The NFL Draft is only a couple of weeks away, and one thing we know is that the Colts will be looking to address their secondary through the draft.
That has been thought to be by adding a cornerback or two, but it could also come by adding a safety as well in a draft class that is very deep at the position. One player they seem to have interest in is NC State safety Josh Jones, according to the Detroit Free Press’ Dave Birkett.
Lotta teams putting in work on NC State S Josh Jones. Rams visited his HS, Colts & Cardinals called there to check on him. Solid Day 2 guy— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) April 10, 2017
Jones had a productive career at NC State, playing in 38 games and recording eight interceptions. As a junior in 2016 he started 13 games and recorded 109 tackles, four tackles for loss, a sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, eight passes defensed, and three interceptions.
The Colts could use help at safety, even though it’s not considered among their biggest needs. Clayton Geathers had an impressive year in 2016 when he was healthy, but he’s coming back from a neck injury. Mike Adams left in free agency, and T.J. Green had a really rough rookie season. Darius Butler was re-signed and will be primarily a safety, but nothing about the players at that position suggests the Colts won’t be adding another guy - especially in a good safety draft. Drafting someone like Jones would mean that the Colts have plenty of flexibility: flexibility in case Geathers (or another player) gets injured, flexibility in case the Colts want to use Geathers in the box more, flexibility in case Green doesn’t make the improvement the Colts hope he does, and flexibility in case the Colts want to play Butler in the slot sometime.
Josh Jones is a good safety prospect who right now seems to be on the bubble between being a day one and day two selection. If he makes it to the Colts’ pick in the second round, number 46 overall, then he could garner some serious consideration from Indianapolis. It sounds like they’re at least showing some level of interest in the pre-draft process, but what exactly to make of that is anybody’s guess.