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Colts Draft 2019: Best Available Day 3 Options

Who are some of the top options still available to the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth through seventh rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft on Saturday?


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INDIANAPOLIS — As always, the NFL Draft proved to be a beautiful, unpredictable roller coaster ride through the first two nights. Players who people never would have thought would slide had drastic falls, and players who were thought to be mid-round picks were snatched up early.

All of that has created a great recipe for the Indianapolis Colts, who currently hold a whopping six picks in the final four rounds — 4:129, 4:135, 5:144, 5:164, 6:199 and 7:240.

Here are 35 of the top prospects available to the Colts with their slate of Saturday selections.

*The following players are listed alphabetically.

Rodney Anderson | Running Back | Oklahoma

Anderson has great size, adequate speed, catches the ball well and is capable in pass protection. Has good vision and a feel for running the ball. His lack of elite speed isn't that big of deal because of how natural of a runner he is. His injuries are the only thing holding him back, as his 2015, 2016 and 2018 seasons have all ended prematurely.

Alex Bars | Offensive Lineman | Notre Dame

Former teammate and current Colts guard Quenton Nelson would likely be a big fan of this move. Bars is coming off a season-ending knee injury, but the veteran has plenty of experience starting at both guard spots and right tackle.

Beau Benzschawel | Offensive Lineman | Wisconsin

In typical Wisconsin lineman fashion, Benzschawel is experienced as a four-year starter and is tough as nails and has a high football I.Q. He is, however, a little more of a finesse blocker than you'd expect a Big Ten lineman to be.

Hakeem Butler | Wide Receiver | Iowa State

Many people had Butler as a potential first-rounder, but his inconsistent hands may be the main culprit why he's still available. He is a big-play receiver who can make contested catches, high-point the ball and make the routine look excellent. His height makes him appear to be not so fluid, but he does make some sharp cuts in his routes. Any quarterback can toss 'em up while Butler brings 'em down.

John Cominsky | Defensive Lineman | Charleston-West Virginia

Another small schooler with a bright future potentially ahead of them, Cominsky has been generating some buzz as of late. At 6-5, 286, he's got the athleticism to go with the size.

Dennis Daley | Offensive Tackle | South Carolina

Daley has some good physical traits like size and strength, but needs a good bit of work. He will get left in the dust against speed rushers if he doesn't come quicker off the snap and correct his footwork. Some say he's a guard, which may be true, but he has the physical tools to stay at tackle if he's coached-up well.

Michael Dogbe | Defensive Lineman | Temple

Dogbe is someone who has caught eyes with his workouts, but his tape shows a solid player as well. At 6-3, 284, Dogbe has plenty of strength, and is very quick and agile. He could be a handful for interior linemen to deal with.

Nick Fitzgerald | Quarterback | Mississippi State

If you're against drafting a quarterback, understand that if Colts backup Jacoby Brissett remains on the roster throughout 2019, he becomes a free agent in 2020. While it's not critical at the moment, there is a need there within the next 365 days. Fitzgerald has good size and speed, but is more of a threat as a mobile quarterback than an actual passing quarterback. He's potentially someone to develop as a passer on the practice squad but could prove to be a threat eventually.

Lamont Gaillard | Offensive Lineman | Georgia

Gaillard has plenty of experience in the SEC, and he's developed a mean streak over time. He tries to bully opposing linemen in the pass game and drive blocks them in the run game.

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson | Safety | Florida

To me, Gardner-Johnson is hands down the best, most complete safety in this class and is not being talked about enough. You can imagine my surprise by him being available at this point. He doesn't bring elite measurables or athleticism to the table, but he makes up for it in versatility, instincts and football IQ. You see him lined up as a deep safety, in the box and covering the slot. Florida even occasionally deployed him as a pass rusher, of which he proved to be capable. Gardner-Johnson reads the offense very well and puts himself in position to make the play, whether it's a tackle for loss on an outside run or screen, or it's sprinting across the field to intercept a deep pass.

Elijah Holyfield | Running Back | Georgia

His running style can be summed up by watching one of his dad's right hooks. I don't usually like to mention players' famous parents if it's not necessary, but you have to mention Evander Holyfield on this one. How he boxes is how Elijah runs the ball. Holyfield has the feel of a three-down back, although we saw limited action as a pass catcher. If teams are comfortable how he showed his chops at receiving during the pre-draft process, he'll be fine. He tested poorly in speed drills, but you're not drafting him to be a burner. His run style reminds me a bit of Frank Gore or Mark Ingram.

Travis Homer | Running Back | Miami

Homer is an all-effort player who just might be the best pass protector in the draft. He plays bigger than his 5-10, 201 stature and has enough speed to take carries downfield for big gains.

Amani Hooker | Safety | Iowa

At 5-11, 210, Hooker has a nice frame that allows him to be physical without it taking much of a toll. He's a smart, tough safety prospect who is capable in coverage and can come downhill and lay a hit in the run game. At Iowa, he showed the versatility to be moved around the lineup. He tested well at the Combine in both explosion and change-of-direction drills.

Joe Jackson | Defensive Lineman | Miami

Jackson has a Colts-style frame at 6-4, 275. It's the type of frame they look for in players who are capable of playing strong-side end but who can also kick inside to tackle and provide some interior pass rush. He's more of a straight-line defensive lineman who causes disruption by putting his effort and power all on the man in front of him, but he's not your typical edge defender who's going to bend the edge and be a high-end sack producer.

Jaquan Johnson | Safety | Miami

Johnson has a stout build at 5-10, 191, which appears to be able to hold up better than his size may indicate. He's quality in coverage but is much more consistent against the run. Johnson is a dynamic, movable piece who should pay off for his new team.

