Colts are projected to draft a player that would make a lot of fans angry

One expert’s mock draft has the Indianapolis Colts making a selection that many fans would not approve of.

April has arrived, which means the month of the NFL Draft is here. The Draft isn’t until the end of the month on April 28, but that will be here in no time.

Until then, the NFL world will focus on mock drafts and the many connections between prospects and franchises. Throughout the pre-draft period, several players have been linked to the Indianapolis Colts.

Some of those players have driven a lot of excitement and others, not so much. However, for the most part, the majority of mock drafts have the Colts going in a direction that fans can somewhat agree with.

That’s not the case with a recent mock draft by Sports Illustrated. Kevin Hanson, who has the seventh-most accurate mock drafts over the last five years, recently released a two-round mock draft.

In the second round, No. 42 overall, Hanson has Indianapolis selecting quarterback Sam Howell with its first pick. This is a prediction that many will probably hope isn’t accurate.

Colts predicted to draft Sam Howell in second round

This is no disrespect to Howell. He was once considered the top quarterback in this class but has since slid down the rankings. However, he is a talented player that may still have a great career. It just wouldn’t make sense for the Colts to select him at No. 42 overall, or any quarterback.

Indy recently traded for Matt Ryan and he is set to be the starter for at least the next two seasons. It’s understood that he is on the backend of his career so Indianapolis has to think about the future, but drafting one of these quarterbacks that high isn’t the right approach.

If the Colts selected Howell, they would be doing it so that he can sit behind Ryan and develop to become the eventual successor. That would be a waste of a prime day-two pick for a team with Super Bowl aspirations.

Howell isn’t going to help Indy win now and he won’t address any of the current weaknesses on the roster. At No. 42 overall, Indianapolis will be in a position to draft a talented receiver, left tackle, or corner.

All three are positions that Indy needs immediate answers at and those answers could be found early in the second round where the Colts are picking.

If Indy instead uses that selection on a quarterback, it means the team fully believes he is the future quarterback of the franchise. That is unlikely. So it makes sense to draft a player that can help you win now and in the future.