In the last week and a half, the NFL awarded compensatory draft picks to qualifying teams, and the San Francisco 49ers won a coin toss with the Oakland Raiders to decide between ninth and 10th in the draft order. Those events finalized the league’s full draft order (until further trades shake things up).
The Indianapolis Colts weren’t awarded any comp picks, and they didn’t trade away any draft picks (or acquire any yet), so they currently have your standard slate of seven draft picks.
Back in the 1990’s, former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson put together a point system to value picks in the draft, and it is still used today (in different variations). I included the point value for each of the Colts’ picks, using Drafttek as a resource.
*The Colts alternate between the third and fourth pick in each round with fellow 4-12 squad Houston Texans.
Colts Official 2018 NFL Draft Order
With the Colts picking at the top of each round, they will have highly coveted picks, so get ready for their order to be shaken up. The Colts are the only team in the top six picks of the draft who likely won’t be looking for a franchise quarterback. There are also five elite-level non-quarterbacks* in the draft who, if any are taken before the Colts pick in Round 1, will increase the value of the quarterbacks. In Round 2, certain players with Round 1 grades who have slipped to Round 2 will be targeted by teams looking to move up and acquire them, adding more value to the Colts’ No. 36 pick.
*Saquon Barkley, Bradley Chubb, Quenton Nelson, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Roquan Smith