No. 1: Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia
While Stokes was often competing for the spotlight alongside fellow late Day 1/early Day 2 draftee Tyson Campbell, it’s Stokes that has the much higher ceiling as an athlete, as proven during a pre-draft workout that made alarm bells go off all over the scouting community.
Stokes ran a 4.25 40-yard dash at a local pro day. While the lack of the NFL Combine could lead to some potentially exaggerating times, the fact that Stokes was anywhere near that time despite weighing almost 200 pounds should make him almost a lock to get picked in the end of the first round.
How could Eric Stokes help the Colts?
More than just a speed demon, Stokes’ production in the best conference in college football should get plenty of teams interested in his services. While he and Northwestern’s Greg Newsome II are likely battling it out for the CB4 title behind Horn, Stokes’ acceleration might make him the favorite to win that competition.
An incredibly sticky man coverage corner with the physicality to hold his own in the run game, Stokes might start as a rookie. Indianapolis has proven to be very reliable in the early rounds, and Stokes looks like one of the safest bets in the draft.