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2021 Indianapolis Colts Draft Recap

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The Indianapolis Colts had an interesting draft that surprised a lot of people with their selections. While they may not have addressed their biggest needs, they ended up taking some very talented players and got great value with their first pick. The draft is over, so here’s your Colts Draft Recap.

Colts Draft Recap: Day One

1.21 | Kwity Paye | EDGE | Michigan

In the first round, the Colts took Michigan defensive end, Kwity Paye. Paye was looked at by some as the best defensive end in this class. The Colts addressed one of their top needs and took a player who will be of great value at the spot he was picked. He also projects to be a starter this season with the departure of Justin Houston. I like this pick for the Colts and think they got better defensively. Not to mention, how great of a story this kid had growing up.

Grade: B+

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – OCTOBER 10: Dayo Odeyingbo #10 of the Vanderbilt Commodores sacks quarterback Collin Hill #15 of the South Carolina Gamecocks during the first half at Vanderbilt Stadium on October 10, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Colts Draft Recap: Day Two

2.55 | Dayo Odeyingbo | EDGE | Vanderbilt

With their only pick on day two, the Colts took another defensive end. This time it was Vanderbilt’s Dayo Odeyingbo. He was a player who had some injury issues as the pre-draft process began. Many thought Odeyingbo would have gone in the first round if not for his torn Achilles earlier this year. The Colts took a shot on his value at this spot and hope he can contribute when he is healthy. Despite the talent, that Odeyingbo brings to the team, I think many people would have expected Indy to take a left tackle. The tackles that were on the board would have been a nice pick to fill the Colts’ biggest hole.

Grade: C+

The Colts used their third pick to acquire Carson Wentz. So that pick was used by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Colts Draft Recap: Day Three

4.127 | Kylen Granson | TE | SMU

While I won’t pretend that I know a lot about the former Mustang, Kylen Granson, I know many people believe he is a top receiving option at his position. The Colts front office thinks very highly of him and they anticipate he plays a lot this season. The Colts have a lot of options at the position and have given Carson Wentz a lot of options to throw too.

5.165 | Shawn Davis | S | Florida

As we move forward through the draft, the picks are looked at as more depth players than starters. For Florida’s, Shawn Davis this is probably the case. The Colts have a lot of talented safeties and Davis adds to that room. He could compete for the starting spot with George Odum, and the other Sean Davis, as those two players aren’t guaranteed that spot by any means.

Colts Draft Recap
MOBILE, AL – JANUARY 27: Sam Ehlinger of the Texas Longhorns practices with the National Team ahead of the 2021 Reeses Senior Bowl at Hancock Whitney Stadium on January 27, 2021 in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Senior Bowl/Collegiate Images/Getty Images)

6.218 | Sam Ehlinger | QB | Texas

The Colts let Jacoby Brissett walk in free agency this offseason, and needed competition for Jacob Eason for the backup quarterback job. Sam Ehlinger was a productive player at Texas for the past four seasons and was involved in a lot of winning at the program. He will need development and won’t be ready to play significant snaps, but is a competitive player and will bring a lot to the QB room in Indy.

7.229 | Micheal Strachan | WR | Charleston

The Colts always seem to grab a receiver in the late rounds or as an undrafted rookie. Michael Strachan was the player this season. As six feet and five inches, Strachan adds an interesting piece to the puzzle in the wide receiver room and could compete to earn special teams snaps as well.

7.248 | Will Fries | OT | Penn State

There is an old saying that your draft an offensive lineman in the draft every year. The Colts did just that by selecting Penn State tackle Will Fries in the seventh round. Fries adds depth in a spot where it most important and will compete to make the roster in a crowded room of talented lineman. As a rule of thumb, you can never go wrong with a tackle at any point

Grade: B

Colts Draft Recap: Review

Overall, I think the Colts did well. They had a draft that is typical for them and shocked a lot of people. They continue to be one of the best teams in the AFC and will look to compete again. They are always tactful and attack the offseason their own way. And they always seem to succeed, so it’s not smart to doubt them.

Final Grade: B

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Colts draft recap: 1st round pick
CLEVELAND, OHIO – APRIL 29: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces Kwity Paye as the 21st selection by the Indianapolis Colts during round one of the 2021 NFL Draft at the Great Lakes Science Center on April 29, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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