The 2017 NFL Draft begins three weeks from tonight, and it will be very interesting to see what Chris Ballard does in his first draft as the GM of the Colts.
The Colts currently have seven picks in the draft, with all of them coming in the first five rounds (including three fourth round picks). The Colts have a lot of needs, particularly on the defensive side of the football, and it should be expected that the Colts will focus on the defense in the draft.
Recently, Rotoworld put together a draft preview for the Colts, and though it included a questionable understanding of the team’s needs, it also included a seven-round mock draft from Josh Norris that’s worth paying attention to. Here are the picks Norris had for the Colts (head here for his explanations on all of them):
1st round, 15th overall: T.J. Watt, EDGE, Wisconsin
2nd round, 46th overall: Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA
3rd round, 80th overall: Will Holden, OL, Vanderbilt
4th round, 121st overall: Anthony Walker, LB, Northwestern
4th round, 137th overall: Isaac Rochell, DL, Notre Dame
4th round, 144th overall: Elijah McGuire, RB, Louisiana-Lafayette
5th round, 158th overall: Conor McDermott, T, UCLA
Just take a glance at the positions that Norris has the Colts addressing in the draft, and I think you’ll see a formula that could be quite possible for Indianapolis. An edge rusher in the first round and a cornerback in the second round ensures that the Colts address their two biggest needs with their first two picks. From there, the Colts add two offensive lineman, an inside linebacker, a defensive lineman, and a running back. Position-wise, that draft would make a ton of sense.
In other words, I think you can argue which players would be the best guys to take at each pick and at each position, but the positions the Colts address - and when - makes a lot of sense, fitting the needs the Colts have with capable players.
Also, as a side note,, while the mock draft doesn’t include trades it’s quite possible that the Colts will make a trade or two, especially since they don’t have any picks in the sixth or seventh rounds currently. I wouldn’t neccessarily assume that these seven picks will definitely be the seven picks the Colts use, but it’s even more impossible to predict trades than it is to predict picks.
Anyway, based on Norris’ mock draft, what would be your thoughts about this draft for the Colts if it actually happened that way?