Colts Trade Up Into Fourth Round; Select Safety Khari Willis With 109th-Overall Pick

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts on Saturday traded up into the fourth round, sending their two fourth-round (129th- and 135th-overall) selections to the Oakland Raiders and selecting safety Khari Willis with the 109th-overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Willis — who stands at 5-foot-11 and weighs 213 pounds — is a two-time honorable mention All-Big Ten honoree out of Michigan State, and last season as a senior he collected 84 total tackles, two interceptions and 10 passes defensed; in 2017, he had 71 tackles (5.5 for a loss) with four sacks, two picks and three passes defensed.

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein wrote this about Willis in his draft profile:

Team leader known for his leadership and work ethic, Willis has been a reliable performer with a good nose for the football. However, he's an average athlete with below-average speed who needs to keep plays in front of him, so finding a roster spot on the next level could be a challenge. His high football character and consistent effort level, give him a shot at finding work as a backup with special teams value .

As of now, the Colts’ next pick is in the fifth round (144th overall). They currently have four picks remaining:

» 5th round (144th overall; from Browns)

» 5th round (164th overall)

» 6th round (199th overall)

» 7th round (240th overall)

For more on this selection, check back with Colts.com.

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