We're 6 days away from the NFL Draft! Unless the Colts trade up in the first round, their draft day doesn't start until a week from now since they are the 34th pick. It's going to be weird to see Goodell announce a player's name from his basement, but it's still going to be exciting to see another addition join the Boys In Blue. The Colts have made some pretty great moves since free agency opened up.
They signed Philip Rivers, threw DeForest Buckner a BAG worth over $100 million, signed Fullback Roosevelt Nix, DT Sheldon Day, and veterans like Xavier Rhodes and T.J Carrie to fill the secondary depth. While Ballard has been filling some holes on the defensive side, the offensive side seems to be the main focus in the draft. The positions that need to be addressed are QB's, Pass Rushers, DB's, and MOST importantly, WR. With that being said, who are some players that would look good in Blue?
Colts Draft Order:
2nd Round - Pick 34
2nd Round - Pick 44
3rd Round - Pick 75
4th Round - Pick 122
5th Round - Pick 160
6th Round - Pick 193
Before we get into some realistic picks, I want to start off with my Biased/Potentially Realistic Pick
Jeremy Chinn - DB - Southern Illinois University
I've written about him before, but I was Jeremy's manager in junior high and high school so I 1000% want the Colts to pick the hometown hero! And quite frankly, we do need another DB to play alongside Kenny Moore. We have Rock Ya-Sin who I thought was underwhelming last season, and cut our 2nd best DB Pierre Desir not too long ago. Chinn is 6'3", freakishly athletic, and could be a heavy hitter for us. He's predicted to be a 2nd round pick, and the Colts are picking 34 and 44, so who knows.
Jordan Love - QB Utah State
Easily the most talked about draft prospect for the Colts. You'd think signing Philip Rivers would mean they aren't going to choose another QB, but he's not our franchise QB. Rivers is 38 and on a 1-year deal. Jacoby Brissett started off great in the 1st half of the season last year, but played terribly the 2nd half when he came back from his injury against the Steelers. We do have the Preseason God Chad Swag Kelly, but I don't think Reich trust's his wheels to spin all season long. Love is 6"4 (same height as Andrew Luck, yeah I still miss him), 225 pounds, and would be coached well by Frank Reich and Nick Sirianni. He threw a lot of interceptions last year (17) which is concerning, but with the right coaching staff, he can improve that and is already very mobile. I wouldn't be mad at this pick.
Tee Higgins - WR - Clemson
There's no question T.Y Hilton is still our #1 WR, but he's dealt with some injuries that barely kept him on the field last year, and is getting a little old considering he's 30. Zach Pascal has been a great #2 WR, but we NEED another weapon. Tee Higgins would be our tallest WR at 6"4', would be a straight up playmaker, and could finally settle our WR problem. I'd be surprised if he fell in the 2nd round. I could see the Colts moving up in the late 1st round to trade a pick for him.
Another note on our WR Depth
We also have Parris Campbell who is very fast, but he was injury prone last year. Daurice Fountain was selected in the 2018 draft and has only played 1 game due to injuries. Fountain has a lot of potential if he can stay healthy.
AJ Epenesa - DE - Iowa
Ballard has addressed before how important the trenches are, and truly proved it by building one of the best o-lines in the league last year. Although Justin Houston has been a good addition, the defensive line still lacks a pass rusher. AJ could be a solid fit. He's not the fastest pass rusher, but he's strong as hell and great with his hands to maneuver the offensive line. I still believe our best pass rusher is Kemoko Turray, but he suffered an ankle injury in October and couldn't finish the season. The trio of Justin, Kemoko, and AJ could be great.
The fact that Ballard found Darius Leonard in the 2nd round of the 2018 gives me high hopes on who we will select with the 34th and 44th pick. I truly believe the Colts are going all in to make a Super Bowl run and won't settle for another year missing the playoffs. I'm no draft expert, but I wouldn't mind grabbing any of these guys off the board. Especially a WR. As always, Go Horse.