With their second of two fourth round picks in the draft, the Colts have used the 125th overall selection to draft Florida inside linebacker Antonio Morrison.
Morrison played in 47 games at Florida and recorded 294 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, three passes defensed, an interception, three forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. He recorded over 100 tackles in back-to-back seasons and in 2015 was a unanimous first-team All-SEC selection as well as a semi-finalist for the Butkus Award. He was incredibly productive during his career, but perhaps most impressively he returned from a knee injury in the 2014 bowl game in time to not miss a single start in 2015. He had a couple of off-the-field incidents in 2013 in which he was arrested twice in a five week span (including one incident in which he was barking at a police dog), which was likely something the Colts looked into before drafting him.
It makes perfect sense why the Colts added an inside linebacker, as they lost Jerrell Freeman in free agency and have an open starting spot alongside D'Qwell Jackson. Guys like Nate Irving, Sio Moore, and Amarlo Herrera will compete for the spot, but now Morrison joins that competition as well. According to NFL.com, he is best suited to be an inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense and could be an eventual starter. "Write him up however you want," an AFC general manager told NFL.com, "but he's a two-down MIKE linebacker who is tough as hell and a good football player. I worry much less about his 'negatives' than I do with what he can do." He had plenty of production in college, and the Colts are hoping that production can translate to the NFL as well.
Here's a complete look at the Colts' picks in the 2016 NFL Draft:
1st round, 18th overall pick: Ryan Kelly, center, Alabama
2nd round, 57th overall pick (from Packers): T.J. Green, safety, Clemson
3rd round, 82nd overall pick: Le'Raven Clark, offensive tackle, Texas Tech
4th round, 116th overall pick: Hassan Ridgeway, defensive tackle, Texas
4th round, 125th overall pick (from Packers): Antonio Morrison, inside linebacker, Florida
5th round, 155th overall pick
7th round, 239th overall pick
7th round, 248th overall pick (from Packers)
The team's sixth round pick was traded to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for linebacker Sio Moore last year, leaving them with six picks in the draft (currently, barring a trade). Additionally, here's an update on the Colts' areas of need (in no particular order):
Offensive line (The Colts could still use offensive line help, but for the purposes of this list we're crossing it off since hte Colts did address the position already in the draft)
Inside linebacker Defensive back (safety and/or cornerback)