Indianapolis Colts 2019 Mock Draft Monday: Feb. 11

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts have the No. 26-overall pick in April’s 2019 NFL Draft. Here’s your latest weekly compilation taking a look at which players the various experts believe will land in Indianapolis:

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Expert: Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

Date of mock draft: Feb. 11 (link)

Selection: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

Previous selections: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan; Dre'Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State

Analysis:The Colts grab a three-technique rusher to go between Jabaal Sheard and (Margus) Hunt. In 2018, Wilkins totaled 50 tackles with 14 for a loss, 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble. He totaled 60 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks in 2017. Wilkins is disruptive at the point of attack, showing the speed to create havoc behind the line of scrimmage. He is a great athlete for his size and has the versatility to play a variety of techniques. His speed and athleticism make him a fit for three-technique in a 4-3. He could also fit as a 3-4 defensive end and even play some nose tackle. The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder possesses a nice skill set with upside.Wilkins played well for Clemson in 2016 as part of a tough defensive line that controlled the point of attack. The sophomore had 48 tackles with 13 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and 10 passes batted on the year. Because of injuries, Wilkins played a lot of defensive end. He showed nice athleticism and versatility, but is at his best on the inside, using his mismatch speed against guards. Wilkins made 33 tackles and two sacks as a freshman in 2015."

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Expert: Dan Kadar, SB Nation

Date of mock draft: Feb. 11 (link) [NOTE: Kadar has the Colts trading the No. 26- and 89-overall picks to the Seattle Seahawks for the No. 21-overall pick]

Selection: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

Previous selections: Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State; Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

Analysis:With two picks in the second round this year, the Colts can go bold in the first and trade up if a player falls. In this case it’s Ferrell, the talented pass rusher from Clemson. A wide receiver might be an option too, but the Colts currently have more money for free agency than any team in the NFL. They can afford to overpay someone like Golden Tate, for instance, and then maneuver and fills holes in the draft.

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Expert: Vinny Iyer, Sporting News

Date of mock draft: Feb. 9 (link)

Selection: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

Analysis:Andrew Luck had a big season despite limited pop at receiver beyond T.Y. Hilton. Harry would complement Hilton as a big (6-4, 216 pounds) matchup nightmare through the red zone who also can provide another strong intermediate-to-deep threat. Harry’s stock has the potential to shoot up, a la Mike Evans, so Stanford’s J.J. Arcega-Whiteside also must remain on the Colts' radar.

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Expert: Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: Feb. 8 (link)

Selection: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

Previous selections: A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss; Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

Analysis:Having a stellar defensive tackle who can generate some pass rush would certainly not hurt the Colts' defense. Lawrence is a mammoth defender with a refined game. He'd free even more room for Darius Leonard.

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Expert: Walter Cherepinsky, WalterFootball.com

Date of mock draft: Feb. 7 (link)

Selection: Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech

Previous selections: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

Analysis:The Colts made great strides defensively last year, but they were just 29th in adjusted sack rate. They'll be looking to improve their pass rush. Jaylon Ferguson had an excellent Senior Bowl, proving that he could compete with the power-five prospects. He may have moved himself into being a first-round selection."

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Expert: Todd McShay, ESPN

Date of mock draft: Feb. 7 (link; ESPN Insider access required)

Selection: Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson

Previous selections: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

Analysis:Indy could use a receiver, but the secondary is a bigger need. Mullen, a long and lean corner, had four interceptions over the past two seasons with the Tigers and would help shore up the Colts' middle-of-the-road pass defense."

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Expert: Dane Brugler, The Athletic

Date of mock draft: Feb. 5 (link)

Selection: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

Previous selections: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

Analysis:The Colts’ defense played better than expected last season under first-year defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, but there is room for upgrades. With his timing and instincts to disrupt the catch point, Baker would be an ideal fit in the Colts’ mostly Cover-2 scheme.

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Expert: Luke Easterling, DraftWire

Date of mock draft: Feb. 5 (link)

Selection: Jerry Tillery, DL, Notre Dame

Previous selections: Kelvin Harmon, WR, North Carolina State

Analysis:General manager Chris Ballard is building one of the best young teams in the league, but there are still a few glaring holes to fill. One of them is along the interior of the defensive line, where the Colts could use a versatile, disruptive force like Tillery, who can line up in multiple spots.

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Expert: Michael Renner, Pro Football Focus

Date of mock draft: Feb. 5 (link)

Selection: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

Analysis:Talent-wise, Simmons is a top-10 player in this class. The video of him punching a girl in high school could have teams taking him off their board altogether though.

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Expert: Chad Reuter, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: Feb. 5 (link)

Selection: Kelvin Harmon, WR, N.C. State

Analysis:The Colts need a big-bodied receiver to complement T.Y. Hilton.

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Expert: Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: Feb. 5 (link)

Selection: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

Previous selections: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State; Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

Analysis:Simmons won't be invited to the combine because of a domestic-violence incident when he was in high school but scouts consider him a first-round talent. Simmons was a disruptive interior force last season who often requires double-teams. He has just one sack but he spends games in the backfield, as evidenced by his 15.5 tackles for loss.

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Expert: Nick Klopsis, Newsday

Date of mock draft: Feb. 4 (link)

Selection: Kelvin Harmon, WR, North Carolina State

Analysis:The Colts don't have too many glaring needs, so they can afford to make a luxury pick here and bolster an already strong receiving corps. Kelvin Harmon is a well-rounded receiver with the size (6-3, 214), speed, hands and route-running ability to eventually become a No. 1 receiver.

