The Indianapolis Colts currently hold the 6th overall pick in the NFL draft, which is right around the corner. They acquired the pick from the Jets, which saw them send the 3rd overall pick to New York. While they are lower in the order now, they are still likely to get a player they would have originally picked with the 3rd pick. So, let’s take a look at each of those to understand what impact they bring to this roster.
DE Bradley Chubb, NC StateWe begin with the player who most draft “experts” have had going to Indianapolis since day one. Chubb is flat-out the best pass rusher in this draft class. There’s drop-off in quality between the former Wolf Pack star and his fellow edge rushers, so he is quite literally a premium talent. At 6’4″, 269 lbs, Chubb is a load for offensive tackles to handle. His impressive arm length of 34″ gives him the long reach to use his hands effectively and work his man over. Combining that with his strength and power, he possess the elite traits you look for in an NFL pass rusher. Chubb’s game is rather refined, making him a true plug and play guy in the top-10 picks of this draft. If the Colts are fortunate enough to get Chubb, he would easily be their best pass rusher since Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis in their primes. At this point however, its unlikely he makes it all the way to six since the Giants now have a vacancy at defensive end after trading Jason Pierre-Paul. Chubb landing in New York with the 2nd pick seems more and more likely every day.
RB Saquon Barkley, Penn StateBarkley is perhaps this draft class’s most talked about player. He burst onto the scene last season at Penn State as he helped to lead the Nittany Lions back to national prominence. This year, he was one of the best players in the nation, from start to finish, putting together impressive performances both running and catching the ball. At 6’0″ tall and 233 lbs, Barkley has the size to go with his impressive speed. To be more exact, Barkley ran 4.40 in the 40-yard dash at the combine in Indy. Along with his speed, the former Happy Valley star is elusive in the open field, as shown by his many hurdles and jukes of opposing defenders. Barkley has the potential to be the NFL’s next great running back, joining the group of power house backs in the NFL today. Whoever lands him will get a player who can alter their franchise. The Colts will probably have a shot at selecting him, especially if there is a run on quarterbacks in the top five. He could slide and join Eric Dickerson, Marshall Faulk, and Edgerrin James on the impressive list of Colts running backs.
OG Quenton Nelson, Notre DameNelson is a flat-out beast. As a Notre Dame fan, I’ve had a front-row view of his brute strength and growth as a player over the last few seasons of college football. The New Jersey native was a two sport athlete in high school, staring in both football and basketball. His leadership skills were on full display in South Bend as he was a team captain this past year for the Fighting Irish. Standing at 6’5″ 329 lbs, Nelson is a mountain of a man who is near impossible to move. He was also known for playing with an edge to his game, as Nelson plays flat-out nasty in pass protection. After all, the man choke-slammed a defender to the turf in the Citrus Bowl against LSU (see video below). Nelson is quite possibly the best player in this draft class, and in a draft where there are no truly “safe picks,” he seems to be the safest one of all. Of the three players mentioned, Nelson has the best chance of being on the board when the Colts pick at six. I would have to think GM Chris Ballard would love to take a guard who can help solve the Colt’s o-line crisis for the next several seasons to come. If the Colts were to take him at six, it could potentially be a steal given his true value.