Indianapolis Colts 2019 Mock Draft

The 2019 NFL Draft is less than one month away. And it's time to take a look at what the Indianapolis Colts could do.

Indianapolis Colts 2019 Mock Draft

By Robert Voigt

Special to Pro Football Guru

As predicted when I first looked at the offseason 90-man roster, Colts’ general manager Chris Ballard re-signed most of the team’s own free agents such as Margus Hunt, Clayton Geathers and Pierre Desir. In terms of new faces, he added wide receiver Devin Funchess (Carolina Panthers) to a one-year contract and defensive end Justin Houston (Kansas City Chiefs) to a 2-year deal.

After all the signings, some claimed there were no perceived holes in the Colts roster. Staying healthy and having quality depth is what separates playoff qualifiers from championship contenders. Hence, there’s an “injury probability” approach to this depth chart.

COLTS INJURY ROSTER

Certainly no one wants to see any player get injured. You can expect Ballard to prepare for injuries at certain positions. I moved players from their starting position on depth chart and placed them into the IR/PUP column, then slide other players left into starter, reserve or inactive columns.

The biggest injury roster holes were at strong safety, defensive end, tight end and offensive tackle. Meanwhile, wide receiver, defensive tackle, cornerback and linebacker could use some depth. After combine testing was completed, there was an updated Big Board, factoring in the team’s roster holes while making every selection from the “Colts Weighted” Top 100.

Player tiers (13 for Round 1, 23 for Round 2, 33 Rounds 3-4, 31 Rounds 5-7).

All told, predictions are based off analysis of their roster and the position strengths in the draft.

Note: Player analysis from Lance Zierlein NFL.com.

Trade: Pick No. 26 and Pick No. 34 in second round to Cincinnati for Pick No. 11

No, I haven’t lost my mind. Yes, Ballard did trade up last year to draft Tyquan Lewis. I have looked at that Top 100 board for two weeks. These two picks never resulted in a potential difference maker. Colts passed on a highly rated pass rusher last year. They have the 34th pick as a result. What if Ballard knew the edge class was deeper this year. Recent draft trends suggest elite edge rushers will be drafted in top 15 or 20 picks. Bengals trading with Colts worked out on the famous draft pick value chart. More importantly their pick is before the Packers, Falcons and Panthers. I can see Bengals trading down and getting two draft picks for the salary cost of one. The symmetry of Dwight Freeney also being the 11th overall pick was not lost on me.

Players drafted in Rounds 1 and 2 to become starters, but likely will be backups to start the season.

Round 1, Pick No. 11

Brian Burns, Edge, Florida State (6’5”, 249)

I predicted Burns due to the multiple meetings with the Colts staff. He could be that speed rusher that almost every NFL team and fan desires and could compete with Kemoko Turay and Al-Quadin Muhammad for passing down snaps.

Zierelein: Long, thin pass-rush specialist who possesses elite get-off and stride length.

OTHERS TO WATCH:

Montez Sweat, EDGE; Ed Oliver, DL

Round 2, Pick No. 59

Amani Hooker, SS, Iowa (5’11”, 210)

Hooker is my personal choice as safety drafted. He can play closer to line of scrimmage. He can cover running backs and tight ends. He can catch the ball and makes plays. He will be a very good NFL safety. I am hoping Ballard picks him. Even if he doesn’t, pick 59 is where I predict a safety gets drafted. Hooker could compete with Isaiah Johnson as third strong safety and with Nate Hairston as dime cornerback.

Zierlein: Hybrid safety with an advanced feel for play design and recognition of where the ball is going and how to play it. He could thrive in a "robber" role or as a big nickel where he can match up against pass-catching tight ends.

OTHERS TO WATCH:

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S; Charles Omenihu, DL; Jonathan Abram, S; Deebo Samuel, WR; Terry McLaurin, WR

Players drafted in Rounds 3 and 4 determine how good an NFL team’s depth truly is.

