The 2015 NFL Draft will be held on April 30 through May 2 in Chicago, and this will be a time where all 32 teams are trying to make the necessary improvements to their team and get players that can help them - whether immediately or down the road.
A year ago, the Indianapolis Colts had just five picks in the draft and didn't have a first rounder, but things will be very different for the franchise this year, as they will have nine picks overall. Here's a list of those selections:
First Round - 29th overall pick
Second Round - 61st overall pick
Third Round - 93rd overall pick
Fourth Round - 128th overall pick
Fifth Round - 165th overall pick
Sixth Round - 204th overall pick
Sixth Round - 206th overall pick (from the Seattle Seahawks)
Seventh Round - 244th overall pick (from the Dallas Cowboys)
Seventh Round - 255th overall pick (compensatory pick)
Here are a few notes on the picks, particularly where some of them came from. The extra sixth round pick from the Seattle Seahawks came in exchange for cornerback Marcus Burley, who starred in training camp last year for the Colts and who they then shipped to Seattle. The extra seventh round pick from the Dallas Cowboys was likewise a trade to ship away a training camp star, only this time Caesar Rayford after camp in 2013. The compensatory pick was awarded to the Colts as compensation for losing linebacker Kavell Conner in free agency to the Chargers last year. The NFL listed Antoine Bethea, Donald Brown, and Kavell Conner as those qualifying players that the Colts lost in free agency last year and listed Arthur Jones and Hakeem Nicks as players the Colts gained, and their formula equaled the Colts getting an extra seventh round pick - the second-to-last pick in the entire draft. And lastly, as for the Colts' original seventh round pick, that belongs to the San Francisco 49ers, as the Colts sent that conditional pick to the 49ers in exchange for outside linebacker Cam Johnson last year.
Without a doubt, it will be an interesting draft season for the Colts, and we certainly can't rule out the possibility of Ryan Grigson pulling off trades to change this selection of picks for the team. But as it stands right now, the Colts are due to have nine draft choices (at least one in each round) and should be poised to bring in some players who can help this team reach their ultimate goal of winning the Super Bowl.