INDIANAPOLIS – I’ve caved.
Blame it on the quarantine.
If everyone else is handing out a Mock Draft, it’s time for me to join in on the fun. After giving out the positional need mock on Monday, now we need to slot players for the Colts in 2020.
Without further ado, here is a 2020 Mock Draft for the Indianapolis Colts:
Round 2-34: WR-Michael Pittman (USC)
Analysis: With Jordan Love slotting into the middle of Round 1, the Colts decided to go ahead and tap into the deep wide receiver draft class and try to address their most pressing need. In Pittman, the Colts are getting a 6-4, 223-pound wideout who has shown good film against press coverage and a consistency in catching the football. He’s not a crazy testing athlete, but he does have some short-area quickness that should help him separate a bit at the next level. Pittman caught 101 balls for 1,275 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. His ability to high-point jump balls and come down with them is a big strength. He checks the boxes of being a team captain and participating in the Senior Bowl. Pittman is the son of former NFL running back Michael Pittman.
Round 2-44: TE-Cole Kmet (Notre Dame)
Analysis: The Trey Burton news lessens the vitalness to addressing tight end in 2020, but the opportunity to help this position for the long-term should not be ignored. In my (somewhat biased) opinion, Kmet is the top tight end in the draft. Look deeper than just the 3-year totals for Kmet at Notre Dame. He’s the latest product of ‘Tight End U.’ Kmet was a baseball pitcher at Notre Dame, so there’s potential in his 6-5, 262-pound frame. He’s a great looking athlete who will now be concentrating on one sport. There’s no concern of character with Kmet. While Adam Trautman (Dayton) has some attractive traits and a guy like Colby Parkinson (Stanford) later would be other fits at tight end, Kmet offers intrigue in giving this team a potential Pro Bowl TE to groom with whoever is the answer at long-term quarterback.
Round 3-75: QB-Anthony Gordon (Washington State)
Analysis: Speaking of QB, the Colts end Day Two by taking a signal caller. In Gordon, the Colts are getting a one-year starter who comes from Mike Leach’s Air Raid system. There’s definite development needed with Gordon, but the Colts can be patient. Gordon brings a willingness to push the ball more vertically. At worst, Gordon should be a backup option moving forward, with Frank Reich and Nick Sirianni getting the chance to mold a drafted quarterback that has some desired characteristics.
Round 4-122: OT-Matthew Peart (UConn)
Analysis: At 6-7 and with 36 5/8 arms, Peart has serious length that can make up for not the most on-point technique at this point of his career. Peart has started both at left and right tackle, so the Colts are getting a backup with experience at each tackle spot. He also tested very well in the 40 and the broad jump. So, the Colts getting a coachable, athletic and long tackle, which allows for a solid base of clay to work with in trying to develop a possible tackle of the future. Offensive line depth must be addressed in the draft, particularly at tackle.
Round 5-160: DB-K’Von Wallace (Clemson)
Analysis: After flirting around with taking Cal defensive back Ashtyn Davis earlier in the draft, the Colts are getting a 3-year starter from Clemson in Round Five. From a size standpoint (5-11, 206), Wallace won’t ‘wow’ on the measurable chart, but he makes up for it with short area quickness. This is a player who is strong between the ears and was a team captain at Clemson. He’s played both cornerback and safety, which is key versatility (a la Marvell Tell) in filling out a game-day roster.
Round 6-193: WR-Lawrence Cager (Georgia)
Analysis: The 6-5 and 220-pound Cager gives the Colts a second big body wideout this draft. In looking at a floor for Cager, he should be able to provide a specific element in the red zone in winning 50/50 balls and being a strong back shoulder option. He caught just 78 balls for 1,157 yards in college, playing three seasons at Miami, before finishing at Georgia. While the production in college was nowhere near the same, Cager offers some similar measures to Chargers wideout Mike Williams (who Philip Rivers really excelled with).
Round 6-197: RB-Anthony McFarland (Maryland)
Analysis: There were flashes of brilliance from McFarland against Big Ten competition. Any Big Ten RB averaging 6.7 yards per carry for a career is notable and that’s what the 5-8, 208-pound McFarland did in his two seasons playing. There are definite durability questions about McFarland, but he’s a nice option late on Day 3 to try and compete for that 4th running back spot. McFarland ran 4.44 in the 40-yard dash at the Combine, the 4th fastest of any running back.
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