Thursday, August 27, 2020

Indianapolis Colts NFL Mock Draft Roundup, 2.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our Indianapolis Colts Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Indianapolis Colts from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

For a more inclusive lists of mock drafts for the Indianapolis Colts, check out our 2021 Indianapolis Colts Mock Draft Database.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Colts:

Rotoworld - Thor Nystrom (8/21)

26. Jamie Newman, QB, Georgia

Newman is a really intriguing talent, and arguably the current leader of the second tier of QB prospects behind the Lawrence-Fields-Lance trio. Newman is stoutly built and eats down the field, with PFF passing grades of 90+ on balls thrown 20+ yards downfield in all three directions. He's also athletic enough to do damage outside of the pocket, where he's a load to tackle.

PFF - Mike Renner (8/19)

25. Marvin Wilson, IDL, Florida State

The Colts used last year's first-rounder to acquire DeForest Buckner, but that won't fix their defensive interior completely overnight. Wilson can be a pocket-pusher from the nose tackle position and has earned an overall grade of 90.0 or higher in each of the past two seasons.

The Draft Network - Kyle Crabbs (8/19)

23. Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State

The Colts probably regret missing out on Campbell a bit, as he seems to be their "type" at cornerback between adding Pierre Desir, Rock Ya-Sin and Xavier Rhodes over the past few offseasons. But with Desir off the roster and Rhodes looking like a shell of himself, more is needed at corner. Wade has outside potential and a proven track record inside in the slot -- but regardless he's physical and super athletic.

Pro Football Network - Oliver Hodgkinson (8/16)

22. Elijah Molden, CB, Washington

The Indianapolis Colts haven't won the AFC South since 2014. If they are to challenge for divisional honors consistently, they will need to address several areas in the 2021 NFL Draft. Quarterback will be obvious consideration with Philip Rivers on a one-year deal, but the Colts could also use upgrades at cornerback and safety. Wide receiver T.Y Hilton is one of several big names that will be out of a contract at the end of 2020.

A lack of size and deep speed may impact how some evaluators rate his 2021 NFL Draft stock, but there is no doubt that Elijah Molden has the production to be a first-round prospect. An inspection of his tape shows a cornerback who has the ball skills, coverage ability, and versatility that will translate well to the NFL level. Molden isn't afraid to do the dirty work either, leading Washington in tackles in 2019.

ESPN - Todd McShay (8/12)

20. Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State

Freiermuth is the top tight end prospect available, and the Colts love their tight ends. Jack Doyle is a reliable target, but he's 30 years old, and his 6.2 yards per target ranked 32nd out of 38 tight ends with at least 40 of them last year. Trey Burton can't stay on the field and hasn't been productive enough when he is out there. So Freiermuth immediately steps into a role where he could flourish. Indianapolis could also look at offensive tackle, edge rushing and cornerback depth at this point, and of course, it must cross the "Who is our quarterback?" bridge, with only fourth-rounder Jacob Eason under contract beyond this season (I don't have another quarterback ranked high enough to make sense here, though trading up for Lance could be in play).

The Draft Network - Jordan Reid (8/10)

25. Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State

The Colts need help in the secondary, but don't see the value going with a cornerback here. Instead, they go with a bit of a luxury pick and solidify the tight end spot. Jack Doyle seems like a long-term piece and with Trey Burton unable to stay healthy since exiting Philadelphia and now on a one-year deal, Chris Ballard goes with a high upside option in Freiermuth. The Colts were a team that was in the top-10 of using 12-personnel (two tight ends). With two versatile options in both the passing and running game, it helps expand that package even more.

Pro Football Network - Matthew Valdovinos (8/9)

22. Patrick Jones II, EDGE, Pittsburgh

I have the same dilemma with the Colts as I do with the Titans. The roster is so well built that it's hard to pinpoint where they would go in the NFL Draft. EDGE seems like the most logical answer as Justin Houston is on the wrong side of 30, and Ben Banogu hasn't gotten much playing time to this point in his career.

Kemoko Turay is another talented EDGE on the team, but I can see a reality where both Banogu and Turay struggle to develop, in which case the Colts take my top-ranked edge rusher: Patrick Jones. Jones has great physical tools, but unlike Rousseau is relatively well developed as a pass rusher.

The Draft Network - Joe Marino (8/3)

25. Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia

Rock Ya-Sin has a chance to be an answer at one corner spot, but the Colts are relying on Xavier Rhodes to lock down the other outside spot, which is risky business and he's surely not a long-term solution. While Kenny Moore II is one of the best slot corners in the game, Indianapolis still needs an answer outside.

Tyson Campbell is long, sudden, fluid, and sticky in coverage. In addition, Campbell showcases the physicality that the Colts have gravitated toward in its defensive backs.

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