NFL Draft order if season ended today: Could Colts finally land elite edge defender?

If the NFL season ended today, the 4-5 Indianapolis Colts will be in position to select an elite edge defender in the 2024 NFL Draft.
Oct 14, 2023; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Dallas Turner (15) reacts
Oct 14, 2023; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Dallas Turner (15) reacts / John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

In Week 9, the Indianapolis Colts snapped a three-game losing streak. Lucky enough to go up against the one-win Carolina Panthers, Indy was able to get right in a sense and move to 4-5. Now, the Colts will face another struggling opponent, facing off against the 2-7 New England Patriots in a Week 10 matchup in Germany.

Indianapolis is currently in a weird spot at 4-5. The team isn’t currently in the playoff picture, but with a weak remaining schedule, it’s very possible that the Colts could rip off some wins and claim a wild card spot . However, if Indy goes back to losing, it will slide up the 2024 NFL Draft order and be in position to select some top prospects. Let’s take a look at where the Colts currently stand in the draft order.

2024 NFL Draft order entering Week 10

If the season ended today, the Colts would have the 13th-overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Here’s a look at the order leading up to Indianapolis.

1. Arizona Cardinals

2. Chicago Bears (via Carolina)

3. Chicago Bears

4. New York Giants

5. New England Patriots

6. Los Angeles Rams

7. Green Bay Packers

8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

9. Denver Broncos

10. Tennessee Titans

11. Atlanta Falcons

12. Washington Commanders

13. Indianapolis Colts

The 13th-overall pick is pretty fitting of Indy’s 4-5 record; it’s not bad or good. However, sitting in the middle of the first round, the Colts will be in position to grab an elite prospect. They may be perfectly set up to address a position that they’ve been trying to for years: edge rusher. Being at 13 would put Indianapolis in the range to land Dallas Turner.

Turner is an elite edge defender for the Alabama Crimson Tide and many draft analysts argue that he’s the best edge rusher in the 2024 Draft. He has played nine games during his junior season at Alabama and currently has 38 tackles, 10.5 for a loss, and seven sacks. In 49 total games for the Tide, Turner has recorded 19.5 sacks.

The productive edge defender is listed at 6-foot-4, 242 pounds. He’s believed to be a day-one contributor at the next level and the Colts can definitely use that. Whether or not Indianapolis will actually be able to land Turner depends on the results of the remaining games this season.