The Indianapolis Colts have three picks on day two of the 2020 NFL Draft, and the secondary could be an option.
There wasn’t too much expectation for the Indianapolis Colts on day one of the 2020 NFL Draft, and things stayed quiet on their front. General manager Chris Ballard didn’t move up, and he still has seven selections.
Fans will be excited that the Colts have two picks in the second round, and they especially will when Ballard finally makes a selection.
There are a lot of great players still available in the draft, and with no safeties selected in the first round, along with some top corners available, don’t be shocked if the Colts decide to go the secondary route early in the draft.
The talk of Malik Hooker has been surprising, and while the Colts have stated they aren’t looking to move him, it doesn’t mean that they’re going to extend him either. So, could a safety be the pick some time on day two? Possibly.
If that indeed happens, there are a couple names to watch. Alabama’s Xavier McKinney is still on the board currently, and he is an extremely versatile player. He can operate near the line of scrimmage and fill against the run as a sure tackler, while also making an impact on the back end in a single high or deep half look. His ball skills are also good. He tested as an average athlete, but the tape speaks for itself.
Southern Illinois safety Jeremy Chinn is another one to watch for the Colts. He’s a fantastic athlete with all the tools to mold into an effective playmaker at the next level. Chinn has exceptional range and great ball skills, and has the size and physicality to play near the line of scrimmage. His processing needs some work on the back end, but the upside is tremendous.
Looking for a couple in the third round to discuss? Clemson’s K’Von Wallace makes a ton of sense. He can play a deep half in a cover-2 look, and is reliable in coverage and in space as a tackler.
Now let’s shift to corner. Yes, the Colts signed both Xavier Rhodes and T.J. Carrie, but there’s no guarantee that Rhodes will bounce back or that Carrie becomes more than depth.
The top possibility for the Colts at corner would be LSU’s Kristian Fulton, who many believed was a first round pick. Fulton has great skills in man coverage and the pedigree as a starter to come in and play right away. Elsewhere, watch for Utah’s Jaylon Johnson. Johnson is great match and mirror skills in coverage and thrives with press coverage.
If we’re talking about one or the other, I’d watch for safety over corner, but remember to not rule anything out. Ballard wants to find good players, no matter the position, to build his roster.