Up to this point, I have been offering different options for the Indianapolis Colts’ 2017 NFL Draft picks. Throughout my previous four mock drafts, I have not been repeating picks. However, now it is time to get closer to reality. Not only are all players available, but we introduce a trade.
Colts and Denver Broncos exchange the following:
- Colts get 1:20, 3:82 and 6:177
- Broncos get: 1:15
The trade matches draft slot point values dictated by the NFL Draft Trade Value Chart. Right now, the Broncos have 10 picks in the draft. They always seem to be consistent movers throughout the draft. They could want to move into the mid-teens to pick up a running back like Dalvin Cook, Christian McCaffrey or Joe Mixon, or perhaps they would want an offensive lineman like Forrest Lamp, Garrett Bolles or Cam Robinson.
Round 1, Pick 20
Quincy Wilson | Cornerback | Florida | 6-1, 211 pounds
Wilson is a pest of a cornerback for opposing receivers. He has great length and enough speed to keep up with his assignments. He has also displayed good ball skills. The Colts need to add somebody to the top of their group of cornerbacks, as 2016 starter Patrick Robinson was released this spring. Vontae Davis and Rashaan Melvin need a running mate. There is not much competition among the Colts’ current crop of cornerbacks, so this injects some quality right away.
Round 2, Pick 46
Tyus Bowser | Edge Defender/Inside Linebacker | Houston | 6-3, 247 pounds
Bowser’s cup is filled to the brim with potential. At Houston, he was not just an outside pass-rusher, but he also dropped into coverage quite often and played the run. The Colts could ultimately decide that they are better off with him as an inside linebacker. But, with his speed and athleticism, he needs to get a shot as an edge defender first. How well the Colts are able to develop young edge defenders will depend on how long they keep players like Jabaal Sheard, John Simon and Akeem Ayers around. Though all three are good players, ideally, a young player like Bowser would rise to the top within a couple of years.
Round 3, Pick 80
Marcus Maye | Safety | Florida | 6-0, 210 pounds
Maye is about as safe of a safety prospect that you can find on Day 2 or later of this draft. The Colts could use a little bit of “safety” among their group, as age (both old and young), durability and inexperience are their big question marks. Maye is able to do a little bit of everything – play deep, in the box and in the nickel. If you roll back the clock 15 years, you’ve got yourself a younger version of Mike Adams.
Round 3, Pick 82
Isaac Asiata | Offensive Guard | Utah | 6-3, 323 pounds
Within the confines of the line of scrimmage, Asiata is a mauler. He is not going to be much of a downfield blocker, but he will be able to open up running lanes at the point of attack. He is also able to keep interior pass-rushers at bay, which would be a welcome trait. The Colts may already have their starting five offensive linemen in place, but they are going to keep adding as much quality competition as they can. Asiata would bring that, and could potentially even win a starting spot as a rookie.
Round 4, Pick 121
Jourdan Lewis | Cornerback | Michigan | 5-10, 188 pounds
Lewis is more of a second-round prospect, but due to his lack of ideal size for the position as well as a reported domestic violence incident last month, a drop is realistic. The Colts have had Lewis in for one of their top-30 visits. The Colts, led by GM Chris Ballard, are not the type of team to scratch a player from their board at the first sign of trouble. This visit was likely to make sure they got to know Lewis and find out if they trust him. His tape already speaks for itself, as it has “early-round pick” written all over it.
Round 4, Pick 137
Brian Hill | Running Back | Wyoming | 6-1, 219 pounds
If the Colts decide not to address running back early on with the likes of Cook, McCaffrey, Mixon or Alvin Kamara, they can pick up a starting-level back in the middle rounds. There was reported interest about the Colts and Hill around the Combine. For good reason, as Hill is capable of being an every-down back and could take over seamlessly for Frank Gore, full-time, in 2018.
Round 4, Pick 144
Dawuane Smoot | Edge Defender | Illinois | 6-3, 264 pounds
Smoot might have some of the most inconsistent draft stock reports in this draft. Some believe he could be picked in the late second or early third round, and some believe that he should go Round 5 or later. Smoot is sort of a victim of his surroundings from Illinois, as is fellow edge rusher Carroll Phillips. The Illini coaches did not put much emphasis on run support for Smoot and Phillips, and because of it, it makes them look like one-trick ponies. Smoot is a quality pass-rusher on tape, and the Colts have decided to look further as well. Smoot was one of 20-plus participants in their local pro day on April 12.
Round 5, Pick 158
Jordan Evans | Inside Linebacker | Oklahoma | 6-2, 233 pounds
If you are putting together a list of possible steals from the 2017 draft, be sure to put Evans on your watch list. He was a productive starter over the last three years for the Sooners, compiling 269 tackles (20.5 for loss) in that time. He also had 4 interceptions (2 returned for touchdowns) in 2016 alone, which is a huge cherry on top. Teams will want to see him get stronger and show more attitude, but his speed and measurables make him an appealing take. The Colts can get by with what they’ve got at inside linebacker in 2017, with Sean Spence, Edwin Jackson and Antonio Morrison. If Evans needs more time to develop, he could be ready to go as a full-time starter in 2018.
Round 6, Pick 177
Treyvon Hester | Defensive Tackle | Toledo | 6-2, 304 pounds
Hester was injured during the Combine, so his stock is late to rise. However, he had a workout for teams last week and drew a crowd. His numbers at his workout rivaled that of any interior defensive lineman at the Combine, so if his surgically-repaired labrum checks out with teams, he will continue to draw interest. Hester is capable of contributing both against the run and in the passing game. With the Colts letting Zach Kerr walk in free agency this offseason, Hester would be a terrific replacement.
Jake Arthur is the AFC South Division Manager, Indianapolis Colts Team Manager, Assistant Director of NFL Content and a Featured Analyst for Pro Football Spot. He is also a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. Follow @JakeArthurPFS on Twitter as well as on Facebook. Check out his other work HERE.