Perfect Picks: Indianapolis Colts
With the NFL Draft approaching we will be looking at each team and evaluating where they need to improve. In this particular series we will run a seven round mock using the Pro Football Network Mock Draft Simulator and find the ‘Perfect Picks’ for each franchise.
We will highlight four players that could help each team. This will feature picks 1 and 2, a mid round gem and a late round sleeper.
Round 2 - David Bell, WR, Purdue
Bell won’t wow you with his athletic ability but his numbers speak for themself. The Purdue wideout was a dependable target for the Boilermakers. Contributing 1286 receiving yards, including 2 200+ yard outings and another 4 games where he broke the 100 yard mark. He’s been tagged as a reliable second option in an NFL offense and that fits well for the Colts who can combine him with Michael Pittman and move forward post TY Hilton.
Round 3 - Kingsley Enagbare, Edge, South Carolina
A disappointing combine will put the brakes on Kingsley Enagbare’s rising stock. The edge rusher out of South Carolina never really showed the desired twitch or speed off the edge that some were giving him credit for. However, he has a strong motor and displays excellent power. He has inside/outside versatility and should set the edge in the run game. Paired with the explosive Kwity Paye the Colts could have a nice tandem whose styles compliment each other.
Mid Round Gem - Nick Cross, S, Maryland
The Colts need to add depth at safety. Andrew Sendejo looks set for free agency so Maryland’s Nick Cross could be a mid-round candidate. Gus Bradley’s scheme does utilise three safeties so there is space for Cross despite Julian Blackmon having impressed at free safety. Cross, also enjoys the single high position which emphasises his great speed and range. He looks lightweight on tape and despite his good tackling technique that lack of punch could see him available at this spot.
Late Round Sleeper - Noah Eliss, DT, Idaho
DeForest Buckner is the main attraction on the interior of the Colts offensive line. That said the Colts could benefit from adding depth at the nose tackle spot. Noah Elliss had an impressive Shrine Bowl and his NFL bloodlines should ensure somebody drafts him on day 3. At 6’5, 365lbs he regularly collapsed the interior of the pocket for the Idaho Vandals and while he may not be a starter early in his career, his ability to occupy blockers is a trait NFL defensive coordinators are searching for.
Draft In Full:
47. David Bell, WR, Purdue
82. Kingsley Enagbare, Edge, South Carolina
121. Nick Cross, S, Maryland
159. Myron Cunningham, OT, Arkansas
178. Zyon McCollum, CB, Sam Houston State
217. Dylan Parham, OG, Memphis
237. Noah Eliss, DT, Idaho
238. Reggie Roberson, WR, SMU
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