Indianapolis Colts

Colts 7-Round Mock Draft: Post-Combine edition

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With a new general manager in place, the Indianapolis Colts are looking to revamp their roster with a big offseason. As Andrew Luck heads into his sixth NFL season (that went fast, didn’t it?), the team is hoping to regain the division crown in the AFC South. Let’s select every Colts pick in this year’s upcoming NFL Draft.

*For realistic results, I use fanspeak.com’s premium mock draft simulator for each team mock combined with Matt Miller’s big board rankings

Round 1, pick 15: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State

A long, physical cornerback that can run is exactly what the Colts secondary needs. Conley’s stock is on the rise more than ever after a big performance at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Conley’s skills were tested quite often this year, playing in a great secondary with Marshon Lattimore and Malik Hooker, but on top of his 4 interceptions, he only allowed 14 catches and a touchdown on 42 targets (PFF). He can start right away for the Colts and help round out the defense.

Round 2, pick 46: Joe Mathis, EDGE, Washington

If not for a season-ending foot injury, Mathis would’ve found his way into the first-round conversation in this year’s draft. His ability to explode off the edge with bend helped him rack up 30 total quarterback pressures with five sacks in just six games this season.

He’s a very disciplined, strong run defender (racked up 17 solo stops in those six games without missing a tackle as well) that could be plugged-in at outside linebacker right away for the Colts front seven.

Round 3, pick 79: Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo

The Colts desperately need depth at the running back position, and Hunt provides a great value in the third round with pro-ready skill set to contribute right away.

He has displayed a ton of elusiveness, forcing 81 missed tackles on the ground in 2016 (PFF). Even at age 33, Frank Gore has some juice left but finding a player that can split carries with him like Hunt will be invaluable for Indianapolis.

Round 4, pick 121: Kendell Beckwith, LB, LSU

A hard-nosed linebacker for the middle of the defense, Beckwith was a very good starter at LSU before tearing his ACL late in the season. He displays high-end ability as a seek and chase run stopper with leadership IQ in the front seven.

A team willing to be patient with his rehab could land a steal and future starter with Beckwith, making this a great gamble for the Colts.

Round 4, pick 137: Ryan Glasgow, DT, Michigan

Similar to the excellent value the Colts got out of the Henry Anderson selection two years ago, Glasgow would provide defensive line depth but in a different way. He’s a run stuffer that controls the point of attack while commanding double teams up front.

After struggling on defense in 2016, new general manager Chris Ballard will look to build depth from top to bottom. Getting a strong, rotational run stuffer in Glasgow is a good start to improve the trenches.

Round 4, pick 144: Noah Brown, WR, Ohio State

I’ve used the phrase ‘go up and get it receiver’ a few times in this mock draft series, but no late round receiver in this class fits that more perfectly than the 6-foot-2, 222-pound Noah Brown.

Underutilized and extremely raw, Brown will have to round out his game with his route running and overall ability to separate. With his ability to bring down contested passes, he could find his way into red zone packages quite quickly.

Round 5, pick 159: J.J. Dielman, OL, Utah

A versatile offensive line prospect with experience at both tackle and center, Dielman is an above average athlete in the trenches and provides instant depth.

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