Indianapolis Colts Successful Draft Plan

By: Louis Areniello

April 18, 2020

The 2020 NFL Draft is less than a week away and I could not be any more excited, as a Colts fan. After signing veteran Phillip Rivers, acquiring some veterans on defense, and moving the #13 pick for elite pass rusher Deforest Buckner, the Colts are prime to make a splash in the 2nd round. With the #34 and #44 picks there are a lot of possibilities for Indy.

The way I see it, there will be at least one talented receiver to fall out of the first round, and I am hoping that receiver is Tee Higgins from Clemson. Taking Higgins at #34 will give the Colts a tall, physical threat to compliment the quick slot receivers Pascal, Campbell, and of course Ty Hilton. Higgins would bring something different to the Colts receiving core, a big body that has the athleticism to beat defenders in the air. Higgins can block while being a large target for Rivers, similar to Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams who were great with him in San Diego and Los Angeles.

At the #44 pick the Colts have to make a decision between the present and the future. If there are no more first round talent receivers left, the Colts should look to draft QB Jalen Hurts. Hurts is a prospect I have loved despite some questions on his potential upside. Hurts has shown he is a leader who can wait in the wings till his time comes. Patience and leadership like that is very rare at a young age. His stock has only gone up since the combine, he reminds me a lot of Dak Prescott with that chip on his shoulder. Hurts at pick 44 would be a safe choice for the future of Indy.

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I won’t go past the 3rd round, as I’m sure you have better things to do than read about a 6th round pick to Indy, so here we go. With the 75th pick I would love to see the Colts grab TE Cole Kmet out of Notre Dame, if he's still available. Kmet is an athletic 6 foot 4 tight end with solid hands and smooth movement off the line. Kmet can be a decent option on offense while becoming a better blocker and giving some relief to the work horse Jack Doyle. Adding depth to the TE position would be significantly important for the Colts offense, especially with the loss of Eric Ebron. A position on the Colts that saw a lot of drops last year would have an upgraded building block for the future. Kmet falling to the 3rd round would be a steal for the Colts and the ideal way to cap off a great first three rounds of the draft. Hopefully the odds are in our favor for the draft and we can continue to build on what looks like a great 2020 off–season.

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