Will the Colts trade picks in the draft?
The NFL draft sees a lot of things happen. Mostly it’s teams using their own picks to enhance their team. But sometimes picks get traded. Will the Colts decide to do that with one of theirs?
Trading in the draft can be beneficial for a team. Depending on what their need is, they can either trade up or trade down to address that need with the proper valued pick. This is what the Colts did last year with the third overall pick, trading down to sixth to get Quenton Nelson.
In that instance, the Colts got multiple other picks back from the Jets. That is what Chris Ballard wanted to do in order to accumulate talent. He wanted to have as many picks as possible. Doing that helped the value of the picks increase, and he drafted well with them.
Will the Colts do something similar in this draft? It seems unlikely with their high picks. They own the 26th and 34th overall picks, and I expect them to keep both of those for themselves. There are lower level picks that get traded in every draft, so that seems more plausible.
Ballard will only trade the picks he has if he can get increased value for them. He has his eyes set on certain players that he likes. If he has the opportunity to get that player, he will. He traded up last year to get an extra second round pick to take Tyquan Lewis.
Moves like that are what make the Colts’ GM so good at his job. He understands the value of each pick and knows what the team needs. Don’t be surprised if the Colts trade one of their third round picks or lower to get some increased value.