The prevailing thought from most of the Indianapolis Colts’ fan base is for the team to trade back and acquire additional picks. Some analysts, however, are suggesting that the Colts can ill-afford to miss out on a top-3 talent in this draft and should stand pat.
The Colts will be in a prime area to receive a great return for the third-overall pick, but the argument to secure a talent like Bradley Chubb is a valid one.
The largest changes will be determined by the quarterbacks who are expected to hit free agency in mid-March. Kirk Cousins, Sam Bradford, A.J. McCarron, Case Keenum and possibly even Drew Brees could all massively change the early half of the draft if they land with the Cleveland Browns, New York Jets or Denver Broncos.
The Broncos and Jets are drafting at No’s 5 and 6, respectively, and are the Colts best options to move back a bit and still possibly land Chubb as their first pick in the 2018 NFL draft. Naturally, this all depends on what the Browns do at No. 1, and how that influences their pick at No. 4.
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The early intrigue focuses on where the top quarterback prospects fall and who takes tantalizing running back Saquon Barkley.
While prospects such as Quenton Nelson, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Saquon Barkley, Mike McGlinchey, Tremaine Edmunds, Roquan Smith, Maurice Hurst and maybe even Marcus Davenport are other options in the top 10 for the Colts, deciding whether or not to take chance at missing out on Chubb is a real dilemma. In fact, I can’t find one mock written recently in which the Colts take someone else.
Additionally, the Arizona Cardinals are sitting at No. 15 and will be in the quarterback conversation in free agency which will determine whether they’re looking to trade into the top 10 of the draft.
There’s also a report from Benjamin Allbright suggesting that the Buffalo Bills are looking to do the same. Despite the consensus rallying around one prospect for the Colts at No. 3, all of the outside possibilities with quarterbacks, and surprise trades aside from what the Colts could pursue lead me to believe that we have absolutely no clue what will happen right now.
So many possibilities. So man situations that could get the Colts a major haul, and so many others which could leave the Colts without much leverage in moving back. So.. Is keeping it simple, and just taking Chubb the right move? It very well may be.. unless he isn’t available. Then what?