It’s no secret that the Colts’ defensive line needs a face lift in terms of talent and production. Chris Ballard stresses building in the trenches, so expect Indianapolis to address this spot somewhere in the first few rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Ross Blacklock has seen his stock go up in the last few weeks, but his combine showing didn’t live up to expectations, as he posted less-than-stellar numbers in most drills. However, the tape shows a player worthy of selecting in the second round. While his ability to two-gap may be a bit limited, Blacklock brings upside as a pass rusher to the table, and his production was hampered at TCU due to a defensive coordinator who preferred a lot of stunts.
A little bit of a different type of wide receiver comes off the board for the Colts at 44. Usually, mocks have them selecting an elite separator in the short and intermediate areas of the field. In this mock, they go with a more well-rounded receiver.
Donovan Peoples-Jones is a player that many believe will be a better pro than college player. He dominated at the combine, running a sub-4.5 40 yard dash and leading the way in the jumps. His explosion pops on tape, and he’s a sufficient route runner at every level of the field. Peoples-Jones has a massive catch radius and can also win in contested spots.