Now that the top of the draft is cemented, the official mock draft season can begin. What prospects can the Indianapolis Colts land?
The Indianapolis Colts hold the No. 4 pick in the NFL draft and it is widely known that fans want to see Chris Ballard draft a quarterback with their first-round pick. In his post-season press conference, Ballard stated that he will do “whatever it takes” to draft the franchise quarterback this year if he’s sold on a prospect.
Now, that could mean he will take someone with pick No. 4, he could trade up and take someone, or he could pick a quarterback in the later rounds. Maybe he shocks everyone and does two of those three options. As of today, the Colts have one pick in each round of the NFL draft. Ballard often makes moves during the draft, so the chances of only drafting seven players, or even just picking without moving around the draft a bit are slim.
The major positions that need to be addressed in the draft are quarterback, offensive line, wide receiver, cornerback, and tight end. With no future in place for the quarterback position, that should be priority number one for the Colts’ scouting team. If it isn’t, the franchise will get a lot of pushback from the fans and the media.
The offensive line needs better depth and potentially at least one new starter. Wide receivers and cornerbacks are needed for depth with starter potential for when players go down. And we all have seen how much the Colts’ offense has missed a player like Jack Doyle. Without a true blocking tight end, it has been tough for the Colts to keep moving.
With Yannick Ngakoue likely to hit the free agency market this year, the Colts may need to look at finding his replacement to pair with Kwity Paye. More depth in that position is going to be drafted, as we always see with Chris Ballard in the draft. Is it even really a Ballard draft class if he doesn’t take a defensive lineman?
So let’s get right to it and see who the Colts draft with the first mock draft of the offseason!