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Colts 2020 Draft: Looking Back a Year Later

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The 2020 NFL draft gave us some very talented players, and some are going to be superstars for years to come. Many teams were able to capitalize and improve. At the top of that list is the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts 2020 draft class was one of the best in the league. Chris Ballard has done a fantastic job with this roster, and the 2020 draft class is a great example of that. The Colts’ future is bright as the 2020 class looks like a solid group of players for years to come.

Colts 2020 Draft Review

We’ll start a month before the draft on March 18th, when the Colts traded the 13th overall pick to the San Francisco 49ers for DeForest Buckner. The Colts traded out of the first round, however, they would still make their selection at pick 34. This is significant however as Buckner was a major force for the Colts defensive line. Either way, they nailed it during the Colts 2020 draft.

2.34 | Michael Pittman Jr. | WR | USC

The first pick in the Colts 2020 Draft was Michael Pittman Jr. Pittman was one of the most underrated receivers in this class and has great downfield ability. The Colts took a chance on him and it paid off. While he missed the beginning of the season due to injury and was only able to start in eight games, Pittman was still effective. In 13 total games played, Pittman caught 40 passes for 503 yards and one touchdown.

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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – NOVEMBER 29: Michael Pittman Jr #11 of the Indianapolis Colts against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 29, 2020, in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

While these numbers don’t necessarily jump off the page, the impact he made was huge for this offense. He has the potential to be a great starter next season. In a full 16 game season, it will be interesting to see what Pittman can do. This was the start of a great Colts 2020 draft class and Pittman has turned out to be a great first pick so far.

2.41 | Jonathan Taylor | RB | Wisconsin

This selection was a little bit of a surprise due to the Colts having some success in the running back room in 2019. Marlon Mack was a 1000 yard rusher and Nyheim Hynes is the ultimate gadget player. And yet, at pick 41 the Colts took Jonathan Taylor. Given how far Taylor had fallen and how talented he is, it seemed like a perfect match. Taylor blossomed into a bell-cow running back and put together a great rookie season. He exploded onto the scene with over 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns. Taylor now looks like a future star and is yet another slam dunk pick for the Colt 2020 draft.

3.81 | Julian Blackmon| S | Utah

The first defensive player taken in the Colts 2020 draft class was talented safety, Julian Blackmon. He got off to a slow start this season but quickly turned it around, gathering 42 tackles, three for a loss, two interceptions, six passes defended, and a forced fumble. These numbers don’t seem all that impressive on the surface, however, Blackmon was much better than his stats say. He made a big impact in every game and is only 22 years old. The Colts expect Blackmon to develop into a great player. The front office went three for three on their first three picks in the Colts 2020 draft and have potentially solidified themselves a great future.

4.122 | Jacob Eason | QB | Washington

Jacob Eason may have been the first miss of the Colts 2020 draft. It’s hard to call Eason a miss because he didn’t play much in 2020 and was inactive for most of the season. The Colts were hoping to see him maybe develop into a nice player but with Carson Wentz now in the fold, Eason may have settle for third string. I won’t call this pick a miss, but it’s not looking good. This could be the worst of the Colts 2020 draft picks if his career plays out how it is projecting to.

5.149 | Danny Pinter | OL | Ball State

Another great pick for the Colts 2020 draft here. Danny Pinter was not a flashy pick but was an important one. Pinter only started one game but played in 13 as a depth lineman. He provided great depth at the guard position and should be able to grow into a valuable and reliable sixth offensive lineman. In this day and age, it’s an important part of any team. So the 2020 Colts draft presses on, with another great pick in the fifth round.

6.193 | Robert Windsor | DL | Penn State

This pick was more for depth for Indianapolis as Robert Windsor played in just two games this season and only recorded two tackles. He also spent some time on the practice squad and will need to prove he can make the 53 man roster.

With a strong defensive line rotation in Indy, it might be tough for Windsor to see significant snaps early on. His career will be an interesting one as it’s tough to predict what the Colts do with him moving forward.

6.211 | Isaiah Rodgers | DB | Massachusetts

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the front office made another good pick during the Colts 2020 draft. While Isaiah Rodgers didn’t see the field much on defense he made a big impact on special teams and was a huge contributor in the return game. Rodgers averaged 28 yards a return and even ran one back 101 yards to the house. Rodgers did have seven tackles but projects to be a nice special teams player for the Colts moving forward. The Colts 2020 draft continues to be strong.

6.212 | Dezmon Patton | WR | Washington State

Dezmon Patton played only one game for the Colts this season and played on two snaps in that game. Patton is just 22 years old and has the ideal size to be an outside receiver in the NFL but has yet to breakthrough. He has some upside but will need some time to develop. Patton is far from a miss but has an uphill battle to become considered a top selection from the Colts 2020 draft.

6.213 | Jordan Glasgow | LB | Michigan

The Colts picked three times in a row in the sixth round of the 2020 draft. The final pick for the Colts 2020 draft was Jordan Glasgow from Michigan. Glasgow played in 13 games for the Colts on special teams and recorded nine tackles. He has great special teams upside and for where he was selected, should be considered a fantastic pick.

Conclusion

Looking back on the Colts 2020 draft, we see how strong it really was. Three top picks who are going to be impact starters and some fantastic depth on top of it. This class could go down as one of the best in the NFL. And gives the Colts some great players to build around.

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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – SEPTEMBER 29: An Indianapolis Colts helmet on the field in the game against the Oakland Raiders at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 29, 2019, in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

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