Round 3, Pick No. 89

Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego State (6’5”, 252)

The Colts like to run three tight end sets. Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle are both free agents after this season. Both had to be replaced on the field because of injury during last season. Warring has the measurables and should only get better. He could could compete with Ross Travis, Billy Brown and Gabe Holmes for the fourth tight end spot on 53-man roster.

Zierlein: Warring has the competitiveness to handle run-blocking duties and the talent to line up in the slot. While his production won't catch your eye, his tape does with quickness and ball skills that should make him a more productive target in the NFL than he was in college.

OTHERS TO WATCH:

Jace Sternberger, TE; Kelvin Harmon, WR; Darius Slayton, WR; Juan Thornhill, S; Connor McGovern, OT

Round 4, Pick No. 129

Trysten Hill, DL, Central Florida (6’3”, 308)

Hill will need to focus on showing coaches and teammates he will do what it takes to be an NFL player. Hill would compete with Hasaan Ridgeway and Grover Stewart as depth behind recently re-signed Margus Hunt.

Zierlein: Hill was a gap bandit who disrupted running games and spent time harassing quarterbacks with consistent effort and hustle.

OTHERS TO WATCH:

Renell Wren, DL; John Cominsky, DL; Darius Slayton, WR; Isaac Nauta, TE; Zach Allen, DL

Round 4, Pick No. 135

Dillon Mitchell, WR, Oregon (6’1”, 197)

Mitchell will need to learn life as an NFL receiver- route running, conditioning, concentration. Mitchell would compete with Daurice Fountain and Zach Pascal at WR5. Practice squad likely.

Zierlein: Mitchell’s ball skills show up on tape and he's a natural talent with the ball in his hands

OTHERS TO WATCH:

Stanley Morgan, WR; Bisi Johnson, WR; Justin Hollins, EDGE; Ben Banogu, EDGE, Evan Worthington, S

Rounds 5, 6 and 7 is where NFL scouting departments and then coaching staffs get to shine. These players will look to contribute on special teams to make 53-man roster. They typically start their NFL career inactive on game day, or on the practice squad. Players drafted all have potential to fit a role on the Colts’ roster.

Round 5, Pick No. 170

Yosh Nijman, OT, Virginia Tech (6’7”, 324)

Even without the “injury roster” hole, I believe Howard Mudd makes sure an offensive tackle gets drafted. Nijman has the frame and athleticism but will need coaching in pass protection. He would compete with Le’Raven Clark and De’Ondre Wesley for roster spot.

Zierlein: He's a developmental right tackle in need of extensive coaching for improved pass sets and greater consistency of aim with his run-blocking landmarks.

OTHERS TO WATCH:

Ryan Bates, OL; Alize Mack, TE; Ryquell Armstead, RB; David Long, LB; Mike Jackson, CB

Round 6, Pick No. 199

Gary Johnson, LB, Texas (6’0”, 226)

Johnson has the speed and hustle buts need coaching and awareness. Special teams play is a must to make roster. He would compete with Skai Moore and could become Dennis Leonard’s backup at Weak Inside Linebacker (WILL).

Zierlein: Active inside linebacker with plenty of passion and aggression but a fundamental lack of NFL-caliber movement skills in space.

OTHERS TO WATCH:

Montre Hartage, CB; Marvel Tell, S; Tre Lamar, LB; Cam Smith, LB; Tony Pollard, RB

Round 7, Pick No. 240

Ken Webster, CB, Mississippi (5’11”, 203)

Webster has the physicality and positional diversity that Colts GM Chris Ballard likes in defensive backs. He would compete with Chris Milton for special team’s gunner and depth defensive back.

Zierlein: His best opportunity might be to re-brand as a run-support nickel cornerback or dime safety on the next level.

OTHERS TO WATCH:

Zedrick Woods, S; Ashton Dulin, WR; Hamp Cheevers, CB; Derrek Thomas, CB, Trace McSorley, QB

Rob Voigt is a freelance football writer. Follow him on Twitter at @ColtsFnSnceBert.

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