Indianapolis Colts 2021 NFL Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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Indianapolis Colts 2021 NFL Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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Indianapolis Colts 2021 NFL Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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2021 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, Indianapolis Colts draft analysis, all the picks, best value selection and biggest reach.


Indianapolis Colts 2021 NFL Draft Analysis

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Quibble with some of the players the Colts pick up – that’s coming in a moment – but they at least checked off their boxes. They needed pass rushing prospects, and they got them in Michigan’s Kwity Paye and Vanderbilt’s Dayo Odeyingbo. They needed a safety, and they got one in the fifth round in Shaun Davis out of Florida. They needed a cheap, reliable backup quarterback option who won’t send Carson Wentz into a panic room, and Sam Ehlinger is that. However …

There’s not a whole lot to like. Yeah, Indianapolis got guys for positions they needed to fill. It just didn’t get a whole lot of strong ones. Paye was an easy call at the 21, but Odeyingbo was a gigantic reach in the second round considering he was just an okay prospect and now he’s hurt.

At the end of the day – or the weekend – the Colts only had two picks before the 127, and one of them almost certainly won’t play this year. That essentially means they got Paye and a whole slew of backups.

Best Value Pick: S Shaun Davis, Florida, 5th round, 165th overall

Biggest Reach: DE Dayo Odeyingbo, Vanderbilt, 2nd round, 54th overall

Late Flier That Could Work: OT Will Fries, Penn State, 7th round, 248th overall

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Indianapolis Colts 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2021 NFL Draft Picks

1 (21) EDGE Kwity Paye, Michigan
2 (54) DE Dayo Odeyingbo, Vanderbilt
4 (127) TE Kylen Granson, SMU
5 (165) S Shaun Davis, Florida
6 (218) QB Sam Ehlinger, Texas
7 (229) WR Mike Strachan, Charleston (WV)
7 (248) OT Will Fries, Penn State

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Indianapolis Colts 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2021 NFL Draft Picks

In hindsight, of course Jonathan Taylor should’ve gone earlier than the 41. It would’ve been nice if Jacob Eason looked so good that he could’ve taken over for Phil Rivers, but without a first rounder, the Colts got a franchise back in Taylor, a decent receiver in Michael Pittman, and have a potential safety in Julian Blackman. But now …

The Colts have two of the first 54 picks, and then everything else is in the fourth round and beyond – so it’s a two player draft. The Colts have to get a pass rushing defensive end, and several should be there at the 21. They also need help at offensive tackle, and several should be there at the 54. Or …

Package the picks. Every GM thinks he can find value in the later rounds, but getting anything beyond a special teamer or anyone who can be a meaningful part of the depth chart is dumb luck. There’s just enough capital to come up with something to move up a few spots – maybe even turn that fourth into a third – and add a little more to this class.

Indianapolis Colts 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2020 NFL Draft Picks

2 WR Michael Pittman, USC
2 RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
3 S Julian Blackmon, Utah
4 QB Jacob Eason, Washington
5 OG Danny Pinter, Ball State
6 DT Robert Windsor, Penn State
6 CB Isaiah Rodgers, UMass
6 WR Dezmon Patmon, Washington State
6 LB Jordan Glasgow, Michigan

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