After all, this draft is loaded with offensive line talent. General manager Chris Ballard could’ve easily selected one with his No. 54 overall pick, which felt like a no-brainer since the Colts don’t have a third-rounder this year because of the Carson Wentz trade.
But it seems Indy’s strategy backfired. Team after team traded up in the second round. It was complete mayhem. And Ballard continued to watch offensive linemen and cornerbacks fly off the board — arguably the team’s two biggest needs.
Teven Jenkins. Samuel Cosmi. Liam Eichenberg. Jackson Carman. Walker Little. Dillon Radunz. Asante Samuel Jr. Kelvin Joseph. Ummm … so what are the Colts going to do?
Apparently, select another defensive end … who’s coming off a torn Achilles. What?!
The Colts absolutely blew it with their second-round pick.
Vanderbilt’s Dayo Odeyingbo was the selection. Why?!
Yes, time will tell if this pick ends up being “good,” but for now, it’s absolutely not what this team needs. The roster already has questionable pass rushers in Kemoko Turay, Ben Banogu and Tyquan Lewis. Why add another when there’s a glaring need along the offensive line?
Colts fans were very much concerned with the team’s conservative nature this offseason in free agency. And now that’s somehow translated to the draft, which is supposed to be Ballard’s specialty.
Does this mean Quenton Nelson is surely moving to left tackle? Every projected/speculated offensive lineman the Colts were believed to be target in the first and second rounds are gone.
Even worse? Odeyingbo may not be ready to play until October. And Justin Houston is still a free agent! What is the thought process here? The fans deserve to know.
The needs were as clear as day. And the Colts still have over $20 million in cap space remaining. There are plenty of veteran pass rushers available who could slot in right now and contribute as opposed to waiting until October to see if a rookie will fit in Matt Eberflus’ system.
Fans have trusted the front office based on the track record over the last four years, but they rightfully had their questions. The roster is a few moves away from legitimate Super Bowl contention and a second-round pick was seemingly wasted on a position they already addressed with their first-round pick (and still could’ve addressed in free agency).
Meanwhile, a massive void remains at left tackle … the position that’s supposed to protect Wentz’s blind spot. So we ask again: what’s the plan?