Yes, I know the Colts' season isn't over, but the college football season has come to an end for most teams. It's December, we're in a three-way tie for the division. What better time to do a mock draft? Not gonna do an entire mock draft but a nice three-round mock is a good start.
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The Colts' current draft position is twenty-second. If available, I would choose Jared Verse from Flordia State with that pick. Verse would be the best player on the board easily if still there. Standing 6 feet 4 inches and weighing 260 pounds, Verse is an exceptional athlete. He reminds me of another 6-foot-4 defensive end, Myles Garrett.
Like Garrett, Verse has remarkable hand skills, and his speed allows him to beat offensive tackles off the line of scrimmage. Giving him multiple ways to pressure the quarterback.
In my opinion, the Colts would benefit from Verse's talent on the edge to increase pressure on the quarterback, despite having a great defensive line already.
With the inconsistency lately from Braden Smith being able to stay on the field. I think it's time to add another tackle. Yes, we drafted Blake Freeland last year, but what better way to have the best offensive line than adding competition to the mix? Let's draft offensive tackle Jordan Morgan from the University of Arizona.
Morgan is a team captain and a top-10 offensive tackle prospect in this year's draft. He is a massive player, standing at 6'5" and weighing 325 pounds. Unfortunately, Morgan tore his ACL last season, which prevented him from being drafted in the first round last year. However, with the amount of talent available at the offensive tackle position this season, we should expect to see another Chris Ballard steal in the second round.
I think we could go two ways here cornerback or linebacker. We clearly could use the depth at the corner position, but I think we can wait on a corner in this draft at least till the fourth for a talent like Khyree Jackson. For this pick I like a linebacker and not just any linebacker, but one who leads his team in tackles and is a semifinalist for the Butkus Award. Which is given the best linebacker in college football.
Cedric Gray, a player from the University of North Carolina, would be a valuable addition to the defense. Standing at 6'2" and weighing 235 pounds, he is a versatile player who is found all over the field. He possesses the ability to hit the holes and stop the offense. Cedric Gray is also a lockdown defender against receivers. Seems like a Ballard guy to me.
Though the Colts are in the playoff hunt it's never too early to look at the next men up. Especially with all the injuries and losses the Colts have had this year. From Isaiah Rodgers to the recent debacle with Tony Brown and Isaiah McKenzie, this team has faced a lot of adversity and will keep fighting. However, with that adversity comes gaps in the roster that must be filled. In Ballard We Trust!
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