Rd. 1, Pk. 15
Charles Harris, DE/3-4OLB/OLB, Missouri
The Colts have so many needs on defense, but the primary thing they need to address is finding a talented edge rusher. Their current top pass-rushers are Jabaal Sheard, who was benched last year, and John Simon, a rotational player for the Texans. Charles Harris would potentially solve a huge problem for the Colts.
*** OTHER 2017 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***
1. Takkarist McKinley or Derek Barnett, DE - Here are two other possibilities at outside linebacker.
2. Reuben Foster, ILB - There are lots of picks that make sense for the Colts. Kevin King, Marlon Humphrey, Haason Reddick, McKinley, T.J. Watt and several others are all logical choices. New Colts general manager Chris Ballard came from Kansas City, and Andy Reid used to take second chances on players all the time. Perhaps Ballard will do the same with Foster.
Pick change; previously Derek Barnett, DE
Rd. 2, Pk. 14
Dion Dawkins, G/OT, Temple
The Colts need to make sure Andrew Luck is protected as well as possible. The big hole they have up front is at one of the guard spots.
Rd. 3, Pk. 16
Blair Brown, ILB/OLB, Ohio
The Colts signed Sean Spence this offseason, but he's not nearly enough to fix their glaring inside linebacker problem.
Rd. 4, Pk. 14
Jaleel Johnson, DT/3-4DE/NT, Iowa
The Colts have addressed outside linebacker and inside linebacker thus far. Now, they have to look to the defensive line, which is mostly weak at the moment.
Rd. 4, Pk. 30
Corn Elder, CB, Miami
Vontae Davis is set to become a free agent next offseason. Losing him would hurt, so here's a potential replacement.
Rd. 4, Pk. 37
Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson
The Colts need to find a successor for Frank Gore, so I'd expect them to pick a running back between the second and fourth rounds.
Rd. 5, Pk. 14
Josh Malone, WR, Tennessee
Donte Moncrief will be a free agent after this season, while Phillip Dorsett has done nothing thus far, so the Colts could try to obtain a mid-round receiver.
Some years of bad moves by former general manager Ryan Grigson, like trading a first-round pick for Trent Richardson and blowing one on Bjoern Werner, are coming back to bite Indianapolis. The Colts have a ton of needs on their talent-deficient roster, including edge rusher, running back, cornerback, defensive line, linebacker, and more offensive line talent. The defense is in horrible shape, so Indianapolis could take the best defensive player available regardless of position. McKinley isn't the best player available, as I know some teams that graded him in the mid-rounds, but the Colts have shown a ton of interest in him, including general manager Chris Ballard spending a lot of time with McKinley.
McKinley is a pass-rushing specialist who enjoyed a breakout senior season. In 2016, he racked up 61 tackles with 18 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, three forced fumbles and six passes batted. It was a big improvement over his junior year when he recorded 35 tackles with 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and four passes broken up. McKinley was a backup as a sophomore, but had 2.5 sacks.
For the NFL, the 6-foot-2, 250-pounder's body type would fit best as a 3-4 outside linebacker. He could play right defensive end in 4-3 scheme, but would have to be rotated regularly and could struggle to defend against the run. In college, McKinley had a high motor, but he would get destroyed against the run regularly. He also lacks pass-rushing moves, is very tight, and is a one-trick pony speed rusher. Thus, I think he has some bust potential.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Malik McDowell, DT/3-4DE, Michigan State
The Colts continue to build up the talent on their defensive line. They need a disruptor at the point of attack, and McDowell could make a significant impact at five-technique. Indianapolis has hosted him on a visit, and I think this could be a great value for the Colts in the second round.
McDowell totaled 34 tackles with seven for a loss and just 1.5 sacks in 2016, but was very disruptive with pressure on the quarterback. He was a backup in 2014, but broke out in 2015. At times during that season, McDowell was the Spartans' most disruptive defensive lineman. He totaled 41 tackles with 13 for a loss, 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a pick-six on the year.
The 6-foot-6, 295-pounder has a lot of upside to develop. Teams love his skill set, but have concerns about his work ethic in the weight room and motor. They also feel that McDowell seemed to be protecting himself in his final games. They question his desire to be great and love of football. Still, he would be a perfect fit as a five-technique in a 3-4 defense. Sources from multiple teams have McDowell as a high first-round talent and like him more than Arik Armstead and similarly to DeForest Buckner.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
D'Onta Foreman, RB, Texas
The Colts could use a running back to eventually replace Frank Gore.
