The Colts sit behind two teams who may not take quarterbacks in the top five. Those teams’ decisions could have a major effect on the rest of the top ten.
Cleveland is expected to take a quarterback with one of their picks in the top four and the Jets will almost certainly take a quarterback after trading for the Colts’ number three overall pick, but the rest of the top five is a mystery before Indianapolis is on the clock.
If either the Giants or Broncos pass on drafting a quarterback, one of the “big four” quarterback prospects will be available at number six overall. If this situation plays out, the Colts’ phone could be blowing up with quarterback-needy teams wanting to trade up to their spot.
The Dolphins, Bills, Cardinals, Ravens, and Chargers could all conceivably want to trade up for one of the top QB prospects, and they might be willing to give up a lot to do so.
The Colts don’t necessarily need more draft picks, but they could pick up a quality veteran or two along with some draft capital in exchange for trading down for the second time in this draft. Those quarterback-needy teams all have defensive talent that could contribute right away in Indianapolis if they decide to make a deal.
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General manager Chris Ballard is probably hoping that four quarterbacks are drafted in the top five so he can draft one of the top three players on their board at number six.
However, the Colts could be in a good position to add more talent if one or two teams in the top five decide to pass on a quarterback.
The moral of the story is that Chris Ballard has a lot of good options come draft day.