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The Athletic’s Dane Brugler Projects the Colts to Select Georgia CB Tyson Campbell, Bama OT Alex Leatherwood in 2021 NFL Mock Draft

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According to The Athletic’s Dane Brugler (subscription), the Indianapolis Colts will fill two of their key offseason needs, selecting both Georgia cornerback Tyson Campbell and Alabama offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood in his early 2-round, 2021 NFL Mock Draft:

21. Indianapolis Colts — Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia

One of the most intriguing defensive prospects in the draft, Campbell, who was high school teammates with Surtain, doesn’t always play confident, but his size and athleticism are first-round worthy. At 6-foot-2, he has outstanding length and moves like a much smaller player.

54. Indianapolis Colts — Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama

Regarding Campbell, the 6’2, 185 pound junior cornerback for the Georgia Bulldogs, recorded 29 tackles (20 solo), 2.5 tackles for loss, 1 interception, and 5 pass breakups during 10 starts in 2020.

Here’s what they’re saying:

Of course, the Colts could use a long-term answer at starting cornerback, as both Xavier Rhodes (30) and T.J. Carrie (30) are set to become free agents, while 2019 second round pick Rock Ya-Sin largely struggled in his second season with the Colts.

Ya-Sin shouldn’t be written off quite yet, but regardless, the Colts will need to eventually get younger on the outside regardless—sooner rather than later. It is worth noting that Marvell Tell, a 2019 5th round pick who impressed during his rookie season, will return in 2021—having sat out the entire 2020 season because of COVID-19 concerns.

Meanwhile, the Colts have an even bigger hole at starting left tackle, where longtime veteran bookend Anthony Castonzo retired on Tuesday.

Insert ‘Leatherwood,’ which simply screams of a great football last name.

The 6’6”, 312 pound senior left tackle appeared in 48 collegiate games for the Crimson Tide, having made 41 consecutive starts.

He anchored the left side of this year’s National Champion Crimson Tide.

The 2x National Champion offensive lineman was also a 2x First-Team All-SEC member, Second-Team All-SEC member, unanimous All-American, and was a recipient of both the Outland Trophy and the Jacobs Blocking Trophy respectively.

Here’s the scouting scoop on Leatherwood:

The Colts presumably have to come away with a top offensive tackle prospect early on this late April’s NFL Draft—as there are rarely proven starting caliber left tackle free agents available in the offseason.

The franchise does not have a viable internal option to replace Castonzo at this juncture, and Leatherwood sounds like he’d be a solid pick in the second round at their current spot.

These two highly touted SEC prospects would obviously fill some critical needs for the Colts this offseason, but it wouldn’t surprise me either if the Colts select a left tackle even earlier than Round 2 in the upcoming NFL Draft.