Michael Jordan | Offensive Lineman | Ohio State

Just a tad smaller and probably not as good at basketball as that Michael Jordan, Ohio State's Michael Jordan has a great frame for just about any offensive line position at 6-6, 312, and his strength should be appealing to power run teams.

Julian Love | Cornerback | Notre Dame

His size and so-so pre-draft testing may have him being a nickel in the NFL. Otherwise, he's a sticky coverage man who keeps pass breakups on his mind whenever possible. He has a toughness to him that not many corners in this class do.

Alizé Mack | Tight End | Notre Dame

Notre Dame has churned out yet another tight end. Mack is a high-quality prospect who blocks in the run and pass games very well. He has strong, reliable hands and runs good routes. He appears to be capable of doing more than we saw at Notre Dame, however.

Christian Miller | Edge Defender | Alabama

Miller is an ascending edge prospect without many reps to his name. He has nice size and great length, speed and athleticism, and he might have the most bend of any edge in this class. Despite not having as many in-game snaps, he uses his hands very well to get past blockers. He does, however, need to get better about freeing himself from blocks when he does engage.

Shareef Miller | Edge Defender | Penn State

I'll have to use the term "not yet a sum of his parts" again when it comes to Miller. He has size, speed and athleticism, but it doesn't seem like he knows what to do with it yet. He would be a quality scenario for the Colts while they groom him behind some of their older veterans who will be approaching free agency in the next couple of years.

Foster Moreau | Tight End | LSU

The Colts love tight ends, and there's not much to dislike about Moreau. He has good size at 6-4, 253 and ran a respectable 4.66 in the 40. He loves to block, which is likely to be his niche. He's not very diverse in the pass game outside of just moving the chains.

Isaac Nauta | Tight End | Georgia

He's a quality, well-balanced tight end prospect who can line up along the formation, block in-line and out in space and catches the ball well. His Combine did not go well, but his tape doesn't back up the poor performance.

Charles Omenihu | Defensive Lineman | Texas

From a Colts perspective, Omenihu is cut along the Denico Autry/Margus Hunt cloth, where his frame (6-5, 280, 85-inch wingspan) and versatility allows him to play anywhere along a four-man front. He's effective at both rushing off the edge and redirecting inside. When playing the run, he shoots gaps and cuts into the backfield. Omenihu fits the mold of what the Colts have in Hunt and Autry, as a lengthy player whose size allows him to hold up and be explosive inside while not losing much athletically when lined up outside.

Amani Oruwariye | Cornerback | Penn State

Oruwariye could be considered the perfect corner for the Colts, and he could be a solid Day 3 option. He has great size (6-1, 205), athleticism, closing speed (4.47 40) and ball skills, which could make him fit right in to the Colts' heavy-zone defense. He's physical against receivers, getting his hands on them to throw them off their route. In a league that offers many top-end receivers with great size, you always want a corner who can match up physically with those types of players.

Donald Parham | Tight End | Stetson

At 6-8, 243, Parham is essentially an enormous receiver rather than a tight end. You're drafting him to be a mismatch against any defender on the opponent's roster who isn't a pterodactyl. End zone lobs for days.

Terrone Prescod | Offensive Lineman | NC State

He's more of a mauling run blocker than a nimble pass protector, but there's always room for someone like that. He's got starting experience at both right tackle and left guard, but he's likely to stick as an interior offensive lineman in the NFL.

Derick Roberson | Edge Defender | Sam Houston State

Roberson has a chance at redemption after beginning his career as a highly-touted prospect arriving at Texas. Things didn't pan out, and he went on to eventually dominate in the FCS. The arrow is up on Roberson.

Jarrett Stidham | Quarterback | Auburn

Stidham is an interesting case because he's the type of player who has both the physical and mental traits that could've made him a Day 2 pick, but he could go mid-to-late Day 3 due to inconsistent play. Regardless, he's been on the radar for a couple years as a mobile quarterback who can keep plays alive and sling the ball downfield.

Deionte Thompson | Safety | Alabama

Alabama has a top safety prospect every year, and now it's Thompson's turn. He is a really nice single-high free safety prospect. He covers well, even from the slot, and is not afraid to hit. He makes plays on the ball and has the ability to come down with it. He does, however, need to become a more disciplined tackler. If the hit isn't clearly there to make, he'll usually fly at the ball carrier's feet. With only one year of full-time starting experience, his best seems yet to come.

Mike Weber | Running Back | Ohio State

Weber could fit into any team's backfield as a steady, reliable player capable of doing anything a running back would need to do. He's a tough runner who guts out extra yards through contact, and he also catches the ball well.

Trayveon Williams | Running Back | Texas A&M

Williams is a short, stocky downhill runner who has the drive and elusiveness to create extra yards. He has three-down back potential, as he catches the ball well and gives good effort in pass pro.

Gerald Willis | Defensive Tackle | Miami

Willis has a great frame at 6-2, 302 which gives him some leverage, plus some quickness to go with it. You see him penetrate the backfield, but not nearly enough. He needs to find some consistency.

Khari Willis | Safety | Michigan State

He's got a powerful frame at 5-11, 213, and can come downhill and lay a hit on runners. His natural feel for the game helps mask some of his physical limitations, but his role in the NFL will take some work in finding.

Evan Worthington | Safety | Colorado

Worthington is a versatile, well-rounded safety with size, adequate athleticism and who can cover opponents man-to-man from the slot. While it's not his strong suit, he is a willing competitor against the run.

Renell Wren | Defensive Tackle | Arizona State

At 6-5, 318, he has great size as an interior defender but also has plus athleticism. He's a perfect Day 3 pick due to being a project. However, if a patient defensive line coach can match his size, strength and athleticism with some technique then he could be a really quality find.

Colts GM, Chris Ballard, and Head Coach, Frank Reich, spoke to the media following the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

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