Even though the Colts aren’t likely to make any draft day trades, these trades would be great to see to help the team win now and get the fanbase talking.
The Colts rarely make any draft day trades to move up into the first round. In fact, they haven’t moved up in the first round since 2001 when they moved into the first round to draft Reggie Wayne. Since then it hasn’t been something the team has been interested.
As I wrote earlier, the Colts are still unlikely to move up in the first round at all. Based on Chris Ballard’s track record, he is much more likely to move down in the draft than he is to move up. But if they were to move up, here are some trades that we would like to see.
Colts trade 13th, 34th, and a 2021 first rounder to Washington for 2nd pick.
This would be the most far-fetched scenario, but it might be the biggest upside for the team. They could use this trade to move up to draft Chase Young, who is the best player in the draft regardless of position. They do have a need to acquire defensive lineman, and he’s the best one in this draft.
The thing that might prevent this from happening is giving up the first rounder next season. Ballard hates giving up draft capital, let alone something as valuable as a first rounder. But trading for someone as good as Young would be worth it in the long-run in my opinion.
Colts trade 13th, 44th, 75th, and 122nd pick to Chargers for 6th pick.
This is a scenario that is much more likely to happen because it allows the Colts to keep both second round picks, and the Chargers still get value with picks later in the draft. In this scenario, the Colts would trade up to draft the quarterback they value the most.
That quarterback could be Tua Tagovailoa or Jordan Love or even Justin Herbert. Trading up would allow them to get the QB they want without someone else trading up to take him instead. L.A. would still be able to take whatever quarterback is left over.
Colts trade 34th, 44th, and 161st, and 185th pick to Raiders for 19th pick.
This would allow the Colts to get back into the first round to possibly do a number of different things. If they drafted a defensive player at 13, they still might be able to take the QB they want at 19. The reverse could also be true if they take a QB at 13.
Of all of the scenarios listed, this is the most realistic because the Colts would have already used their 13th overall pick. They would feel more comfortable moving back into the first round because of the draft capital they have left in this draft to trade.
We will see what happens come April, but these trades would make everyone who is a fan of the team very excited.