Foreman was a beast in 2016, rolling over defenders while averaging 6.3 yards per carry for 2,028 yards with 15 touchdowns. He wasn't much of a receiver with seven receptions for 75 yards, but Foreman is a load as a runner who can run over the opposition. The 6-foot, 233-pounder is a power back for the NFL, and sources have said that Foreman really impressed them in 2016.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Howard Wilson, CB, Houston
The Colts could use more talent at corner, plus they have Vontae Davis in a contract year.
Wilson (6-1, 184) was a surprise early entry in the 2017 NFL Draft as he was not expected to skip his final two seasons of college football. The NFL Draft Advisory recommended that Wilson go back to school. He probably will be a mid-round pick, but he has a good skill set. In 2016, Wilson notched 54 tackles with 10 passes broken up and five interceptions. He could be a sleeper corner who ends up being a nice value pick.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Anthony Walker, OLB/ILB, Northwestern
The Colts need to improve their roster all over the place. Here is some linebacker help.
In 2016, Walker recorded 105 tackles with 10 for a loss, four forced fumbles, two sacks, five passes broken up and one interception. Sources say they liked Walker (6-1, 238) more as a player in 2015. He was 20 pounds heavier in 2016, and sources feel that the extra weight severely degraded his speed and explosion.
Prior to his weight gain, Walker was a fast sideline-to-sideline defender. He functioned well in man coverage and was very dangerous in zone. Walker had a great 2015 season as he totaled 122 tackles with 20.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks, four passes batted, one forced fumble and one interception.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama
The Colts continue to build up their defense with a free safety upgrade.
Jackson recorded 24 tackles with two passes broken up, one interception that was returned 55 yards for a touchdown, and two punts returned for touchdowns in 2016 before a broken leg ended his season after eight games. The 6-foot, 194-pounder massively improved after a move to safety from cornerback for 2015. He had six interceptions, 46 tackles and two passes broken up there at the former that season. Jackson looked more natural in coverage as a safety. As a sophomore corner, Jackson totaled 41 tackles with six passes broken up and one interception. He had 19 tackles with two passes broken up and a pick in 2013. Jackson needs to continue to add weight to play in the box and tackle in the NFL.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
De'Veon Smith, RB, Michigan
The Colts could use multiple running back upgrades. Smith is a good fit and will help protect Andrew Luck.
The Colts are one of the few teams that will consider drafting a running back in the first round. They could go a few ways with this pick, especially with the declining number of running backs that have been taken in the first round recently because of the question of their longevity and ability to produce at a consistant rate as they age. The last few have seemed to pan out well for the teams who went for it (Gurley, Gordon, Elliot). With Frank Gore getting older and older, and their next best option being Robert Turbin, you can expect them to take a running back at some point relatively early in this draft, and i have them taking the safest pick. With Fournette most likely being gone by the time the Colts are on the clock, Cook is their next best option. He is big, fast, agile, and can hit a hole no matter what the size, something the Colts have lacked consistently pretty much since the Edgerrin James days, and im sure they would like to go back and be able to get the run game started for the sake of Andrew Luck. I could also see a tackle like Cam Robinson or an edge rusher going here, but for the sake of speculation, this is my early prediction.
Some years of bad moves by former general manager Ryan Grigson, like trading a first-round pick for Trent Richardson and blowing one on Bjoern Werner, are coming back to bite Indianapolis. The Colts have a ton of needs on their talent-deficient roster, including edge rusher, running back, cornerback, defensive line, linebacker, and more offensive line talent. The defense is in horrible shape, so Indianapolis could take the best defensive player available regardless of position. Barnett would make sense because he would upgrade the Colts' defense immediately in both phases. <br> <br>
In 2016, Barnett recorded 56 tackles with 19 for a loss, 13 sacks, two forced fumbles, five passes broken up and one interception. He put together a superb game against Florida as he dominated in the second half to help the Volunteers pull off their huge comeback. Barnett totaled five tackles, three for a loss, two sacks and one pass batted in that outing. He also played well against Alabama, even victimizing Cam Robinson for a sack. <br> <br>
Barnett racked up 69 tackles with 12.5 for a loss and 10 sacks in 2015 after putting up an extremely impressive freshman campaign the year before. He notched 10 sacks alongside 72 tackles with 20.5 tackles for a loss that season. Barnett (6-3, 259) set freshman records at Tennessee and clearly has a lot of upside. He is a fast edge defender who is a natural pass-rusher.
This will be an unpopular pick everywhere but in the owner's box. If I am the new GM and the last one failed to protect the franchise's biggest asset, then I am going to address that first. We could quibble over Ramczyk and/or Bolles being better choices here, but no one is better horseshoed into a Right Tackle role than Cam. He's a proven ringer, not a one year "I wonder where this guy's been for the past 3 years" wonder? Lamp was also a consideration. Mayock says move Cam from Left Tackle to Guard while most everyone else says move him to Right Tackle although some say he can play Left, but if they are all correct then Cam is really versatile, a valuable trait. So who needs Forrest, a Left Tackle who can't play Left or Right and has to play Guard or nothing. This is some Weird "draft" Science.
