Trade! Before we check out the third round selections, we have to address the trade that was completed in this mock draft.
If Chris Ballard doesn’t trade back in this draft, a draft where the Indianapolis Colts have just seven picks, it would be a surprise. So, we’re simulating one here. The Colts pick up an extra third in this draft and don’t move down super far to do so.
It shouldn’t shock anyone to see an offensive lineman in the mock. While Anthony Castonzo re-signed for two more seasons, the Colts did lose Joe Haeg to Tampa Bay. Finding immediate depth, while also drafting a player who can start down the road, is important.
Here, Matt Peart is the selection. Peart emerged to the draft world down at the Senior Bowl, and now is one of the favorite day two tackles of many in the 2020 NFL Draft. Peart has good footwork and mobility as a tackle, and brings good length to the table. He needs some time to develop, but he’s in a great position to do so.
The Colts offense operates best with two quality tight ends. Eric Ebron is gone, signing a two year deal with the Steelers, which opens up a hole next to Jack Doyle. Devin Asiasi has quickly been rising in the tight end ranks, and late in the third isn’t too early to select him.
Asiasi is a fluid athlete who can immediately contribute for Indianapolis. His ability to work up the seam, while also creating separation on short routes, will be key. He also brings a good catch radius to the table, and will be effective in Frank Reich’s offense.