If it's one thing Chris Ballard loves it's young talent. Ballard has shown he wants to build through the draft. This year the Colts were missing wide receiver depth and defensive line depth as well as pass-rushing abilities.
In this mock draft done on the Pro Football network, the Colts go heavy on the defensive line and wide receiver. There are no trades in this mock draft, and each selection is based on the best player available for Indianapolis' needs.
Full Indianapolis Colts' 7-round mock draft:
Picking at 15th overall, the Colts are in a good spot. Unlike teams such as the Raiders, Falcons, Giants, or the Patriots, the Colts have locked down their quarterback of the future and will not look to move up. I also believe 15th overall is the perfect pick to take Latu. At 6' 5" and 260 pounds, the edge rusher almost gave up football. In 2019 the freshman suffered a neck injury and in 2020 was medically retired.
However, in 2021 he transferred to UCLA, and in 2022, he was medically cleared to play. This gave way to a productive 2022 season getting 12.5 tackles for loss with 10.5 of those being sacks and forced three fumbles. In 2023, he was devastating against opposing offensive lines gaining 13 sacks, 21 tackles for loss, two interceptions, and two more fumble recoveries. His 2024 season was so productive he won the Lombardi Award which is given to the nation's top lineman.
While Latu can struggle in run defense, his pass-rushing ability is explosive which is exactly what the Colts need right now. With DeForest Buckner entering the last year of his contract and likely walking out of the building in 2025 and Kwitty Paye not developing as fast as we'd like to see, Latu could be a force. He's also proved he's an extremely hard worker by getting back on the field and being as productive as he is.