Indianapolis Colts 2017 Draft Review

1st/15 Malik Hooker, S

Ht.: 6-1 Wt.: 206 School: Ohio State

With only eight interceptions last season, which was tied for second worst in the NFL, it wasn’t a surprise to see the Colts select Malik Hooker who had seven interceptions alone this past year. Hooker was highly regarded and has been compared to Ed Reed but slid with questions about his healthy and inexperience. Regardless the Colts were able to get a blue chip prospect to a secondary that lacks overall talent.

 

2nd/46 Quincy Wilson, CB

Ht.: 6-2 Wt.: 211 School: Florida

For a secondary that was thin on talent last year the Colts have changed that with back to back picks. Wilson is stiff in his hips but playing in the Colts press heavy scheme his size and physicality will allow him to reroute receivers to throw off timing. Combining Wilson with a healthy Vontae Davis and the Colts can have two bookend cornerbacks for the first time in a while.

 

3rd/80 Tarell Basham, DE

Ht.: 6-4 Wt.: 269 School: Ohio

Looking to help the 27th rated passing defense the Colts have been active adding seven new front seven pieces. That did not stop the Colts from taking Basham whose speed and explosiveness off the edge adds a different dimension. Basham has some fundamentals that need tweaking but he’ll see the field early as a pass rusher, but it’s only a matter of time before he’s one of Indianapolis’ starting outside linebackers.

 

4th/137 Zach Banner, OT

Ht.: 6-8 Wt.: 353 School: Southern California

A massive human being Banner is able to keep defenders out of the backfield on his sheer size alone. Indianapolis could use Banner at right tackle where he played in college, but balance issues could move him inside to guard where he won’t be asked to move laterally much and can use his size to shut off pass rushing lanes.

 

4th/143 Marlon Mack, RB

Ht.: 5-11 Wt.: 213 School: South Florida

At some point Frank Gore is going to slow down and take a step back and by adding Mack in the fourth they may have found his eventual replacement. Mack is a shifty running back who can get up to top speed fast and make subtle cuts to elude defenders. Issues with fumbling and patience are a concern but learning underneath Gore should only be helpful.

 

4th/144 Grover Stewart, DT

Ht.: 6-4 Wt.: 334 School: Albany State

General Manager Chris Ballard has made it clear that his focus is to build a big physical defense. By taking the massive Stewart is a clear indication as he is your typical space eating nose tackle looking to clog up running lanes. Stewart is raw coming from Division II but his traits are transferable.

 

5th/158 Nate Hairston, CB

Ht.: 6’0 Wt.: 196 School: Temple

A former receiver the cornerback position is still new to Hairston but he has the balance and quickness that should allow him to have success playing in the slot. An a good run defender he should be a core special teams player while he continues his development as a corner.

 

5th/161 Anthony Walker, LB

Ht.: 6-1 Wt.: 238 School: Northwestern

Adding physical players continues with Walker as he thrives playing as a downhill linebacker attacking the ball carrier. What Walker lacks in elite athletic ability he makes up for with instincts. A renown leader Walker has the potential to lead the defense and control the middle of the field

 

Best Pick

Hooker (first round)

 

Upside Pick

Hairston (fifth round)

 

Overall Thoughts

When the Colts get back into the playoffs you can look back to this draft as a big reason why. Indianapolis added four starting caliber defenders while adding two developmental pieces that would fit specific roles. Indianapolis had one of the best drafts in this entire class.

Grade: A+

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