Colts select UCLA edge rusher Laiatu Latu 15th overall in 2024 NFL Draft

Their defense just got a whole lot better.
2024 NFL Draft - Round 1
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The Colts defense got a whole lot better on Thursday night.

Despite some hope that they'd trade up at the very last second, the Colts ended up staying put. And with the 15th overall pick in this year's draft, the Colts took UCLA edge rusher Laiatu Latu.

Latu was widely considered one of, if not the, best edge rushers in this year's draft class. Last year with the Bruins, Latu played in 12 games, had 15 sacks, 11 QB hits, and over 35 hurries; he had a 96.3 rating on Pro Football Focus. He was the first defensive player taken in this year's draft.

Latu now heads to Indy to join what looks like, on paper, one of the truly elite defense fronts in football. He'll line up alongside DeForest Buckner (12th best DL in '23, per PFF), Samson Ebukam (14th), Kwity Paye (36th), and Grover Stewart (22nd).

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Minus a trade, that'll do it for the Colts on Night 1. Their next pick is scheduled to be on Friday, when they'll pick in the second round, 46th overall. After that, they have five other picks: a 3rd (82), a 4th (117), a 5th (151), a 6th (191), and a 7th (234).