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Colts Benefit From Kirk Cousins Going To Minnesota

In recent days, the potential trade packages for the Colts and the No. 3 overall pick have strengthened a bit. Why?

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INDIANAPOLIS – Paying attention to the domino that was Kirk Cousins and his next stop in the NFL was something the Colts should have been watching.

 

Seeing Cousins sign with the Vikings on Thursday is a great thing for the Colts.

 

Why?

 

Because it keeps the teams many expected to trade up for a quarterback in the draft still in play (see below), while Cousins---the top FA quarterback---is now off the board to a team that was never likely to trade all the way up to No. 3 overall.

 

Cousins heading to Minnesota and Buffalo moving up to the No. 12 overall pick earlier this week has added to the trade intrigue for the Colts come late April.

 

When the Colts get on the clock come April 26, with the No. 3 overall pick, they are surely going to have their phones ringing.

 

Teams are going to be clamoring to trade up with the Colts, especially if only one QB or none have been taken with the first two picks.

 

It’s something that Chris Ballard will definitely be listening to.

 

You have to weigh it,” Ballard says of taking a player like Bradley Chubb at No. 3 overall or trading back to try and fill the abundance of needs on the roster. “Versus the player or players you might take, versus the picks you are going to acquire and who is going to be there. If you trade back and you say, well look there’s only 15 or 16 first-round players, actual first-round players, is it worth trading back for these extra picks?

 

“And then the player you are going to take, is he a difference maker to where it doesn’t matter if this one guy is going to make that much of a difference for our football team, versus 3 guys?”

 

Of course, the Colts are going to have to weigh taking a guy like Chubb at No. 3 overall or trying to fill the quantity of needs they have with acquiring more picks in the first 3 rounds.

 

Here is a look at some possible trades the Colts might see (when only giving up the No. 3 pick) with QB-needy teams behind them:

 

-Broncos (5th overall): Colts receive the 5th pick, the 40th pick

-Jets (6th overall): Colts receive the 6th pick, 37th pick, 107th pick

-Dolphins (11th overall): Colts receive the 11th pick, the 42nd pick, 73rd pick, 2019 2nd round pick

-Bills (12th overall): Colts receive the 12th pick, the 22nd pick, 65th pick

-Cardinals (15th overall): Colts receive the 15th pick, the 47th pick, the 79th pick, 2019 2nd round pick, 2019 3rd round pick

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