Indianapolis Colts 2018 Mock Draft 1.1: Rounds 2-3

WACO, TX - OCTOBER 28: Malik Jefferson
WACO, TX - OCTOBER 28: Malik Jefferson /

Our first mock draft saw the Colts get plenty of assets from the Washington Redskins in exchange for trading down. What will Chris Ballard do in rounds two and three?

Round 2: 36th Overall Pick

The Colts need to add another talented receiver to take some of the pressure off of T.Y. Hilton, and Texas A&M’s Christian Kirk could be the perfect player to do that.

Christian Kirk is one of the most dynamic athletes in this year’s draft class, and he can play on the outside as well as in the slot. Kirk also returned seven kicks or punts for touchdowns during his college career, which is a valuable skill for a rookie receiver.

Hilton and Kirk could form a dangerous duo of wide receivers for years to come in Indianapolis.

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Round 3: 67th Overall Pick

Another one of the Colts’ biggest offseason needs is at inside linebacker.

Texas’ Malik Jefferson could be a solution for the linebacker problem that contributed to their defensive struggles last season. He’s not a great coverage linebacker, but he made 10 tackles for loss last season and has the potential to be a dominant run defender.

The Colts would love to see a linebacker with Jefferson’s level of talent available in the third round.

Round 3: 78th Overall Pick (acquired in mock draft trade with Washington)

Indianapolis began to address their offensive line issues by trading back with Washington and taking guard Quenton Nelson in the first round. They might look to add another offensive lineman in the third round to protect Andrew Luck in 2018.

Texas offensive tackle Connor Williams was possibly a top-ten prospect during the 2017 season, but he suffered a knee injury and some scouts have questioned his strength, which could see his draft stock drop all the way to the third round.

Williams has great pass blocking technique and he has the potential to get stronger in an NFL weight program. The former Longhorn would be a steal in the third round.

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