Colts trade back in the second round
In a shocking move to start the second round, the Colts move their second-round pick to the Philadephia Eagles and receive the 51st, 83rd, and a 2023 fourth-round pick in return.
The Colts need a left tackle, and Ballard found that Nicholas Petit-Frere would still be there just three picks later. This is a no-brainer to acquire draft capital that they desperately need.
I know it’s not the wide receiver everyone wanted and the Colts needed first, but Petit-Frere is a solid choice to pick up in the second round, considering he is a first-round talent.
Petit-Frere is a natural left tackle that will excel in the NFL. Since arriving on campus, he’s added 40 pounds and still has become a top left tackle in this draft. He is a first-round talent, but if he falls to 51, this is a no-brainer pick for the Colts.
It’s no question that the Colts need help at the left tackle position. This helps those needs and continues to build a young, talented line and puts them back into the top five rankings.
Colts get their future at wide receiver
Now hold on, the Colts get both a left tackle AND a wide receiver in the second round? Just a possibility when you make a trade up to get to 58.
By trading up to 58 to select Purdue wide receiver David Bell, the Colts send the Falcons the 80th (R3) and 174th (R5) pick in this year’s draft. Remember that the Colts picked up the 83rd from the Eagles in the first trade.
Everyone in Indiana knows who David Bell is, so there is no question as to why the Colts would draft him. The fact that he falls to the middle of the second round is bizarre. In fact, I anticipate Bell’s draft stock rising before the draft.
At the moment, Bell brings a lot of talent to a team that needs the help. He took a Purdue team that was not worthy of winning games and helped knock off two top-five teams in his Junior season.
The Colts should be big on David Bell in this draft. Frankly, I will lose my mind if the Colts select any other option than him if he’s on the board.