INDIANAPOLIS — The order is set.
The National Football League this week announced that 14 teams were recipients of 29 total compensatory picks for the 2020 NFL Draft, and while the Indianapolis Colts were not on this year's list, the team now officially knows where all eight of its picks will fall.
Barring any moves between now and the draft, which kicks off Thursday, April 23, in Las Vegas, here is the Colts' official 2020 NFL Draft order:
» 1st round, 13th pick (13th overall)
» 2nd round, 2nd pick (34th overall; from Redskins)
» 2nd round, 12th pick (44th overall)
» 3rd round, 11th pick (75th overall)
» 4th round, 16th pick (122nd overall)
» 5th round, 15th pick (160th overall)
» 6th round , 14th pick (193rd overall)
» 6th round, 18th pick (197th overall; from Dolphins via Cowboys)
Continuing to build
The draft, of course, will follow free agency, which kicks off with the start of the new league year at 4 p.m. next Wednesday, the 18th.
By the time the Colts go on the clock with their first pick in this year's draft, there's a possibility the team will have made some moves in free agency to continue addressing needs and adding depth and talent to the roster.
But general manager Chris Ballard said recently that the draft will continue to be his primary focus when it comes to his staff's team-building efforts.
"We're going to stay the course of how we believe in team building," Ballard told reporters Feb. 25 at the NFL Scouting Combine. "Things don't always go the way you want them to go, but we have a philosophy of how we're going to build it. We want to be able to acquire young players and develop our own and develop them as Colts. Not saying that we won't enter into free agency because we have, but it won't be our main source of player acquisition. We'll continue to build this thing the way we see fit and the way we think you can win football games."
Since Ballard was hired as the Colts' general manager in 2017, the team has made 29 draft picks, 24 of which remain on the roster to this day; the other five picks are also currently on other teams' rosters.
What do the experts believe the Colts will do with the 13th-overall pick? Check out our most recent edition of Mock Draft Monday.