So the Colts have traded out of the 3rd pick and landed in the 6th, 37th and 49th picks. The Colts also released their best defensive lineman in Jonathan Hankins today. So I’m starting to really think that Ballard isn’t building for now but for two to three years from now. With four picks in the top 50 they are setting themselves up to really be contenders in a year or two. With all this happening and the Colts really not going after free agents I felt it was time to get an updated mock draft up for you all to argue about. Here we go…
Pick 6 (From Jets)- Quenton Nelson-Guard (Notre Dame)
The Colts missed out of the solid free agents for the offensive line this year. There needs to be some big changes and adding the best offensive lineman in this draft is a must at this point. Bradley Chubb wasn’t available so Nelson fills the next biggest need. Andrew Luck will thank Ballard later.
Pick 36- Nick Chubb- Running Back (Georgia)
Marlon Mack showed promise but he also had Gore taking most of the snaps. Mack could become a three down back but pairing him with Turbin and Chubb would allow Luck and Coach Reich to have a fresh capable running back on the field at all times. Guice from LSU could be the pick if available as well.
Pick 37 (From Jets)- Rashaan Evans- Linebacker (Alabama)
The Colts need a middle linebacker to become the leader of the new look 4-3 defense. Defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus didn’t get Anthony Hitchens to come to Indy so he needs someone similar. Evans has good size and great speed. Evans tallied 11.5 tackles for a loss, 6 sacks and 3 passes broken up this past season. He seems to be able to cover in the middle which is what the middle linebacker in this defense needs to be able to do.
Pick 49 (From Jets via Seahawks)- Arden Key-Pass Rusher/DE (LSU)
The Colts didn’t get Bradley Chubb in the first round so they take a runner on a guy with a few off-the-field issues. Key has a few incidents that will force him into the second day of the draft but he won’t get out of round two. Key has great abilities per NFL scouts has the chance of being a top ten pass rusher in the league. Key can play right away and Ballard has no problem taking the runner on a possible problem child. Hopefully Key can keep his nose clean in Indy.
Pick 67- Kolton Miller- Offensive Tackle (UCLA)
Miller is a right tackle in the NFL and the Colts need a right tackle. Miller will have to earn the spot but his tape shows that he can do it. Miller fills another need and has the ability to be a plug-and-play player. It’s a boring pick but boring isn’t a bad thing at this pick.
Pick 104- Duke Dawson- Cornerback (Florida)
The Colts need another cornerback. Dawson has great speed and great ability to read plays and routes. He is a slot corner per scouts but with time he could move outside and play opposite his teammate Quincy Wilson. Wilson even gave his seal of approval;
“Turn on the film. Duke Dawson is a baller and ran 4.46. I know y’all like to get caught in the hype with other guys from Bama and O State and what not but UF produces quality corners and that’s a fact.”-Quincy Wilson via Twitter
Pick 140- Dante Pettis- Wide Receiver (Washington)
The Colts are already linked to Pettis after speaking with him post-combine. Pettis has mixed reviews but broke Desean Jackson’s Pac-10 record for punts returned for touchdowns. Pettis isn’t the answer the Colts needed at wide receiver this season after not re-signing Moncrief and missing out on the true number one receivers in free agency. However Pettis could be a workhorse and earn his playing time much like Charles Rogers.
Pick 178- Anthony Winbush- OLB/DE (Ball State)
Winbush is more than likely an outside linebacker in the NFL. He will have to start on special teams but he has ability and there is no denying that. He would be a pure pass rusher and that’s really it at the beginning of his career. He continued to up his sack totals in college so at least we know he works at his craft.
Pick 221- Logan Woodside- Quarterback (Toledo)
Woodside has a bunch of upside. He would be a practice squad player but if Brissett doesn’t stick around then Wooside could earn the back-up role to Andrew Luck. Woodside’s yard went down his senior year but did good enough at the combine to catch the attention of scouts and coaches.