The Indianapolis Colts 2019 season is over! The Colts managed a 7-9 record in Head Coach Frank Reich’s second year in charge and the first season after the Andrew Luck era. With the 7-9 record, the Colts have officially locked themselves into the 13th overall selection in the 2020 NFL draft.
The Colts are no longer being steered by ex-franchise QB Andrew Luck, but are currently under the leadership of Jacoby Brissett. The quarterback situation is one of many roster questions Colts General Manager Chris Ballard and Co will have to try to answer going forward. The best way (also Ballard’s preferred way) of addressing those roster issues is through the NFL Draft.
So, using the amazing NFL Draft Network's draft machine I was able to complete a 7-round mock draft for the Indianapolis Colts.
Here we go!
Round 1 - QB Justin Herbert (Oregon)
Herbert has all the physical attributes you would want in a quarterback, size (6’6 and 235lbs), arm strength, and mobility. Herbert has the ability to be a franchise quarterback. He can throw all the required NFL throws due to his great arm strength and accuracy. His mobility allows him to move around the pocket with ease, but also break out the pocket and keep the chains moving. He can be a real threat when he is on the run. Pairing the talent of Herbert with the offensive mind of Colts head coach Frank Reich would be a match made in heaven.
Round 2 - OT Austin Jackson (USC)
With the impending Anthony Castonzo retirement decision looming, offensive tackle jumps way up in terms of team needs, and offensive tackle Austin Jackson is exactly the type of lineman the Colts would need. Jackson is 6’6 310lbs. He’s got the length, size, and movement skills needed for the position. Jackson is a very promising tackle who could push for playing time straight away at left tackle if Castonzo does retire, or he could be groomed as an eventual replacement.
Round 2 - WR Brandon Ayiuk (Arizona State)
The Colts need all the help they can get at receiver after the horror show the group put together last season. Enter Ayiuk. Ayiuk, 6’1 206lbs, lit up the field for Arizona State in 2019 showing off his superb athleticism. He offers good size, but it’s his speed, YAC and agility where he really sticks out. Adding Ayiuk to Hilton and Campbell would be filthy!
Round 3 - iDL Justin Madubuike (Texas A&M)
Madubuike, 6’3 305lbs, is exactly the type of interior defensive lineman the Colts need. He has great size and strength which gives him the ability to penetrate against both the run and pass. Madubuike built on his breakout sophmore year and produced an excellent junior year, racking up 11.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. Madubuike will need some coaching up, but he definitely has the ability to be a terror along the Colts defensive line.
Round 4 - TE Harrison Bryant (Florida Atlantic)
The Colts simply lack offensive play makers, and thats exactly what Harrison Bryant is. The Colts will likely move on from Eric Ebron, so a tight end who can stretch the field is needed to pair with jack-of-all-trades tight end Jack Doyle. Bryant, at 6’5 and 240lbs, is very much a receiving tight end who dominated for FAU. He can stretch the field vertically, and creates mismatches against safeties/linebackers trying to cover him. He has reliable hands, creates consistent separation, and is a good blocker when asked to do so.
Round 5 - EDGE Marlon Davidson (Auburn)
The Colts have vet edge rusher Justin Houston, talented young pass rusher Kemoko Turay, and rookie Ben Banogu under contract next year to man the edges on defense. The Colts can still look to add to this group and adding a different skill set to the group would be a great idea. Davidson, 6’3 278lbs, brings an unique skillset, as he has great size, length and motor. Where the Colts edges Turay and Banogu are more bendy atheletes, Davidson is a big-bodied athlete who wins with good hand usage and strength.
Round 6 - S Antoine Brooks Jr (Maryland)
One thing Colts GM Chris Ballard looks for in the draft is athletes and Brooks is exactly that, He is a freakish athlete and is truly all over the field in every game. Considering he is a safety his speed and explosion are elite for his size, 5’11 215lbs. He is a thumping tackler, who gets downhill quickly to make tackles behind or near the line of scrimmage. Brooks’ elite athleticism allows him to stay step-for-step with most receivers and running backs in coverage.
Round 6 - CB Kevin McGill (Eastern Michigan)
The first thing that stands out with McGill when you watch his tape is his size. At 6’2 he has great length for the position. In addition to his great size, his change of direction ability is good, too, even at his height. He has good ball skills and fights well at the catch point. He is raw and does need some developing, but he has a lot to work with.
Round 7 - iOL Michael Onwenu (Michigan)
Onwenu is a big bodied offensive guard with good athleticism. Even at 6’3 350lbs he brings great lateral mobility and gets to the second level with ease. He can pull and get to the edges well and has great strength when latching onto a defensive lineman. Onwenu would likely come in as depth at the guard position but could challenge Mark Glowinski at the right guard position.