The 70th annual Senior Bowl has concluded and Daniel Jones has taken home the game’s MVP award (which is quite laughable but we’ll just skip over that). It was a fun week in Mobile and the best way to cap it all off would be with a Senior Bowl only mock draft for the Colts.
This list is only including Senior Bowl players so if your favorite player was left out, odds are that was the reason why.
Round 1: Charles Omenihu, DE, Texas
A standout at Texas, Omenihu was one of the bigger names heading into Mobile this year. He tallied 16.5 sacks in his college career and was an impact player as a sub rusher in college. After measuring in at 6’6” 275 pounds in Mobile and putting together a dominant week, Omenihu all but sealed his first round status.
For the Colts, he could be the chess piece they desire up front as he can slide in as either a defensive tackle or defensive end. His length and strength would add a ton to the Colts’ pass rush and he could be the difference maker the team desperately needs.
Charles Omenihu: Man Amongst Boys.— Jared Feinberg (@JrodDraftScout) January 26, 2019
Potential 1st round prospect. pic.twitter.com/I27uz0Fyyd
Round 2 (From the Jets): Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
Samuel was the clear cut best receiver entering the Senior Bowl and he emerged as a potential first rounder due to a strong week. A very productive player for South Carolina, Samuel caught 148 passes for 2,076 yards and 16 touchdowns in his collegiate career. He then put together a dominant week of practice due to his strong route running and explosive play style.
For the Colts, Samuel could be the answer across from TY Hilton and could also slide into the slot in certain packages. He can catch everything and has a knack for getting open.
Deebo Samuel’s foot speed is disgusting... pic.twitter.com/6dYpe7BSXt— Jake (@SeedsofJake) January 22, 2019
Round 2: Khalen Saunders, DT, Western Illinois
A bit surprising here but Saunders showed a ton in Mobile. The “Aaron Donald of FCS” was incredible in his career, as he tallied 15 sacks as an interior defensive lineman for Western Illinois. He came into the Senior Bowl as a bit of an unknown but was able to dominate the one on ones with his pure strength and athleticism. He even notched a few pressures and a sack in the game on Saturday.
For the Colts, Saunders would be a perfect athletic fit in the Colts’ scheme and be a pure gap shooting threat. He would offer a major boost to the pass rush while also being a solid run defender.
Khalen Saunders with the club/swim for the sack pic.twitter.com/KiwYPdhJlt— Ty Wurth (@WurthDraft) January 26, 2019
Round 3: Will Harris, SAF, Boston College
Another big winner of Senior Bowl week was Boston College safety Will Harris. With how the NFL uses their safeties nowadays, it is vital for a prospect to show their versatility to play multiple positions across the defensive backfield. Harris showed exactly that on his tape and in Mobile. Coming from an underrated DBU school in Boston College, Harris put together a solid career tallying 225 tackles, 5 interceptions, 7 pass deflections, and 1 sack in four years.
For the Colts, he could be the immediate help the need at deep safety to pair with Malik Hooker. This would also open up more room for Clayton Geathers to play more of a box safety/ $backer role on defense.
The safeties were a bit underwhelming to me all week, but Boston College’s Will Harris stood out.— Gavino Borquez (@GavinoBorquez) January 26, 2019
Harris showed a good amount of play speed to cover both sidelines, light feet, fluid range of motion through the hips and ideal body control. Versatile safety at the next level. pic.twitter.com/u3JRrKmN4B
Round 4: Dennis Daley, OT, South Carolina
The Colts’ offensive line is nearly set but they need to start planning for Anthony Castonzo’s decline. They would be wise to add South Carolina star tackle Dennis Daley. Measuring in at 6’5” 305 pounds, Daley has the athleticism and reach you look for in an NFL starting tackle. He is also a big strong player who uses his length to dominate edge players at the point of attack. He still needs some work in terms of his hand placement and anchor but sitting behind a player like Castonzo could help him learn.
OT Dennis Daley told me he has a lot to learn to be a starter in the NFL. On this drill it looks like he’s doing the schooling pic.twitter.com/Yj3FSBi7pF— Bears Barroom (@BearsBarroom) January 24, 2019
Round 4 (Compensatory pick): Dax Raymond, TE, Utah State
Another tight end? Yup, that’s right, the Colts could be in the market for another tight end this draft. The 6’5” 250 pound Dax Raymond wasn’t the most productive player in college— only caught 72 passes for 873 yards and 3 touchdowns in three seasons— but he fits exactly what Reach and Ballard want in their players. A three down player for Utah State, Raymond did everything asked of him. He excelled as an in-line blocker, an outside blocker, a slot receiver, and as a natural tight end. His athleticism and motor make him a valuable prospect as a “move” tight end in today’s NFL. With Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle set to hit free agency at the end of 2020, Raymond could be a nice athletic tight end to groom behind the starters.
Round 5: Jimmy Moreland, CB, James Madison
Moreland came into this draft season as a bit of an afterthought but after a strong Shrine game and Senior Bowl, he is rising up draft boards. His college career started off a bit rocky as he was dismissed from the JMU team for rules violations his freshman year. He proceeded to turn his life around, rejoin JMU, and turn in an impressive 15 interception career.
For the Colts, he could be a tenacious 4th corner on a team that desperately needs depth. His speed and athletic ability would also be useful on special teams as he develops behind the starters. I love Moreland’s fit with this already aggressive defense.
Round 6: Demarcus Christmas, DL, Florida State
Another defensive lineman? You bet. With Margus Hunt and Al Woods potentially departing in free agency, the Colts need a lot of youth up front. We already added the athletic Khalen Saunders and now we add another impressive player in Demarcus Christmas. A bit overshadowed at Florida State, Christmas only tallied 11.5 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks in his college career. At the Senior Bowl though, he proved that he could be much more. He has great strength and a tireless motor that never runs out. For the Colts, he could step in as a depth run defender with the athletic upside to grow into a more prominent role on the team.
Round 7: Jordan Brown, CB, South Dakota State
I mentioned earlier that the Colts need more depth at corner and Brown is a great developmental guy. He had 8 career interceptions in the FCS and showed off some impressive movement skills in Mobile. When I watched his tape, I saw a cornerback who could immediately contribute to a team as an off-man or zone corner. He does need to work on his run defense and press ability but I think he’d be a perfect fit as the team’s 4th or 5th corner. Plus, he’s an honor roll student and team captain in college which we know Chris Ballard values highly.
@GoJacksFB CB Jordan Brown with the PBU on the throw intended for Deebo Samuel. Brown was one of my favorites coming into this week.— Gavino Borquez (@GavinoBorquez) January 26, 2019
He works best in off-coverage to. But I loved how patient and balanced his footwork was in press to mirror and ride routes in practices pic.twitter.com/uYPc090yG0