Colts move back with the Falcons and draft EDGE Andre Carter II in the second round (39th overall)
This is not the move that you thought would be happening when you hear a trade alert in the early rounds of the draft. Here, the Colts moved back a few spots by sending pick No. 35 and their 7th-round pick (No. 195) to the Falcons for pick No. 39 and the Falcons’ 4th-round pick (No. 103).
The Colts select Andre Carter II after Army waives his service requirement so that he is able to enter the draft. This is very seldomly done by one of the branches, so Carter II must be a special talent to move straight into the draft.
Carter II is projected to be a top-50 pick in the draft and has already accepted his Reese’s Senior Bowl invitation for this year. He is projected to be the Black Knight’s highest draft prospect in the modern-draft era that started in 1967.
Andre finished his college career with 20 sacks, two interceptions, five forced fumbles, and two blocked kicks. Those are solid numbers for the edge rusher who played in 31 games at Army over the course of three seasons. Carter also has great size and athleticism for the edge-rushing position.
He’s listed at 6-foot-7 and weighs 265 pounds. With his frame, length, and skill set, his ability should translate perfectly to the next level, and should be able to help the Colts get after the quarterback consistently.
This could be a pick by Ballard that is well-liked by fans to lineup opposite of the emerging Kwity Paye and could actually help both the pass and rush defense.