The Indianapolis Colts stuck true to exactly what they said pre-free agency and did not make a splash last week, signing just one free agent. The addition of Devin Funchess makes wide receiver a bit less of a position of need, but still leaves some glaring holes to upgrade.
General Manager Chris Ballard likes to enter the draft with as few needs as possible, so the team can focus on taking the best player available. Unless Ballard adds more free agents, there will still be some big needs heading into the draft.
With that in mind, here's a seven round mock draft scenario taking into consideration current and future needs, but attempting not to reach.
1.26 iDL Christian Wilkins
Christian Wilkins from Clemson is a force on the interior defensive line. He can rush the passer, holds up really well against the run, and would provide a big upgrade along the Colts defensive line. Wilkins is a pro bowl caliber talent and will push to start right away. Adding Wilkins to the defensive line group will improve the rotation that Matt Eberflus loves to use during game day.
2.34 S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson
Safety is a huge need with the Colts, they need both depth at the position and a long term starter. Drafting Gardner-Johnson here is great value and fills a need. Gardner-Johnson could start immediately and provide a huge boost for the Colts on the back end of the defense. He is a smart safety who played all over the field for Florida, lining up at both safety and cornerback. Gardner-Johnson can match up in man coverage against tight ends and also plays with excellent range too.
2.59 CB Amani Oruwariye
Cornerback is another position that needs to be addressed in the draft. After re-signing Pierre Desir to a contract extension, this position becomes less of a glaring need, but when there is a prospect such as Oruwariye available on the board then you have to pull the trigger. He is the perfect corner for the Colts scheme, as he excels in zone and press coverage and has the stature to be physical against bigger receivers. Add in his ability to find and locate the ball, and he's got the potential to be the Colts' future number 1 cornerback.
3.89 EDGE Christian Miller
Pass rush, pass rush, pass rush! A team can never have too many pass rushers, and the Colts need plenty more of them. Christian Miller is the speed-type rusher than Ballard loves so much. Built with a similar frame and stature to Kemoko Turay, Miller has the length, speed, and counters to succeed at the NFL level. Miller could end up being a perfect pass rusher to match with Kemoko Turay and Tyquan Lewis.
4.129 TE Jace Sternberger
Drafting a tight end here might have some people scratching their heads. But when you consider that next year both Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle are due to be free agents and may end up leaving, then this pick will make more sense. Jace Sternberger is a big-bodied receiving threat that excels in route running and has the soft hands to catch the ball. Sternberger could end up being Luck’s go-to target in the future.
4.135 WR David Sills
Some see wide receiver as the Colts biggest need. With the signing of Devin Funchess, it's slightly less vital. However, there is still a need for depth and to get Luck better pass catchers. David Sills is exactly that, a good pass catcher. The former quarterback possess a big body and is a polished route runner. Sills can stretch the field vertically and has great ball skills, and he showed at the combine that he has good speed, clocking a 4.57 sec 40. Sills would fight for a depth position and could end up being the team's future WR2 or WR3.
5.164 OL Alex Bars
A Notre Dame offensive lineman who played with Quenton Nelson and has the base foundation of exactly what the Colts want from their offensive lineman? Yes, please. Alex Bars is a versatile offensive lineman who has put together some decent tape while in college backing up Nelson, then taking over for him when he entered the draft. If not for his season-ending knee injury he would have gone higher. The Colts grab some depth along the offensive line and a potential future starter in years to come.
6.199 DL Michael Dogbe
What do Matt Eberflus and Chris Ballard both love from defensive linemen? Versatility. And that is just what Michael Dogbe brings. He’s an undersized interior defensive lineman who can play both inside and off the edge, showing off disruption and gap-shooting ability from multiple positions. Dogbe has been a terror at times and with some quality coaching could be just the piece the Colts defensive line rotation needs.
7.240 RB/WR Tony Pollard
One word to describe Tony Pollard? Playmaker! Just get the ball into his hands and watch something special happen. Whether he's lining up at wide receiver, running back or kick returner, Pollard just makes plays. Imagine the plays Frank Reich and Co. can draw up to get Pollard involved in the offense. Also, the Colts may finally have the answer at returner they have so badly needed in Pollard.