In this series, we’ll be looking at two mock drafts from around the web, analyze the Colts’ pick and determine whether there were better options available in each author’s mock draft.
Todd McShay, ESPN
Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson*
Indy could use a receiver, but the secondary is a bigger need. Mullen, a long and lean corner, had four interceptions over the past two seasons with the Tigers and would help shore up the Colts’ middle-of-the-road pass defense.
This is a surprising way to start out. While, McShay’s overall thesis is correct: the Colts could use help at receiver and the secondary needs to be addressed. However, it is unlikely that Mullen is the best option at this point.
Mullen had high hopes heading into this past season but underwhelmed. He’s big, long and physical. Mullen has experience in both press and zone schemes but will struggle in extended man coverage. Despite having spectacular defensive players around him at Clemson, he did not shine like one would think due to questionable instincts.
If the Colts do start by addressing the secondary, the better option may be the CB McShay took three picks later, Byron Murphy of Washington. Murphy seems like a more natural fit for Eberflus’s system. He’s aggressive and has fantastic intelligence in zone coverage.
Will Brinson, CBS Sports
26. Indianapolis Colts
Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson. The Colts want to keep getting more physical on the defensive side of the ball and putting Wilkins on the defensive line would certainly help that case.
This is a solid selection. It hits home with what Chris Ballard has named as priority this off-season, upgrading the defense. Wilkins would give the Colts a solid presence up front as a penetrating DT that can pressure the QB. He has shown he belongs to be in the first round conversation and has the versatility to play several positions on the defensive line but is likely best suited to fill a 3-tech role.
The only issue with the is that there is a player who may be a better option for the Colts based on Brinson’s picks. Four picks later, the Packers select Brian Burns, EDGE from Florida State. Burns has the flexibility and explosive first step to play right away in the NFL. His biggest red flag is his lack of size. Burns would be an upgrade at a position Ballard has named as his primary this off-season, pass rusher.
Ultimately, the Colts would be ecstatic if Wilkins or Burns fell to them late on Day 1.