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Expert: Joe Marino, The Draft Network

Date of mock draft: Feb. 4 (link)

Selection: Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson

Analysis:Al Woods and Margus Hunt played considerable snaps on the interior defensive line for the Colts in 2018. Both are 32 with expired contracts. Grover Stewart was up and down while Hassan Ridgeway and Jihad Ward (expired contract) had some flashes, but overall the position group needs an infusion of talent. Lawrence is a massive man that is capable of dominating at the point of attack while also featuring good mobility relative to his frame. He can help keep the Colts defense stout and make sure star linebacker Darius Leonard is clean of blocks to make splash plays.

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Expert: Matt Miller, Bleacher Report

Date of mock draft: Feb. 4 (link)

Selection: Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson

Previous selections: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

Analysis:Christian Wilkins started the season with a second-round grade on my board, but the more Clemson tape that's evaluated, the more it's clear he has a role as an interior pass-rusher and excellent leader in the NFL. His athleticism, production and character add up to a first-round grade. For the Indianapolis Colts, he's exactly the type of player they've shown a want for. Wilkins is no-nonsense, all about ball and works his tail off on and off the field. He's also a disruptor from the middle of the defensive line and can bring pressure up the middle to collapse pockets and flush quarterbacks.The Colts have other needs that could be addressed here—like edge-rusher or wide receiver—but with two selections in the second round, it makes the most sense to grab a potential building block on defense while they can.

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Expert: R.J. White, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: Jan. 30 (link)

Selection: Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State

Previous selections: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

Analysis:The Colts hit a home run in their last draft with decade-long starters Quenton Nelson and Darius Leonard, among others. Abram likely won't be at that level, but he's an outstanding in-the-box safety prospect to pair with Malik Hooker on the back end.

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Expert: DraftTek.com

Date of mock draft: Jan. 30 (link)

Selection: Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri

Previous selections: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford

Analysis:Indianapolis must come away from the off-season or draft with a solid wideout that is a true complement to T.Y. Hilton. For example, the Colts' 2nd-leading receiver was TE Eric Ebron, while the 3rd-best was RB Nyheim Hines, who finished with 63 receptions, 425 yards receiving, and 2 TD's. The next wideout (after Hilton) was Chester Rogers, who caught 53 passes for 485 yards and 2 TDs on the year. When a RB is getting more receptions (and catching the same amount of TD passes as your #2 receiver), there might be reason to be concerned. That's why, for the past two weeks, Stanford's J.J. Arcega-Whiteside was the first pick for the Colts in our CMD. This week, I'll serve up what might be a bit of a surprise for pick #26: Missouri's Emanuel Hall. The lanky native of Franklin, Tennessee has all the ingredients to become a solid contributor at the NFL level: Speed, burst, a second gear, can high-point the ball with the best of them. The thing I worry about most are some of his drops. Two of them more obvious took place in a game I witnessed last September, at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, IN. I was in attendance to see the Missouri Tigerstake on my Boilermakers at Purdue. The Boiler defenders gave Hall fits all night long (and Hall may have been injured on one early throw), but Emanuel never backed down, either. He ended up with 4 catches and 88 yards, with a critical catch to set-up the game-winning FG. Indianapolis needs a talented, dependable receiving threat that can go deep or across the middle, leveraging the double-teams on T.Y. Hilton, but helping to open things up more for Andrew Luck to distribute the ball. With TE's Jack Doyle (hopefully healthy for the 2019 campaign) and Eric Ebron ( with his bounce-back story continuing) for another year, the Colts would have 3-4 viable receiving threats on the field for Andrew Luck --on any given play-- with the RB there for a check-down. Bring in Reggie Wayne once again as a WR Coach to work with Hall on perfecting his route-running and film study, and the Colts could quickly have a formidable one-two punch at the starting WR slots.

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Expert: Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: Jan. 29 (link)

Selection: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

Analysis:Playing on the prevailing Colts theme of build the fronts and look for traits, I'll give them an inconsistent but talented interior rusher with elite physical dimensions.

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Expert: Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: Jan. 25 (link)

Selection: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

Analysis:The big-bodied pass catcher from Arizona State would be an ideal fit as a WR2 opposite T.Y. Hilton.

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Expert: Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: Jan. 23 (link)

Selection: Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State

Analysis:Abram is one of my favorite players in the draft. He fits what the Colts are building on defense.

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Expert: Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN

Date of mock draft: Jan. 17 (link; ESPN Insider access required)

Selection: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

Analysis:Lawrence is higher on my Big Board -- No. 17 -- but he won't fit every NFL team. At 6-foot-5, 340 pounds, he's the top nose tackle in this class, so he needs to find a team looking for a plugger in the middle. With Margus Hunt -- who had a stellar 2018 -- a free agent, the Colts could have a need along the interior of the line. Lawrence can disrupt a pocket and hold up against the run, but he's never going to be an elite penetrator like Quinnen Williams.

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Expert: Steve Palazzolo, Pro Football Focus

Date of mock draft: Jan. 15 (link)

Selection: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

Analysis:Brown brings a speed element to the Colts’ offense after averaging 19.2 yards per reception in 2017 and 17.6 yards/reception last season. He ranked sixth in the nation with 592 yards on deep passes last year.

The Indianapolis Colts have the No. 26-overall pick in April’s 2019 NFL Draft. Here’s your latest weekly compilation taking a look at which players the various experts believe will land in Indianapolis.

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