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Should the Colts trade up in the second round of the NFL Draft?

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There's still plenty of talent available as we enter the second round of the NFL Draft, particularly on defense - so should the Colts trade up? We examine both sides of the issue.

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For the Indianapolis Colts, the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft was both expected and unexpected.  It was expected that the Colts would take Alabama center Ryan Kelly with the 18th overall pick, and that's exactly what happened.  What was unexpected was the amount of talent dropping to the Colts' pick and beyond, and at the conclusion of the first round there is still a lot of talent left on the board.

Guys like Noah Spence, Myles Jack, Mackensie Alexander, Reggie Ragland, Andrew Billings, and A'Shawn Robinson are still available entering the second round, among others.  The problem for the Colts, who next pick 48th overall, is that those players probably won't still be around when that pick rolls around.  There are 16 picks left between the start of the second round and the Colts' next pick, meaning they could lose out on some of those top players remaining.  So the question naturally becomes: should they trade up?

We'll examine both sides of the argument here, making the case both for and against trading up in the draft.

The case for trading up

When the draft started on Thursday night, I would have been perfectly fine with either Noah Spence or Ryan Kelly with the Colts' first round pick, as I think both players are talented and worth taking.  The problem with Spence is off-the-field concerns, of course, and Kelly was a very good and safe pick for the Colts - there was nothing wrong about what Indy did in the first round.  But they still face the reality of a need at pass rush, and Noah Spence is a first round talent who is still available to start the second round.  There's no doubt that someone like Noah Spence would improve the pass rush, and then other talented players are still on the board as well (including Myles Jack, who could be a huge get if his health checks out).  The philosophy behind trading up is be simple: talent over volume.  The Colts have six picks in the draft (which isn't a ton), but some of those picks won't be standouts or close to it.  The rationale for trading up would then be to go all in for loading up on talent rather than the volume of picks.  This puts a lot of pressure on Ryan Grigson to make sure that the guy you move up to get is the right guy, but it could wind up paying huge dividends down the road if indeed the right pick is made.

The case against trading up

The Colts will be able to get a good player with the 48th pick by staying right there.  It might not be a first round caliber player, but they'll be able to get talent there regardless in a deep draft class.  Plus, if any of the guys remaining were considered "can't miss" prospects, they'd have been drafted already; there's a huge risk that comes with the NFL Draft, and making a trade up in the second round would intensify the pressure.  Going off of the trade value chart, the Colts would likely need to give up their second round pick and then either their third or fourth round pick to move up in the draft to get the player they want, which could mean (if it's the third rounder) that they only pick once on Friday night.  I think it becomes very clear, then, just how much of a risk trading up actually is.  The Colts have done their research and have scouted players for every round, and one of the most striking things about this year's draft is the similar talent level in the second round.  For the Colts to move up from their spot at 48 to go get someone (and in doing so giving up valuable picks), they would need to be absolutely sure that the player is worth it - and at this point in the draft, I'm not sure there's that can't miss player.

Both sides certainly have valid points: the Colts do need to target defensive help, and there's plenty of very good talent still available.  At the same time, however, moving up in the draft won't be cheap, and that could make it an unnecessary risk, and more importantly they would lose out on valuable picks.  Now that we've looked at both sides, what are your thoughts: do you want to see the Colts trade up in the second round, and if so, who do you want them to trade up for?