Some years of bad moves by now former general manager Ryan Grigson, like trading a first-round pick for Trent Richardson and blowing one on Bjoern Werner, are coming back to bite Indianapolis. The Colts have a ton of needs on their talent-deficient roster, including edge rusher, running back, cornerback, defensive line, linebacker, and more offensive line talent. The defense is in horrible shape, so Indianapolis could take the best defensive player available regardless of position. Foster would make sense because he would upgrade the Colts' defense immediately in both phases. <br> <br>
In 2016, Foster amassed 115 tackles with 13 tackles for a loss, five sacks and two passes broken up. The 6-foot-1, 240-pounder came on strong late in the 2015 season for Alabama and had the game of his life in the National Championship against Clemson. He totaled 73 tackles with eight for a loss, two sacks and nine passes batted for the year. The light looked like it clicked on for Foster toward the end of the 2015 season as he was suddenly a different player. He carried that over into his senior year, when he was a physical force. Foster is a fast, athletic linebacker who can go sideline-to-sideline while also dishing out punishing hits when he gets there.
2016 Record: 8-8
Drafttek Top 10 Available: (8) Jabrill Peppers, (13) Corey Davis, (14) Mitch Trubisky, (15) Ryan Ramczyk, (16) Marlon Humphrey, (17) Reuben Foster, (19) Deshaun Watson, (20) Haason Reddick, (21) Malik McDowell
There are some good defensive players left that could really help this defense, but protecting Andrew Luck has to be a priority. Joe Haeg vs JJ Watt=Injured Luck. Ramczyk was very solid at Wisconsin, but Forrest Lamp and Garett Bolles could give him a run for his money come draft day.
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Rd. 1, Pk. 15
Malik Hooker, S
How in the world did this happen? Some teams considered Malik Hooker to be a top-three prospect in this class, as they made Ed Reed comparisons to him. I know that dumb teams making dumb picks caused him to drop, but seeing him fall to No. 15 is unreal. The Colts needed defensive help, and they're getting a lot of it with Hooker, who could be one of the top safeties in the NFL for a very long time.
Rd. 2, Pk. 14
Quincy Wilson, CB
The Colts obtained a mega steal in Round 1, and now they obtained a slightly lesser steal in the second frame. Quincy Wilson is a talented cornerback who once garnered first-round consideration. That changed as the draft process went on as scouts and front offices had a closer look at him, but he could've been chosen a dozen or so selections earlier than this without much protest. Wilson fills a need for the Colts, who had to upgrade corner.
Rd. 3, Pk. 16
Tarell Basham, DE
I had Tarell Basham going 84th overall, so I think he makes sense in this range. Basham was very productive at Ohio and possesses very good athleticism. He has solid upside, and he could turn into a potent pass-rusher for the Colts, who need as much help getting to the quarterback as possible.
Rd. 4, Pk. 30
Zach Banner, G/OT
I had the Giants selecting Zach Banner three picks later than this, so it makes sense from a range perspective. However, the fit isn't ideal. Andrew Luck needs blockers who can pass protect, and Banner can't do that. He's a powerful run-blocker, but he's way too slow and won't be able to shield the quarterback.
Rd. 4, Pk. 36
Marlon Mack, RB
I've had the highly athletic Marlon Mack slotted in the third round pretty consistently, though I did have him in the second frame on occasion. He provides great value at the end of the fourth frame. He could potentially emerge as Indianapolis' starting running back once Frank Gore moves on.
Rd. 4, Pk. 37
Grover Stewart, DT
I had Grover Stewart in the seventh round, but I don't mind a home-run selection like this at any point on the third day. Stewart is huge (6-5, 334) and has tremendous athleticism for someone at his size. He has the potential to become a solid starter one day, but his floor is pretty low as well.
Rd. 5, Pk. 14
Nate Hairston, CB
I didn't have Nate Hairston being drafted in my final mock, but I did have him slotted in the seventh round at some point. Either way, this is a reach. Hairston is a major project, as he's a former receiver converting to cornerback, so he's still learning the position.
Rd. 5, Pk. 17
Anthony Walker Jr., ILB
Anthony Walker really fell from grace, as he was a potential second-round pick prior to the 2016 season. However, Walker's tape showed that he was very stiff in his change-of-direction ability. He then tested poorly at the combine. Still, the Colts are getting a productive player who could be a solid backup and special-teams player.