2. CB Shakur Brown, Michigan State
Brown, supposedly, checks all of the boxes for a high draft pick. He played in a major conference, was tasked with a wide variety of defensive keys and adjustments at Michigan State, and picked off five passes in one of the best conferences in football. Normally, players like that aren’t available here.
Xavier Rhodes is back, and Kenny Moore is still great, but the Colts could look to bring in another young piece to top a subpar secondary that was clearly the biggest area of need for them last season. Brown would be a long-term play, but there’s a ton for Indianapolis to salivate over at this point.
Shakur Brown could get time right away for the Colts.
Brown is a skinny rail right now, and a cornerback that struggled in zone coverage heading to a Colts team that plays a ton of zone might not be the best fit, but Indianapolis needs someone with his mentality and ball skills, and that could facilitate the selection at a time when Ballard is looking for quality backups.
Brown might get victimized early in his career due to his wiry frame and inconsistencies on his tape that have not been corrected, but Indianapolis is a perfect spot for him to correct those mistakes while getting more playing time across a very gradual timeframe. If he develops well, he will be a turnover machine.