Colts 7-round 2023 NFL mock draft 5.0: Indy trades up for its quarterback
Chris Ballard moves back to regain draft capital and takes Julius Brents
In a move to regain some of his draft capital, Chris Ballard moves pick No. 35 and gets No. 40 and No. 115 in return from the New Orleans Saints. This move would be expected to be seen after giving up two additional picks to move one spot in the first round to draft Anthony Richardson.
Dropping back five spots and selecting Julius is a no-brainer in this situation. The Indianapolis native (Warren Central High School) would make a great addition to the Colts secondary with his size and physical play.
The Colts did not meet with Julius during the NFL Combine, but have invited him in for a Top 30 visit. There is likely a reason that Chris Ballard has not added much in the secondary and offloaded Stephon Gilmore so that he can make room for new rookies.
At 6-foot-4, 198 pounds, Brents would be the largest corner the team has, which could slide right into the CB1 role. With Isaiah Rodgers Sr. as the defacto CB1 right now, he would move over to CB2 on the other side. The two would be lights out for the Colts in 2023.