The Colts have reportedly locked in on three prospects at the top of this year’s draft according to The Indianapolis Star’s Stephen Holder.
The Colts expect at least two quarterbacks to be taken with the top five picks before they are on the clock with the sixth overall pick. If that’s the case, they are planning on picking an extremely talented position player with that selection.
The Colts’ front office has been pretty transparent with their evaluations of the prospects at the top of the draft throughout the process.
Stephen Holder reported what most fans already knew. The top three players on the Colts’ draft board are running back Saquon Barkley, defensive end Bradley Chubb, and guard Quenton Nelson.
Owner Jim Irsay essentially showed their hand when speaking to Holder at the NFL owners’ meetings.
"“We can go a lot of different directions,” said Colts owner Jim Irsay. “We have a lot of needs. We could go pass rusher, we could go franchise running back, we could go offensive lineman. We don’t really feel the pressure to go any direction except the one that helps us have the longest sustained success going forward for greatness.”"
Holder reported that the Colts have compared Bradley Chubb to Terrell Suggs.
Saquon Barkley’s talent is obvious to anyone who watched a college football game last season.
And general manager Chris Ballard had some high praise for Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson after his Pro Day.
"“You can see his natural power. He’s a big, strong man. He’s got quick feet, good agility and balance, so you saw about everything you wanted to see. You saw it on tape, too,” said Ballard."
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Holder also wrote that the Colts would be happy taking one other prospect if Barkley, Chubb, and Nelson are all taken in the top five. If I had to guess, I’d predict that player is Minkah Fitzpatrick who could help solve Indianapolis’ issues at cornerback.
The Colts will also have three second round picks to pair with whomever they take with the sixth overall pick thanks to their trade with the Jets.
The talent at the top of this class is very solid, and Indianapolis should be able to bring a good crop of quality young players when the draft rolls around in late April.