In the NFL, late round picks are utilized by teams to find players that can fit their systems and become solid contributors. As a result, the draft board at this point will vary significantly from team to team.
There is a reason these players are late round picks. Either there are questions surrounding them off the field or they have weaknesses physically or in their ability to play football.
Once the draft approaches the later rounds, only the team itself knows which players it is targeting for its system.
In the 5th round, the Colts have drafted Josh Chapman, NT from Alabama, and Vick Ballard, RB from Mississipi State.
Josh Chapman- Scouting Report- At the start of the 5th round, Chapman was one of the best players available and was also a good fit for the Colts new hybrid scheme. Like most 5th round picks, Chapman is an imperfect football player. His downside lies in the fact that he had a torn ACL last season, yet he was still able to anchor the best defense in college football.
Vick Ballard- Scouting Report- Very, very solid pick IMO. A very productive RB in the SEC as a 2 year starter projected to be a 3rd round pick. Ballard lasted so long because of his lack of breakaway speed, but that's not who he is as a player anyway. Just like Chapman, Ballard was a player that fit the system and was one of the best players available.
Clearly, the Colts felt that these players as late round picks specifically fit their system and have the potential to become solid contributors down the line. So far, in a weak CB class and weak DB class overall, the Colts have felt that these other guys were better players and fit their system better.
(More to come after 6th and 7th rounds)