The Indianapolis Colts remain one of the NFL’s most interesting teams. They draft well, are smart with their money, and know how to win. But as with every team, they still have holes to fill. As it remains NFL Mock Draft season, I try and help the Colts continue to compete in the AFC.
Indianapolis Colts 2021 NFL Mock Draft: Day One
1.21| Greg Newsome | CB | Northwestern
The Colts defense is already great, and adding a player like Greg Newsome makes it even better. They add a corner with high upside who can start day one opposite Xavier Rhodes and Kenny Moore. You could argue for a few different positions here but the value of Greg Newsome at this spot is almost unmatched. This defense should be even better next season. Newsome has struggled to stay healthy but when he is on the field, he’s a lockdown corner. He has great ball skills, length, and man coverage ability. He would be a great player for the Colts to add.
Indianapolis Colts 2021 NFL Mock Draft: Day Two
2.54 | Jalen Mayfield | OT | Michigan
Over the past few seasons, the Colts have put together one of the best offensive lines in football. This past offseason though, starting left tackle Anthony Castonzo retired. Jalen Mayfield instantly provides the Colts an athletic high ceiling tackle to replace him. Mayfield is still a raw prospect and will need time to develop into a great player, but he would be a good option on the left side of the line.
The Colts could also slide him inside to guard and allow Quenton Nelson to play left tackle. This gives the team five good linemen that they can play with. When it comes to the offensive line it’s about playing your 5 best players, and Mayfield would be one of them.
Indianapolis Colts 2021 NFL Mock Draft: Day Three
4.127 | Dez Fitzpatrick | WR | Louisville
The Colts were able to retain TY Hilton in free agency but could still use some more talent in the wide receiver room. Hilton will be 32 and is only on a one-year deal. The Colts could use a player like Dez Fitzpatrick. He is a similar player to Michael Pittman Jr., he does not possess elite speed but finds a way to get open and has great hands. The Colts might want to add speed at this pick and would have players who would provide that. But Fitzpatrick is a great option here regardless. As a bonus, NFL draft experts compare him to Zach Pascal, so you know the Colts would have some interest.
5.165 | Jonathon Cooper | DE | Ohio State
As we move into the fifth round of this NFL mock draft, we start to look for depth. Jonathon Cooper could be a nice player for the Colts to add. He is a pass-rushing specialist and would be a good rotational part of the Colts defensive line. He doesn’t add a lot in terms of run-stopping but can get to the quarterback. The Colts add great depth to the d-line here.
6.206 | Paris Ford | S | Pittsburgh
In the sixth round of this NFL Mock draft, the Colts select Pittsburgh safety, Paris Ford. Ford played in both safety spots for the Panthers last season and has a lot of upside. The Colts found their strong safety of the future last season in Julian Blackmon and can maybe retain Malik Hooker to remain at free safety.
Ford has the tools to develop into a starting player. However, he was inconsistent last season, and flashes of bad play really hurt his value. If he can take the tools he has and use them well, he could be a steal at this spot.
7.248 | Paddy Fisher | LB | Northwestern
In the seventh round, the Colts double-dip on Northwestern Wildcats and select linebacker Paddy Fisher. Fisher adds great depth to the colts linebacker room and is a good locker room guy. He isn’t a great player and might not contribute early, but he is a good tackler and getting any value from a seventh-round player is a win.
Indianapolis Colts 2021 NFL Mock Draft Recap
That concludes this NFL Mock draft with the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts are right on the edge of being contenders and are one good draft away from getting there. I think this draft would be huge for the team and could allow them to finally break through in the conference.
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