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NFL Draft 2017: Colts select running back Marlon Mack in fourth round

NCAA Football: Central Florida at South Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

With the 143rd overall pick, the Indianapolis Colts have selected South Florida running back Marlon Mack.

Mack is a 5-11, 213 pound back with good breakaway speed who can be a home run hitter. During his three years at South Florida, Mack rushed for 3,609 yards and 32 touchdowns while averaging 6.2 yards per carry. He caught 62 passes for 498 yards and a touchdown. Mack had three straight 1,000 yard rushing seasons at USF.

The Colts needed a running back in this draft and yesterday Chris Ballard said that there were backs still available on the board in day three that they liked. Mack is one of those guys, and it’s a good pick for the Colts. He’s a nice fourth round addition who should be a really nice complementary piece to the backfield alongside Frank Gore and Robert Turbin.

The 143rd pick was one of the picks that the Colts got from the San Francisco 49ers today in a trade that saw the Colts move down some in the fourth round and pick up an extra pick in the fifth round too.

Here’s a complete look at the Colts’ picks in the 2017 NFL Draft:

1st round, 15th overall: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

2nd round, 46th overall: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida

3rd round, 80th overall: Tarell Basham, EDGE, Ohio

4th round, 121st overall (traded to San Francisco 49ers)

4th round, 137th overall (from New England Patriots): Zach Banner, OT, USC

4th round, 143rd overall (from San Francisco 49ers)

4th round, 144th overall (compensatory)

5th round, 158th overall

5th round, 161st overall (from San Francisco 49ers)

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. They made a trade on day three of the draft to send the 121st overall pick to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for the 143rd and 161st overall picks.

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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