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.
Harris has been bouncing all over the place in my mock draft. He tested poorly at the combine, which I thought would drop him, but apparently not. It's been reported that he has drawn top-15 grades, and two teams we've spoken to believe he'll be off the board in the top 25.
*** OTHER 2017 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***
1. Derek Barnett, DE - I've had Barnett slotted here for a few weeks. I think he'll be the pick if he's available.
2. Reuben Foster, ILB - There are lots of picks that make sense for the Colts. Gareon Conley, Haason Reddick, Takkarist 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.
Pick change; previously Alvin Kamara, RB
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.
Pick change; previously Danny Isidora, G
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. Barnett would make sense because he would upgrade the Colts' defense immediately in both phases.
In 2016, Barnett recorded 56 tackles with 19 for a loss, 13 sacks, two forced fumbles, five passes broken up and one interception. Sources view Barnett as a smooth pass-rusher who has some natural pass-rushing skills for the pros. Barnett can fight his way through blocks and close on the quarterback. The best traits that Barnett illustrates are an ability to sink his hips and dip under tackles to get leverage in chasing down the quarterback.
Barnett racked up 69 tackles with 12.5 for a loss and 10 sacks in 2015. He notched 10 sacks alongside 72 tackles with 20.5 tackles for a loss as a freshman. Barnett (6-3, 259) is a solid run defender with room for improvement.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA
The Colts need to find multiple upgrades at cornerback. Fortunately for Indianapolis, the 2017 NFL Draft is really deep at corner, so the organization could come away with multiple upgrades.
Moreau (6-0, 202) was one of the stars of the East-West Shrine throughout the week as he impressed teams with his size, physicality, and coverage skills. Moreau is a tough corner who is capable of running the route to prevent separation. As a senior, he totaled 31 tackles with two interceptions and 10 passes broken up.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Marlon Mack, RB, South Florida
The Colts could use a running back to eventually replace Frank Gore.
Mack (5-11, 213) ran well for the Bulls in 2016. He averaged 7.1 yards per carry on the year for 1,187 yards with 15 touchdowns, plus snatched 28 receptions for 227 yards. 2016 was Mack's third straight 1,000-yard season. He had 1,381 yards as a sophomore and 1,041 yards as a freshman. The junior is a sleeper back who could be a nice role player in the NFL.
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
Michael Roberts, TE, Toledo
The Colts could use a tight end to replace Dwayne Allen.
Roberts (6-4, 261) is a blocking tight end for the NFL, yet he also has some receiving ability. Scouting sources said that Roberts could be the best pure Y - blocking - tight end in the 2017 NFL Draft. They say Roberts is athletic enough to make some plays as a short option or in the red zone. He had a quality week at the Senior Bowl, minus a few dropped passes. In 2016, Roberts totaled 45 receptions for 533 yards with 16 touchdowns. As a junior, he made 21 catches for 234 yards with four scores.
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.
An offense with both Andrew Luck and Christian McCaffrey behind him is something that just feels right. The two former Stanford Cardinal can make a terrific tandem giving Luck a passing catching out of the back field he has never had while in the NFL. Plus, he is an antithesis of Frank Gore who is a hard nosed runner creating a sort of thunder and lightning style of backfield. McCaffrey is good runner up the middle in his own right and can help take the mantle when Gore finally hangs up his cleats.
Last Weeks Selection: Takkarist McKinley OLB UCLA at Pick # 47
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.
I'm sure it's because your "NFL Matches" section is just the usual copy/pasta from other scouting report articles, but I literally spit out my drink reading you suggest Mixon as a fit for the Ravens. Zero chance that happens lol.
*EASTER UPDATE* WITH TRADES RD2, 3, & 4 ORDER IS RANDOM for trades that usually happen.
Used draft-site`s approach as a general guide. Really like their ranking system as it uses a hi-low rubric to rank each player. Took several ranking sites and averaged out player rankings. Used my own rankings for players I feel were ranked much too low. F/A updates with a few players still looking for a new home. Will update as they sign. Will see teams reach for QB & OT. 3 days till drafttime !! No big trades announced yet.