2019 Colts Mock Draft By Positional Need
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INDIANAPOLIS – Unlike this time last year, the Colts have nowhere near as many pressing needs in the immediacy.
But a draft that leads to several eventual starters is an absolute must for this rebuild to continue in a positive direction.
And some positions are definitely higher on the priority list for the Colts, when assessing the short-term, and the long-term.
So, here is our positional Mock Draft for the Colts in 2019, with this year's draft taking place next week:
- Edge Rusher (Round 1, 26th overall): For a second straight year, this remains the biggest need for the Colts. The reasons for that are because the NFL holds this position in such high demand (and it is so scarce to find it anywhere besides the draft), and the Colts still do not have a definite answer to that when looking ahead a handful of years. Of course, the Mock Drafts do not have a whole bunch of edge rushing bodies in the range the Colts are drafting in Round One.
- Wide Receiver (Round 2, 34th overall): We saw the Colts wait until the 5th round last year before taking a receiver. Even with the Devin Funchess signing, the long-term question remains at receiver, with T.Y. Hilton reaching the age of 30 in 2019. The Kansas City playoff loss confirmed how big of a need this remains for Indianapolis.
- Safety (Round 2, 59th overall): It’s not often you see teams invest majorly in the safety position in 2 of 3 drafts. But it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone if the Colts spend a top two-round draft pick on a safety this week. Clayton Geathers was re-signed to just a one-year deal, and you can’t ignore the injuries that have been there for Malik Hooker the past few years. Safety is a need.
- Left Tackle (Round 3, 89th overall): Some might feel this is a bit high. But you don’t want to forget about this need at such an important position. Anthony Castonzo, 30, is in a contract year. Even if you think Castonzo has 3-4 years left in him, the depth at tackle could still use another young body, with a somewhat premium draft pick.
- Defensive Tackle (Round 4, 129th overall): Even though the Colts drafted a defensive end and a defensive tackle in the 2nd round last year, they could still use some reinforcements this week. The starting defensive line this year could include 4 guys all at least 29 years of age. The future needs to be thought about for a position group that wants to rotate constantly.
- Cornerback (Round 4, 135th overall): You can never have enough cornerbacks and the Colts do have some young options on their roster. But they still did not draft one last year. It would be wise to nab one this week so they do not skip a couple of years without drafting a position that gets tested big time each week in today’s NFL.
- Tight End (Round 5, 164th overall): On paper, tight end is probably the deepest on the team in 2019. But the 2020 outlook is unknown with Jack Doyle and Eric Ebron entering contract years. This is a very deep tight end draft class in 2019, so the Colts would be wise to tap into it at some point.
- Offensive Guard (Round 6, 199th overall): Honestly, from a pure depth standpoint, guard and tackle are probably equal in terms of needing a body. But guard is on more stable ground for the next 3-4 years, than tackle. Drafting two offensive linemen for a second straight year sounds like something Chris Ballard would (and should) do.
- Linebacker (Round 7, 240th overall): This group returns virtually everyone who played meaningful snaps for them in the final two months of the season. But it still doesn’t have a ton of quality/proven depth. The Colts have drafted four linebackers in the past two drafts, so another one in 2019 is by no means a must.