In his latest mock draft, Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller has the Indianapolis Colts going quarterback at pick 34.
With just over three weeks to go before the 2020 NFL Draft, mock drafts will be coming out in huge waves. Bleacher Report’s lead NFL Draft analyst Matt Miller just put out a new seven round mock draft, and it leads off with a big surprise for the Indianapolis Colts at pick 34.
They miss out on the Jordan Love sweepstakes, but pick up Oklahoma signal-caller Jalen Hurts to start things off. It seems likely the Colts will address the quarterback position in the draft if general manager Chris Ballard finds a value he likes. Both Philip Rivers and Jacoby Brissett are free agents after the 2020 season, and it’s clear that while this team is ready to win now, they are set up for the future as well. Hurts has some developing to do in terms of processing speed, but his leadership skills, accuracy inside of 15 yards, and solid deep ball make him an intriguing developmental player.
Following the Hurts selection, Miller has the Colts selecting Chase Claypool at 44 overall. Claypool dominated at the combine, and possesses the high point and contested catch ability to be a Mike Williams in the offense with Rivers at the helm.
At 75, Miller has the Colts taking edge defender Curtis Weaver. Weaver was extremely productive at Boise State in his final season, racking up 13.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss. Weaver can attack gaps and win by trimming the edge, but his body type makes him more of a tweener at the position.
The day three picks are interesting. The Colts have a good cornerback room, but Miller has them taking Amik Robertson in round four. Robertson fits best in the slot with his size, but has good ball skills. North Carolina tackle Charlie Heck was next in round five as a potential developmental tackle. For their last two picks, the Colts selected gadget player Antonio Gibson, who could get some carries at running back along with targets in the slot on offense, and defensive lineman Raequan Williams.
It will be interesting to see if the Colts mirror any of these selections during the 2020 NFL Draft, and if their aggressiveness to add a quarterback shows up.