiver. Sutton is a big bodied receiver with a huge catch radius and decent speed for his size. Sutton would be an immediate impact player for the Colts.
Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
If the Colts don’t want a big bodied possession guy like Sutton they could opt for a guy like Kirk. He is exceptionally quick and may be the best route runner in the draft.