It’s time to talk draft Indianapolis Colts fans . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.
by Nat L. Faybian • Senior Writer • @natlfaybian • nlfmockdraft.com • March 8, 2019 • Updated: April 8, 2019
The Colts have some holes to fill, but they have plenty of cap space and eight draft picks. They should be able to re-load for 2019 without any problems. The good news is that their off-seasons needs match up fairly well with what’s available in the draft. Andrew Luck may have benefited most from the 2018 arrival of head coach Frank Reich – a former quarterback himself. Look for Luck to have even better numbers in this second year under the new coach.
2019 draft picks
*Indicates Compensatory Pick.
- Inside Linebacker
- Defensive Tackle
- Defensive End
- Tight End
- Wide Receiver
The Colts have gone a good job protecting Luck in the pocket, now they have to get him some weapons to work with. Don’t be surprised if they take a WR in the first two rounds. They need someone to step up and play opposite T.Y. Hilton, plus they need some depth. Most teams play with three receivers, so why wouldn’t the Colts have three starters on their roster. Tight End Eric Ebron was the bright spot on the offense, but they might pick up an inline blocker in the draft too.
The Colts look solid against the run last year, but they’ll need to add some pieces to the backfield. Look for them to draft a safety in the middle rounds. And upgrade at corner is also needed, but look for them to bring in someone with experience to come along side the young talent there.
Prospects to watch
N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
At 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, Harry looks the part. He’s tall. He’s fast. Physically, he’s chiseled. Has strong hands to grab the contested balls. Like Metcalf, he’s still raw and has a lot of potential to build upon. Was a good return man at ASU.
Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
Fant was the pre-season favorite to be the top TE in the draft, that is until his teammate came on like a freight train. But at the combine, Fant made a statement by running 4.5 forty, had a 6.81 3-cone, and an 11-49 90-yard shuttle – all best in his position group. That kind of athleticism goes early in the draft.
Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
Love is a nice combination of size and speed. He’s a corner that’s not afraid to mix it up and hits more like a safety. He is capable of hanging with most all receivers. In fact, he defended 20 passes last year. His is projected to be a second round pick.
Josh Miller, CB, Ball State
A seasoned starter, Miller has played in 33 games in three years for the Ball State Cardinals. In his career, he logged over 100 solo tackles, had 27 passed defended and four interceptions.
Players to Watch: ILB Curtis Akins, Memphis; TE Keno Dillon, Oregon; ILB Drew Lewis, Colorado; ILB Justin Phillips, Oklahoma State; TE Matt Sokol, Michigan State; DT Kevin Wilkins, Rutgers; and CB Jordan Wyatt, SMU.
General Manager: Chris Ballard | Head Coach: Frank Reich| Offensive Coordinator: Nick Sirianni | Defensive Coordinator: Matt Eberflus
Recent Top Draft selections:
2018: R1 Quenton Nelson OG | R2 Darius Leonard LB
2017: R1 Malik Hooker S | R2 Quincy Williams CB
2016: R1 Ryan Kelly C | R3 T.J. Green S
2015: R1 Phillip Dorsett WR | R3 D’Joun Smith CB