Colts draft: 3 potential late-round steals who’d be perfect for Indy

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Chris Ballard general manager of the Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Chris Ballard general manager of the Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /
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The 2021 Indianapolis Colts draft could veer off onto one of several different avenues. While using a pick on a left tackle like Virginia Tech’s Christian Darrisaw could help the Colts replace Anthony Castonzo, Chris Ballard could just as easily use that pick to find a quarterback of the future.

Besides those two obvious holes, the Colts need to find more talent on the perimeter, as TY Hilton and Xavier Rhodes both hitting the free agent market could leave the team thin at both wide receiver and cornerback.

While 2021 is a good year to need help at all of those positions, given some of the stars that are available at the very top of this class, the later rounds of the draft will also be very fertile, as there is a chance that a few promising athletes who slide on Day 3 end up becoming instant starters on a team like Indy.

While these three prospects aren’t getting a ton of hype at the moment, they could easily end up becoming impact players for Indianapolis.

These three potential Colts draft picks could end up being steals

Olaijah Griffin, Colts
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 06: Olaijah Griffin #2 of the USC Trojans (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

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Griffin might not get drafted on Day 1, but his backstory is without a doubt one of the Top 10 most interesting in this draft class, as he is the son of rapper Warren G. Rather than pick up the mic and follow his dad, Griffin, a former 5-star recruit, chose to stick with football, becoming one of the few standouts on an up-and-down Trojan defense.

Griffin has had some injury issues that need to be monitored, but he was somewhat productive for the Trojans, recording 43 tackles and one interception over the last two seasons. With long arms, speed to burn, and a knowledge of the game that helped him become one of the stickiest man-coverage corners in the country, Griffin should make an impact as an outside corner.

Could Griffin help out the Colts’ secondary?

With Rhodes and Malik Hooker potentially leaving in free agency, the once-feared Colts secondary will be comparatively toothless in 2021. However, Griffin could step right in and help Julian Blackmon keep this unit humming due to his feistiness on the outside.

Griffin needs to add weight and work on his discipline, as his overaggressive nature in the secondary could lead to some big plays at his expense, but his talent is more than worth a Day 3 selection. Griffin could step right in and help regulate a Colts secondary that started to show its warts in the second half of the season.