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Indianapolis Colts NFL Draft Breakdown

This entry is part 14 of 15 in the series 2019 NFL Draft Breakdown

The Colts had a slow start to 2018 but finished the season on a high. Can they improve their team enough to push for an AFC title?

Here is how the Colts went about the 2019 Draft.

Players Drafted

Player Pick Position School
Rock Ya-sin 34 CB Temple
Ben Banogu 49 OLB TCU
Parris Campbell 59 WR Ohio State
Bobby Okereke 89 LB Stanford
Khari Willis 109 S Michigan State
Marvell Tell 144 S USC
EJ Speed 164 LB Tarleton State
Gerri Green 199 EDGE Mississippi State
Jackson Barton 240 OT Utah
Javon Patterson 246 OL Ole Miss

Notable UDFA

Player Pos. School
Penny Hart WR Georgia State
Jamal Peters CB Mississippi State
Chris Rayford DB Mississippi State
Ashton Dulin WR Malone
Johnny Robinson DT Charleston Southern

TEAM 2019 Outlook

Offense

WR Parris Campbell was the 59th overall pick and is one of the quickest players in this class. He will slip nicely into a team where he receives passes from an experienced QB in Andrew Luck. He has great straight-line speed, runs impeccable routes and doesn’t lose speed when changing direction. He is a little undersized but doesn’t need to be strong in a contest when he is so fast, you won’t be able to catch him.

The Colts used their final two Draft picks to fill the depth chart. Utah OT Jackson Barton and Ole Miss Centre Javon Patterson will be developed into fine athletes in the future. They will surely have an impact on their new team in the years to come.

As soon as the final pick was made, it has been reported that the Colts reached out to one of the best UDFAs available in Georgia State WR Penny Hart. Hart is a natural slot receiver with all the right attributes to succeed in the NFL. He shone in the Senior Bowl and was a shock to not be drafted.

The Colts are now stacked with WRs, so expect a lot of competition in training camp this offseason.

Defense

The Colts produced some quality picks to build around a sturdy team they already had. The acquisition on Temple CB Rock Ya-sin is a masterclass from the coaching set-up in Indy. One of my favorite players coming out of this class, Rock is an animal of a corner. Flexibility and hip movement aren’t all, he has aggression, attitude, and physicality in the contest. He never lets anyone passed him without a fight. He pulled Temple out of trouble many times and will be an instant starter for the Colts. Great first pick.

The selection of DE Ben Banogu was an excellent choice to fill a gap. The TCU product can get overawed at times, but he plays with all heart and determination. The kid plays football as if his life depends on it. He has good speed once he gets going, is highly competitive and never backs down.

He averaged 8.5 sacks per season in the last two years and will haunt QBs for years to come. Expect him to push Jabaal Sheard all the way for the starting role.

With the 144th pick, the Colts selected USC Safety Marvell Tell. Tell is a talented footballer who reads the ball well I the air and covers a lot of the backfield. He is quick and doesn’t take any prisoners. He may sit behind Malik Hooker for a while or may change roles with the Colts.

No one is scoring TDs on this defense with the Rock and Marvell Tell in the backfield.

Bobby Okereke was taken with pick 89. The former Stanford LB lacks some instinctive traits, but he can cover a lot of the backfield and is constantly talking and directing players around. He knows how to play the position and as he grows as a player, he will be a solid leader. Between him and the 199th pick, Mississippi States Gerri Green, the Colts have their future LBs set.

The future is bright in Indy.

Grade – A+

Excellent selections in this year’s class from GM Chris Ballard and HC Frank Reich. This is one of the best Draft classes we have seen. Not only this year but in the last decade. The Colts will go a long way to winning the AFC if Luck can stay healthy.

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