Round 1, Pick No. 26: Jerry Tillery, iDL, Notre Dame
Players the Indianapolis Colts would like to draft in the first round: Ed Oliver, Christian Wilkins.
Players that will not still be around by the time the Colts come on the clock at No. 26; Ed Oliver, Christian Wilkins.
Perhaps Jerry Tillery could also be gone by this point in the draft, but he certainly has the best chance of the interior three the Colts are likely targeting, and if he is still here, he has to be near or at the top of their draft board. Indianapolis has needed an interior disrupter for a long time.
Round 2, Pick No. 34: Kelvin Harmon, WR, N.C. State
Quarterback Andrew Luck has a fantastic comeback year with over 4,500 yard passing, 39 touchdowns and a 10-6 record with a playoff berth. And he did all of that with a very limited receiving arsenal. T.Y. Hilton is always going to be the go-to guy in the Colts offense, at least in this current era, but adding a player of Harmon's talent and style would really compliment Hilton's speed element in the offense. Harmon doesn't separate as well as other receivers, but he strong as hell and can make contested catches week-in and week-out.
Round 2, Pick No. 59: Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida
The Colts have some edge rushers on their roster, but i think they're still lacking that big difference makers in their pass rush. Jachai Polite could be that guy.
One team in the NFL could seriously benefit from Polite's downright dreadful offseason, as he showed up to the Combine both slow and overweight, as well as reportedly handling interview very poorly. But no matter how poorly his offseason has been, Polite did not get any worse at football form January until now, and when you watch him play football he is one of the best edge rushers in this class.
I have no idea where Polite ends up getting drafted, but if it's in range of a Colts pick, they should seriously consider.
Round 3, Pick No. 90: Marquise Blair, S, Utah
I still believe in Malik Hooker to be a major difference maker as a free safety. But no matter how you slice up a secondary scheme, Hooker still needs a running mate next to him to get the job done on the back end.
Blair is a player who moves really well and shows good range in both coverage and run support. The worst part of his game -- or should I better say"most unproven part of his game" -- is his ball skills, but with a player like Hooker next to him, he doesn't need to have that kind of impact all the time. Hooker can do that job and Blair can be a good compliment in other areas.
Round 4, Pick No. 130: Mark Fields, CB, Clemson
I am sure the Colts aren't totally ready to give up on either Quincy Wilson or Pierre Desir, but I still think the position could be upgraded in the draft, perhaps more than once even.
Fields didn't get the same kind of hype that his teammate, cornerback Trayvon Mullen, did, but Fields might actually offer more upside. After a fantastic 4.37 40-yard dash, Fields proved he has the long speed to keep up with receivers down the sideline. He's not as polished as some of the other guys in this class, but with an athletic ceiling like that, he's worth a shot at developing, especially for a team like the Colts who could use a guy like him.
Round 4, Pick No. 136: Kendall Sheffield, CB, Ohio State
Sheffield is another cornerback, like Fields, who has the speed and quickness to play the position at a high level, although Sheffield seems to be more lacking in other departments than even Fields. Sheffield has to be tough at the point of contact and cannot get bullied as much as he does. Yes, he's a speed guy, but his game can't be so finesse. He needs to show he can get his hands on receivers with more strength and a great ability to make the uncomfortable. If he can, you're talking about an outside cornerback with a good amount of potential.
Round 5, Pick No. 165: KeeSean Johnson, WR, Fresno State
If T.Y. Hilton is the deep threat/big play guy, and Kelvin Harmon is the contested catch stud, and Eric Ebron is the short yardage/red zone player, the that leaves one more role to fill from the wide receiver spot: the route running technician.
Here's how Brad Kelly described, Johnson
"Johnson projects as a technician at the next level due to his route running. There are no wasted movements and he has high levels of technical savvy. More of a refined route runner than a nuanced one, as he isn’t one to create a ton of separation with fakes or double moves. However, his refinement does lead to consistent throwing windows."
Johnson would be a player you can move around inside and out, both in the slot and as an outside receiver, and could be viable due to a diversified route tree.
Round 6, Pick No. 201: Malik Carney, EDGE, North Carolina
The Colts have to address edge rusher well before this, but as long as they do, then they can also afford to make an additional pick later in the draft. Carney had 5.5, 5.5 and 6.5 sacks in each of his three seasons. he's a guy who plays with a lot of effort on the edge, and will be a nice depth piece and special teams player.
Round 7, Pick No. 242: Greg Gaines, iDL, Washington
As stated before with edge rusher, the Colts have to get an interior defensive lineman before day 3, but by picking Tillery -- more of a finesse and pass rushing interior defensive lineman -- they can now stand to take the massive Gaines -- more of the run stuff type.