The Indianapolis Colts hold the third overall draft pick after finishing the 2017 NFL season with a 4-12 record. They’re already set with a franchise Quarterback in Andrew Luck, so with several other options available, just what do the Colts do at the NFL Draft in April?
Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State
You can make the argument that the Colts haven’t had a prolific edge rusher since Dwight Freeney left. I actually thought that Bjoern Werner could have been an eventual replacement for frenzy when he was drafted in 2013, but it never worked out. General manager Chris Ballard could look to revamp a poor pass rush if Bradley Chubb is available.
Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
The Colts ran the ball well with Frank Gore, but now he’s expected to move on. If Indianapolis wants to find long-term success, they’ll have to re-establish their running game. In the right situation, I believe that Saquon Barkley could be as good as Leonard Fournette, Kareem Hunt, and Alvin Kamara were this year, and this Colts team could be that perfect situation for him.
Offensive Line Help
Protecting QB Andrew Luck has to be a priority for the Colts this season. Ryan Grigson was fired as General Manager prior to last season due in part for his failures to protect Luck. I have Texas OT Connor Williams as the best available option on the board, but don’t be shocked if they opt to go with an interior lineman in Quenton Nelson or Will Hernandez.
Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
Opening up the passing game and taking coverage off of T.Y. Hilton will likely be a priority for the next Head Coach of the Colts, which is reported to be offered to Patriots OC Josh McDaniels. Calvin Ridley is one of my favorite receivers that I’ve scouted in a long time, which could be just what QB Andrew Luck needs.
Move Back In The Draft
With several teams looking for a franchise Quarterback, Chris Ballard could look to move out of the third spot and acquire additional draft picks. It isn’t the sexiest option available, but it could be the right one for the Indianapolis Colts to start winning again.