The Indianapolis Colts tonight selected Florida cornerback Quincy Wilson with their second round pick, number 46 overall.
This continues the emphasis on the secondary for Chris Ballard in this draft, as Wilson joins first round pick Malik Hooker. Wilson should step in and be a day one starter at cornerback for the Colts opposite of Vontae Davis. Many regarded Wilson as one of the best remaining prospects entering day two of the draft, and the Colts selected him when their pick came around.
As a junior at Florida in 2016, Wilson started all 13 games and recorded 33 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, a sack, three interceptions, and six passes defensed while allowing less than 40% of passes thrown his way to be completed. He’s got good size, as he’s 6-1, 211 pounds. Chris Ballard likes size and catching ability from his cornerbacks, and Wilson fits the bill on both regards. According to Pro Football Focus, Wilson allowed opposing quarterbacks to have just a 29.9 NFL quarterback rating last year when targeting him, as he allowed just 16 catches on 49 targets and allowed one touchdown as opposed to three interceptions.
Cornerback was arguably the team’s biggest need entering the draft, and Chris Ballard addressed it early with a good pick. Vontae Davis is the team’s number one (though he’s entering the final year of his contract), and the Colts also have Rashaan Melvin, Darryl Morris, and others - but they needed another guy, and Quincy Wilson can be that starter. The biggest thing the Colts needed is to add good defensive talent, and they’ve certainly done that through their first two rounds.
Here’s a complete look at the Colts’ picks in the 2017 NFL Draft:
2nd round, 46th overall: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
3rd round, 80th overall
4th round, 122nd overall
4th round, 137th overall (from New England Patriots)
4th round, 144th overall (compensatory)
5th round, 158th overall
The Colts picked up an extra fourth round pick (137th overall) from the New England Patriots earlier this offseason in exchange for tight end Dwayne Allen and their sixth round pick. That’s where the team’s sixth round pick went, and their seventh round pick was traded early in the 2015 season to the Cleveland Browns as a conditional draft choice for Billy Winn. The Colts also received an extra fourth round pick this year (144th overall) as a compensatory pick because of the departure of tight end Coby Fleener to the New Orleans Saints last offseason.
To keep up with all of the picks throughout the league in the 2017 NFL Draft, check out our draft tracker here.
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