Ever since the Indianapolis Colts fell just short in the first round of the playoffs against the Buffalo Bills, they’ve been hard at work trying to upgrade certain areas of the roster all the while remaining cost-effective.
In typical Colts fashion, they didn’t have a flashy offseason. Aside from the Carson Wentz trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, Indy was relatively quiet. What followed was general manager Chris Ballard bringing back Marlon Mack, T.Y. Hilton and Xavier Rhodes.
Because Ballard always does the bulk of his roster work during the NFL Draft. This year is no different. Though many fans were frustrated by the lack of momentous moves during the offseason, this draft class could truly push the Colts over the edge when it comes to their status as a contender.
The Colts are just a few moves away from becoming a true Super Bowl contender.
Now, their biggest need is at starting left tackle, and it’s by far the biggest concern given its importance with regards to protecting the quarterback. However, that’s something they could fix by drafting Virginia Tech’s Christian Darrisaw in the first round on Thursday night.
Additionally, Indy needs secondary depth and linebacker help. With some clever drafting, Ballard could help both of those positions given how deep the classes are for each of them. Even if they were to pass on Darrisaw in favor of a corner or linebacker, their options for the offensive line will he aplenty in the second round. If not, guys like linebacker Baron Browning and cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. could be there for the taking.
And if you look at Mel Kiper Jr.’s big board, there are plenty of routes for the Colts to go at those three positions in order to upgrade. Throw the need for a pass rusher into the mix (assuming they don’t bring back Justin Houston) and that’s another position Ballard can manage to successfully address with a mid-round selection.
Fortune is on the Colts’ side for the 2021 NFL Draft given their specific needs and the depth at those positions. If history has taught us anything, it’s that Ballard is likely dead set on hitting another home run.