With ‘Paye Day’ yesterday, the Indianapolis Colts still have a number of positions to address—especially when it comes to starting left tackle.
Fortunately for the Colts, there are a number of top ‘Tier 2-Tier 3’ offensive tackles still available as of now entering Day 2—as Indianapolis holds the 54th overall pick in the second round (and is currently without a 3rd round pick from the Carson Wentz trade).
That being said, Colts general manager Chris Ballard has already said the franchise won’t force the issue at starting left tackle—if there are better available players at other positions.
That means that positions like wide receiver, cornerback, tight end, etc. are still very much in play here for Indianapolis.
Knowing all of this, here are some intriguing top prospects still available for the Colts ahead of ‘Day 2’:
Tyson Campbell, CB Georgia
Weight: 193 pounds
RAS [Relative Athletic Score]: 7.57
29 tackles (20 solo), 2.5 tackles for loss, an interception, and 5 passes defensed during 10 starts.
Campbell is a long, athletic cornerback with excellent speed who at times, makes it look pretty easy in coverage. He fits the prototype that the Colts covet physically at cornerback.
However, he doesn’t offer much in terms of turnovers as far as ball skills, and while willing, he could get more consistent in run support as a tackler.
Samuel Cosmi, OT Texas
Weight: 314 pounds
RAS [Relative Athletic Score]: 9.90
8 starts at left tackle.
First-Team All-Big 12
Cosmi is one of the most athletic offensive tackles in this year’s draft class, as a superb pass protector with quick feet, powerful grip strength, and the ability to mirror pass rushers move-for-move.
While displaying toughness as a run blocker, Cosmi isn’t going to push defenders—like other potential road graders in this draft class.
Instead, he uses his fundamentally sound technique and angles to wall off defenders. There’s also some questions of whether he plays as athletic on the football field, as he tested at his recent Pro Day.
Liam Eichenberg, OT Notre Dame
Weight: 306 pounds
Arms: 32 3/8”
RAS [Relative Athletic Score]: 8.53
12 starts at left tackle.
Jacobs Blocking Award, Consensus All-American, First-Team All-ACC
Eichenberg has been a rock solid starting left tackle for the Fighting Irish over the past three seasons. While he won’t ‘wow’ you athletically (and has slightly short arms), he tested better than expected at his Pro Day and has all of the makings of a starting caliber offensive tackle.
The issue is whether that’ll be at left or right tackle going forward though at the pro ranks.
The Colts selected Quenton Nelson from Eichenberg’s alma mater, and there were rumors that they had targeted McGlinchey in a trade earlier this offseason—another former Fighting Irish offensive line standout. The Colts could have some affinity for Notre Dame o-line products for a power program that’s produced some really sound ones recently.
Eichenberg isn’t sexy, but if he could have a distinguished pro career similar to former New England Patriots left tackle, All-Pro Matt Light (the 48th pick of the 2001 NFL Draft), would anyone here complain?
Teven Jenkins, OT Oklahoma State
Weight: 317 pounds
Arms: 33 1/2”
RAS [Relative Athletic Score]: 9.74
7 starts (one at left tackle, six at right tackle)
First-Team All-Big 12
Jenkins is an athletic offensive tackle with powerful hands and quick feet laterally, who’s the most physical bookend in this year’s draft class. He has sheer brute strength, as he can simply move opposing defenders and then loves finishing them off into the turf.
With slightly shorter arms, the issue with Jenkins is if he can successfully transition to left tackle at the pro ranks or if he should be considered more of a starting right tackle in the NFL.
Walker Little, OT Stanford
Weight: 313 pounds
Arms: 33 3/4”
RAS [Relative Athletic Score]: 8.91
Walker Little could be a potential sleeper at offensive tackle, as having not played football in two seasons, there just isn’t as much buzz/film on him. Still, when he played and was fully healthy in 2018 for Stanford, he was First-Team All-Pac 12 as a sophomore.
Little is athletic with solid footwork and quickness, who could withstand to get a bit stronger at the point of attack. He’s a natural fit in the Colts’ zone blocking scheme.
Coincidentally, Little’s uncle, Jack Little, was an offensive tackle selected in the 5th round of the 1953 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts and played two pro seasons for the Horseshoe—making 12 starts.
Terrace Marshall Jr., WR LSU
Weight: 205 pounds
Arms: 32 3/4”
RAS [Relative Athletic Score]: 9.76
48 receptions for 731 receiving yards (15.2 ypr. abg.) and 10 touchdown receptions during 7 starts.
Marshall is big, fast, and athletic wideout, who excels as a downfield threat and red zone target. The former LSU standout can work on concentration and fine tuning his routes at the next level, and there remains some lingering concerns over the injury status of his knee(s).
Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB Syracuse
Weight: 205 pounds
Arms: 32 1/4”
RAS [Relative Athletic Score]: 9.7
54 tackles (43 solo), 3.0 tackles for loss, a sack, an interception, and 6 passes defensed during 10 starts.
While he can get stiff in man coverage, Melifonwu fits the Colts’ ideal zone prototype at cornerback with size, length, and ball skills—and as a physical and willing run defender.
He’s an incredibly athletic cornerback, who could play along the outside and be moved to safety on certain nickel packages.
Trevon Moehrig, S TCU
Weight: 200 pounds
Arms: 30 5/8”
RAS [Relative Athletic Score]: 7.37
47 tackles (30 solo), 2 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, and 9 passes defensed during 10 starts.
