The NFL is gearing up for the postseason and the Indianapolis Colts didn’t make the cut. After losing to the Houston Texans in Week 18, Indy’s focus is now on the offseason. The Colts must continue to build their team through free agency and the draft, so that they can actually be in the playoffs next season.
For the 18 teams that aren’t in the postseason, their order in the 2024 NFL Draft has already been secured. Indianapolis, who was one of five non-playoff teams that finished with a 9-8 record, has the 15th-overall pick in the first round of the draft.
Colts have 15th pick in 2024 NFL Draft
That's a pretty good spot for a team that was on the doorstep of the playoffs. Considering the likely run of quarterbacks and offensive linemen at the top of the draft, Indianapolis will probably have its pick of some top prospects. That’s especially the case for Indy’s positions of need: corner, edge rusher, and receiver.
The prospects that are likely to still be available once Indy is on the clock are elite. Several mock drafts have Alabama’s cornerback tandem of Kool-Aid McKinstry and Terrion Arnold going in this range. Both players are elite man corners and would be a boost to Indy’s already young secondary.
If the Colts want to invest in the trenches, specifically on the defensive line like Indy tends to do, Florida State’s Jared Verse and Alabama’s Dallas Turner may fall to them at 15. Both are explosive edge defenders with the potential to wreak havoc in the NFL.
There’s also the option of getting more explosive on offense, especially with Michael Pittman Jr.’s future unknown. Talented receivers like Florida State’s Keon Coleman and Washington’s Rome Odunze are projected to be drafted in this range. Both could be promising weapons for young quarterback Anthony Richardson.
While the Colts could go in several different directions in the first round, the next few months will help them decide a direction. With free agency and the scouting process still ahead, Indy has a long journey before any decision needs to be made.