25 Prospects The Colts Could Draft In Round 2 Or Round 3
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts enter Day Two of the NFL Draft with four picks, after trading back on Thursday night.
On Friday, they will have three second round picks (No. 34, No. 46, No. 59) and then their third round selection (No. 89).
Let’s take a look at 25 prospects the Colts could draft on Friday night:
- WR-J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (Stanford): The analytics people are obsessed with how productive Arcega-Whiteside was at Stanford. But a lack of explosive ability has some a bit worried on if he can translate his 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns from last season to the NFL.
- WR-A.J. Brown (Ole Miss): The Ole Miss wideout has unique body, standing 6-1 and 230 pounds. Brown is Ole Miss’ all-time leading receiver with 2,984 yards and excelled in the slot during college.
- WR-Hakeem Butler (Iowa State): At 6-6 and 225 pounds, Butler looks like a tight end and is a physically imposing weapon. But struggles in the catching department raises some concerns for his draft stock.
- WR-Paris Campbell (Ohio State): Campbell might be the most explosive player in the draft. The former track star has some development needed to become a well-rounded receiver at the next level.
- WR-Kelvin Harmon (NC State): Standing 6-3 and 214 pounds, Harmon uses his frame to win his fair share of 50/50 balls. Harmon had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons at N.C. State.
- WR-D.K. Metcalf (Ole Miss): The Combine freak in Metcalf (6-3, 228 pounds) ran 4.33 in the 40-yard dash and had a 40.5-inch vertical jump. Questions about Metcalf’s ability to run a full route tree are definitely there and likely played into his fall.
- WR-Terry McLaurin (Ohio State): The explosive local product has shot up draft boards in the offseason. His presence on special teams should be immediate in the NFL.
- WR-Deebo Samuel (South Carolina): Compared to the other receivers on the board, Samuel (6-0 and 210 pounds) is one of the smaller wideouts projected to go on Friday. But he was a standout at the Senior Bowl and can even help out in the return game.
- OL-Cody Ford (Oklahoma): A versatile lineman, Ford was projected by some to be a Round One selection. Ford is a powerful lineman with the ability to play guard or tackle.
- OT-Jawaan Taylor (Florida): Some had Taylor (6-5 and 328 pounds) going in the top-10. This is a guy who played both tackle spots as a three-year starter at Florida, but mainly on the right side. Is a knee issue contributing to his fall?
- OT-Dalton Risner (Kansas State): A four-year starter, Risner played all over the line in college, and some think the interior is his best spot in the NFL. Risner was a three-time captain at Kansas State.
- EDGE-Jaylon Ferguson (Louisiana Tech): The 45 sacks from Ferguson in college are eye-popping. But his athletic traits don’t jump off the page for an edge rusher.
- EDGE-Jachai Polite (Florida): A sketchy Combine, on and off the field, has Polite still on the board going into Friday. Polite had 11.0 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss this past season.
- EDGE-Charles Omenihu (Texas): At 6-6 and 274 pounds, Omenihu is one of the longer/bigger edge rushers expected to go on Friday. But it took until his senior season before Omenihu produced at an elite level. He had 18 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks in 2018.
- EDGE-Chase Winovich (Michigan): The Michigan end won’t ‘wow’ you with Combine numbers, but he was an effective rusher in one of college football’s best conferences. Winovich might not have the highest ceiling of other rushers, however his floor is pretty high.
- LB-Mack Wilson (Alabama): Is the former 5-star recruit the next linebacker to go in 2019? Chris Ballard said on Thursday that there are some linebackers the Colts like in the Round 2/3 range.
- CB-Lonnie Johnson (Kentucky): At 6-3 and 203 pounds, Johnson looks more like a safety than a corner. But the desire for bigger corners is there in the NFL and Johnson is definitely that. Johnson was a junior college transfer to the SEC.
- CB-Julian Love (Notre Dame): Love stands only 5-10, but he’s always around the ball in putting together an All-American. The ND product has terrific instincts to help him make up for what he might lack in height and speed.
- CB-Trayvon Mullen (Clemson): The Defensive MVP from Clemson’s National Title victory, Mullen stands 6-1. But there are some questions about his willingness to tackle in the NFL.
- CB-Byron Murphy (Washington): Many thought Murphy would hear his name called in the 20s. Murphy doesn’t have these crazy rare physical attributes, compared to some other corners, but his film and playmaking at corner cannot be overlooked.
- CB-Greedy Williams (LSU): At 6-2 and 185 pounds, Williams was widely thought to be the top corner early in the draft process. Some questions about his tackling pushed him down a bit.
- CB-Rock Ya-Sin (Temple): The 6-1 corner dazzled the All-Star game circuit earlier this year and has moved up draft boards ever since. Ya-Sin played just one season at Temple, transferring in from Presbyterian College.
- S-Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (Florida): The position versatility on Gardner-Johnson is enticing, especially in the pass-happy nature of the NFL. Gardner-Johnson had 9 tackles for loss and 4 interceptions last season.
- S-Amani Hooker (Iowa): The Iowa defensive pipeline could continue with Hooker. Some scouts have compared Hooker to a Tyrann Mathieu in his ability to play a hybrid role.
- S-Taylor Rapp (Washington): Did a 40-yard dash time in the 4.7 range push Rapp out of Round One? That 40-yard dash at Washington’s Pro Day definitely didn’t help him. Rapp is thought to be one of the best tacklers in this draft and a sound ‘strong’ safety.