Jim Thorpe Award, First-Team All-Big 12
Moehrig has good size, speed, and centerfield range as more of a natural free safety in coverage—with exceptional ball skills and tracking.
He has versatility in the back of any NFL secondary—with slot experience.
Adding Moehrig as the Colts’ reliable (and upgraded) third safety would allow for Khari Willis to continue to play closer to the line of scrimmage.
He could also provide differing looks in their secondary. However, he needs to work on his angles in pursuit of the football and overall tackling at the next level.
Elijah Moore, WR Ole Miss
Weight: 178 pounds
Arms: 30 1/8”
RAS [Relative Athletic Score]: 8.68
86 receptions for 1,193 receiving yards (13.9 ypr. avg.) and 8 touchdown receptions during 8 starts.
Moore is an undersized fast and elusive wideout, who projects to be a natural slot at the next level. He’s incredibly quick, fairly polished as a route runner, and can generate big plays down the field. However, he can struggle with press coverage, length, and fighting for the football against bigger/longer defensive backs.
Rondale Moore, WR Purdue
Weight: 181 pounds
Arms: 28 1/4”
RAS [Relative Athletic Score]: 9.32
35 receptions for 270 receiving yards (7.7 ypr. avg.) and 6 receiving touchdowns; 6 carries for 32 rushing yards (5.3 ypr. avg.) and a touchdown during 3 starts.
As a big-play threat, Moore is an undersized wideout, most natural in the slot, who excels in space and after the catch where he can utilize his elite speed, burst, and elusiveness with the football in his hands.
As a dynamic playmaker on the field, Moore is an electric threat to take it to the house anytime he touches the football and can be utilized in a variety of ways offensively.
He’s fearless over the middle of the field and in tracking the football as a receiver.
That being said, Moore’s route tree was limited at Purdue, and there are ongoing concerns regarding his durability—having simply not played much football over the past two seasons.
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB/S Notre Dame
Weight: 221 pounds
RAS [Relative Athletic Score]: 8.71
62 tackles (42 solo), 11.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 1 interception, 3 passes defensed, 2 fumble recoveries (1 touchdown return), and 3 forced fumbles during 12 starts.
Butkus Award, Unanimous All-American, ACC Defensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-ACC
‘JOK’ is a dynamic playmaking hybrid linebacker/safety with range, energy, explosiveness, and the ability to lay big hits. He has tremendous versatility and is a bit of a ‘swiss army knife’ at the second level of a defense.
He has experience at linebacker, safety, and slot corner.
JOK could be a bit redundant—with his best position at arguably the ‘Will’ linebacker spot occupied by Colts’ All-Pro Darius Leonard.
That being said, he could play as a hybrid linebacker/safety in nickel packages (closer to the line of scrimmage)—and the NFL is already a passing league, and quickly becoming a ‘sub-package’ league, where a defense needs three good linebackers/safeties in coverage.
The Colts could use him as a ‘chess piece of sorts’, and JOK’s arrival would be a way to make the Indianapolis defense more dynamic—with added wrinkles. Anytime, you can add a playmaker, you do it and find creative ways to get him on the field later.
Plus, it helps that JOK can be utilized as a ‘wild card’ blitzer from time-to-time.
Still, he can play a bit out of control at times, so his NFL team will have to reel him in a bit.
Dillon Radunz, OT North Dakota State
Weight: 301 pounds
RAS [Relative Athletic Score]: 9.28
1 start (season postponed due to COVID-19 concerns)
Radunz is an athletic, long-armed offensive tackle with exceptional movement skills, toughness, and effective hands in pass blocking. The issues with Radunz are whether he projects to be more of a natural offensive guard at the next level, and that there have been some questions regarding his overall practice habits.
Otherwise, he has the potential to become a rock solid starting left tackle.
Asante Samuel Jr., CB Florida State
Weight: 180 pounds
Arms: 30 1/8”
RAS [Relative Athletic Score]: 7.46
30 tackles (22 solo), a tackle for loss, 3 interceptions, 6 passes defensed, a forced fumble, and 2 fumble recoveries in 8 starts.
Possessing great football bloodlines from his father, Samuel Jr. is fluid in coverage with some speed, smooth hips, change of direction ability, instincts, and ball skills—and isn’t afraid to attack the football downhill as a willing run defender.
His lack of size and length have hurt his chance to be a first round pick, but he plays with a ‘dawg mentality’ out there and was incredibly productive for the Seminoles—possessing an incredibly high football I.Q.
Tommy Tremble, TE Notre Dame
Weight: 241 pounds
Arms: 31 7/8”
RAS [Relative Athletic Score]: 8.90
19 receptions for 218 receiving yards (11.5 ypr. avg.) during 10 games.
All-ACC honorable mention.
The athletic Fighting Irish tight end has already shown the ability to be an impact blocker on the field and is developing as a pass catcher—being underutilized as a receiver collegiately.
Tremble has the potential to be a dynamic over the middle of the field threat eventually—with the talent to work all three levels of a defense and split the seam of a secondary.
In a weak tight end draft class, Tremble is one of the few early options who makes sense for the Colts—as their new ‘move’ tight end.
It’s just a matter of whether they want to spend their second round pick (having no third round pick) on a tight end—which may not be completely necessary in head coach Frank Reich’s tight end ‘friendly’ offense/scheme.