The Indianapolis Colts selected a young quarterback and familiar faces in an ESPN startup draft.
With content a little slow during the football season, the writers at ESPN decided to do a draft where every NFL player was available. This went with the 2020 NFL Draft order, but of course included every team, including the Indianapolis Colts returning to their 13th overall draft spot. Colts reporter Mike Wells did the drafting for the team on ESPN.
Quarterback is such an important commodity in the NFL, so the Colts took advantage of this in the four round re-draft, selecting LSU star Joe Burrow. Burrow would be an upgrade over what Indianapolis has currently, and he’d be someone that the team could build around for the future.
Since head coach Frank Reich is so fond of the tight end position in his scheme, the next pick in the re-draft was tight end Zach Ertz. Ertz is a big time receiving threat and is still in the prime of his career, and he’d be a perfect safety net for Burrow early on in his career.
Then, it was time to add some familiar faces. In the third round, Indianapolis selected their guard Quenton Nelson. Nelson has already risen to the elite at his position, and is arguably the best interior offensive lineman in the NFL right now at just 24 years old.
Rounding out the four rounds left the Colts with the selection of linebacker Darius Leonard, another familiar face. Leonard has an All Pro to his name already at 24, and led the league in tackles in his rookie season. He would be the defensive captain for sure in this scenario.
ESPN reporter Mike Clay offered his insight into the picks, and the Colts finished in tier two with one of the better drafts in the event. They stayed young overall and got some help around their young quarterback.