The Indianapolis Colts are fighting for a playoff berth and that starts with the Week 15 matchup against the New England Patriots on Saturday so their minds are not focused on the 2022 NFL draft.
With that said, we are still going to take a look at who the Colts selected in Draft Wire’s latest three-round mock draft. Of course, the Colts only have two selections in it because Carson Wentz is likely to hit the snap threshold that gives the Philadelphia Eagles their first-round pick.
So with that, the Colts are projected to have the Nos. 52 and 86 overall picks in the draft. Let’s see who they took in this mock:
52. Penn State WR Jahan Dotson
So for their first pick in the draft, the Colts went with one of the top wide receivers coming out of the class. Dotson, a senior, crushed it for Penn State in 2021 to the tune of 91 receptions for 1,182 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games.
Here’s what Ian Cummings of Pro Football Network said about Dotson’s profile:
“When he’s at his best, Dotson is a pure playmaker. As a catcher, he has the vertical athleticism, body control, hands, and laser focus to make eye-popping plays down the field. And as a ball carrier, the Penn State WR is explosive, agile, and he can sink his hips effortlessly when evading defenders. He doesn’t always play to this maximum, but the potential is there. And his success as a punt returner only reaffirms that.
Dotson can still further refine the consistency of his route running, and his size will be a bit of a damper on his upside. Nevertheless, he has the dual-sided catching ability and creation ability to be an early-round pick. I’m not sure the first round is realistic, but if he can have a strong finish to the 2021 season, it’s in the realm of possibility.
More likely, however, is that Dotson is a Day 2 pick. If he can reach his ceiling as a route runner, he could be a productive NFL receiver for a long time.”
Adding to the wide receiver corps is a must this offseason whether it be through the draft or free agency. The Colts could do a lot worse than Dotson.
86. Ohio State CB Sevyn Banks
With their third-round pick in this mock draft, the Colts went with a cornerback. Though it might be a bit shocking considering the emergences of Rock Ya-Sin and Isaiah Rodgers this season, this position is likely going to be a need this offseason with the expected departure of Xavier Rhodes.
Here is what Cummings of Pro Football Network said about Banks during the summer before the 2021 season:
“Banks is a stellar athlete with great size at 6’1″ and 200 pounds. Compared to other high-level athletes like Elam and Stingley, Banks is just as explosive, and also shows flashes of fluidity. Banks has some of the best long speed in the class, and he negates receiver separation with his closing burst.
Having said that, while other CB prospects embolden their athleticism with confidence and quick reaction ability, Banks has a lot of room for improvement, mentally. He had flashes of route recognition in 2020. Thus far in 2021, however, he hasn’t seen the field often. And when he has, he hasn’t been sharp.
If he can become more confident in what he sees and more proactive overall, Banks can be a stellar playmaker. As of now, however, most of his appeal rests in unrealized upside. There’s still time for him to close out the year on a high note, but Banks looks more like a Day 3 pick than a Round 1 player.”
The Colts are always attracted to athletes so a Round 3 pick at cornerback and this one specifically isn’t out of the question.
Who did the Eagles take with the Colts’ pick?
Holding the No. 21 overall pick, the Eagles went with Florida cornerback Kaiir Elam, who is considered one of the top players at his position in this draft. Other players the Colts would have a shot at in this mock draft include:
Mississippi State OT Charles Cross
Northern Iowa OT Trevor Penning
USC WR Drake London
Kentucky OT Darian Kinnard
Ohio State WRs Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave