Ranking 5 realistic cornerbacks Colts could draft to immediately contribute
After trading away Rock Ya-Sin, the Indianapolis Colts are looking a little thin at the cornerback position.
There are many holes in the current Indianapolis Colts roster and not nearly enough draft picks to cover every one of them. This draft is going to be about finding the right talent at the right time to fill in the roster.
With about 30 players on the current roster likely to make the final 53-man roster, the Colts have a lot of room to add pieces before training camp. Some will come from the draft, but many will need to come after.
We are just a few weeks out from the NFL Draft at the end of April, and we’ve covered both the wide receiver position and the tight end positions. But another focus the Colts will need to have is on the cornerback position.
Ideally, the Colts still sign another veteran to put in the secondary. If they choose to stay young, they’ll need to draft that talent to create depth at a position where there is no depth at all.
Colts should be looking in the mid-rounds for CB depth
Indy currently lacks a lot of talent on the offensive side of the ball. Anyone that watched last year’s games could tell that the Colts lost most of their games due to lack of execution.
Offensive skill positions will be a key focus early on and it should be expected that Chris Ballard will double-dip at the wide receiver position.
That leaves us to rounds three through seven to find skill players for the Colts’ secondary. Luckily, it’s been proven that you don’t need to be a first-round pick to be an excellent cornerback in the NFL.
There has historically been some really great talent that comes out of the later rounds for secondary players. Josh Norman (5th round), J.C. Jackson (UDFA), Justin Simmons (3rd round), Kenny Moore (UDFA), and Kevin Byard (3rd round) are just a few names out there that aren’t first or second-round picks.
There is talent in the later rounds and it’s all about evaluating that talent and drafting the ones that will best work for the Colts’ defense.