INDIANAPOLIS NFL DRAFT PLAN OF ATTACK

TEAM NEEDS:
WR, QB, TE, CB, LB, DT

FREE AGENT ACQUISITIONS:
DT DeForest Buckner (trade), OT Anthony Castonzo (re-signed), OL Le’Raven Clark (re-signed), CB Xavier Rhodes, QB Philip Rivers

FREE AGENT LOSSES:
QB Brian Hoyer, WR Devin Funchess, WR Dontrelle Inman, WR Chester Rogers, TE Eric Ebron, OG Joe Haeg, DE Margus Hunt, DE Jabaal Sheard, CB Pierre Desir, S Clayton Geathers, K Adam Vinatieri

ROUND 2 TARGETS:
WR K.J. Hamler, WR Laviska Shenault Jr., WR Michael Pittman Jr., CB Noah Igbinoghene, CB Bryce Hall, CB Damon Arnette, CB Trevon Diggs, G Lloyd Cushenberry III, QB Jalen Hurts, QB Jacob Eason, DT Ross Blacklock, DT Neville Gallimore, DT Marlon Davidson, DT Raekwon Davis, DT Justin Maubuike, TE Cole Kmet, LB Willie Gay Jr.

ROUND 3 TARGETS:
WR Chase Claypool, WR Bryan Edwards, WR Van Jefferson, WR Devin Duvernay, CB Amik Robertson, CB Cameron Dantzler, CB Troy Pride Jr., CB Michael Ojemudia, LB Malik Harrison, LB Troy Dye, QB Jake Fromm, DT Jordan Elliott, DT Leki Fotu, DT Jason Stowbridge, TE Hunter Bryant, TE Albert Okwuegbunam, TE Adam Trautman, TE Thaddeus Moss

PLAN OF ATTACK:

Round 2

The Colts traded their first-round pick to get DeForest Buckner. That was a good move as Buckner can be a force for the Colts in the middle of their defensive line. That move puts getting a young quarterback to be the future the number one priority. The team showed what it thinks of Jacoby Brissett by bringing in Philip Rivers this offseason. They don’t view him as the long term answer and will choose between two young quarterbacks here, Jalen Hurts of Oklahoma and Jacob Eason of Washington. These two prospects are quite a bit different. Eason is a big pocket passer with a rocket arm. Hurts is more of a mobile quarterback who has a strong enough arm but sometimes battles with accuracy. Hurts is a high energy player who has great charisma. Teammates seem to rally around this guy, and that intangible leadership could be what makes him the Colts quarterback of the future.

The Colts have another second round pick and could look to use it to again beef up the middle of their defensive line. While landing Buckner was a home run, they currently have Grover Stewart penciled in next to him. They could look for a talented young defensive tackle to put next to Buckner. They could be looking at players like Ross Blacklock, Neville Gallimore, or Justin Madubuike. Any of these three would be big upgrades over Stewart.

The Colts could also use another pass catcher. They could be looking at Jalen Reagor, Tee Higgins, or K.J. Hamler with their second round pick. They could also bring in a cornerback like Noah Igbinoghene or go with a young tight end like Cole Kmet.

Round 3

In round 3 the Colts could choose to add depth at wide receiver. They could see Bryan Edwards from South Carolina on the board. He’s got a good combination of size and speed. If the team decides to hold off on a pass catcher due to the overall depth of this class, then they could go with a linebacker here. Malik Harrison and Troy Dye would be good options. Harrison is a thumper, while Dye has the speed to chase down ball carriers and stick with receivers in coverage.

If the Colts haven’t gotten a quarterback by the third round they could grab Georgia’s Jake Fromm. Fromm is arguably the smartest quarterback in the Draft and could be ready to see action very early in his career. If the Colts haven’t taken a defensive tackle by this point, they could look at Jordan Elliott or Jason Stowbridge. They could even grab a tight end to pair with Jack Doyle, and consider players like Adam Trautman, or Brycen Hopkins.

PROJECTED PICKS:
Round 2: Jalen Hurts QB, Oklahoma
Round 2: Neville Gallimore DT, Oklahoma
Round 3: Bryan Edwards WR, South Carolina