The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft is exactly one month away!
Over the next month there will be plenty of talk about who teams should pick, and a popular discussion in mock drafts regarding the Colts has been whether they should take a running back or a defensive player with their first pick.
SB Nation’s Dan Kadar put out his most recent mock draft today, and he once again has the Colts going running back in the first round, taking Florida State’s Dalvin Cook with the 15th overall pick. In the second round, however, he has them going defense by taking USC cornerback Adoree’ Jackson.
Dalvin Cook has been a very popular first round pick for the Colts in mock drafts, and that doesn’t appear to be changing. If anything, it seems that the Colts’ outside linebacker moves have created the perception that the position is not as big of a need, thus opening the door even more to a running back early. And in all honesty, it wouldn’t be a bad pick, because there are some really good running backs in this draft who could really help the Colts. So it wouldn’t be a bad pick, but it’s entirely possible that there will be a better pick still there when the Colts select. That’s been the main objection from Colts fans who think that there are better players and bigger needs for the Colts to address first.
One of those needs? Cornerback, which Kadar has the Colts addressing in the second round with the selection of Adoree’ Jackson. During his collegiate career at USC, Jackson proved to be a terrific and versatile athlete, contributing on offense, defense, and special teams for the Trojans while also running track. As a junior in 2016, he was a first-team All-American selection and won the Jim Thorpe Award as the best defensive back in college football. He proved to be an electric return man who was a very good cornerback and also could contribute as a receiver.