Indianapolis Colts 2019 Mock Draft Monday: March 4

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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: March 4 (link)

Selection: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

Previous selections: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama; D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss; Devin Bush, LB, Michigan; Dre'Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State; Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

Analysis:The Colts continue to build up their defensive line with a versatile tackle to go with Denico Autry. 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-3, 315-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: Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: March 4 (link)

Selection: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

Previous selections: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington; Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware; N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State; Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia; Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

Analysis:Matt Eberflus transformed the Colts into a good defense in 2018. To go from good to great, Indy needs to add a few more pieces. Tillery was dominant at times last season and if he can play with more consistency he could end up being one of the biggest surprises of this class.

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Expert: DraftTek.com

Date of mock draft: March 4 (link)

Selection: Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech

Previous selections: Brian Burns, DE, Florida State; Dre'Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State; J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford; Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri

Analysis: None.

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Expert: Vinny Iyer, Sporting News

Date of mock draft: March 3 (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: Forrest N. Long, The Huddle Report

Date of mock draft: March 3 (link)

Selection: Jeffery Simmons, DL, Mississippi State

Analysis:The Colts could take a OL if one falls to them at twenty six, but I have most of the top OL gone by this point, so the Colts need to address getting defensive line help.

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Expert: Peter Schrager, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: Feb. 28 (link)

Selection: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

Analysis:Jacobs ranked 144th in the nation in 2018 with 640 rushing yards, though a limited college workload means he still has plenty of tread on his tires. A groin ailment might keep him from completely showing his wares in Indy, but it's a safe bet Alabama's pro day will draw an NFL decision-maker or 32. He has all the measurables pro teams covet, can return kicks and comes in with a great reputation as a teammate.

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Expert: Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: Feb. 27 (link)

Selection: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

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

Analysis:The Jim Thorpe award winner would immediately upgrade the Colts' secondary. Speed is a question, but his instincts, awareness and takeaway skills make him a nice fit in the Colts' scheme.

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Expert: Walter Cherepinsky, WalterFootball.com

Date of mock draft: Feb. 27 (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: Luke Easterling, DraftWire

Date of mock draft: Feb. 27 (link) [NOTE: Easterling has the Colts trading up with the Seattle Seahawks to acquire the No. 21-overall pick]

Selection: Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan

Previous selections: Jerry Tillery, DL, Notre Dame; Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State; Kelvin Harmon, WR, North Carolina State; Jerry Tillery, DL, Notre Dame

Analysis:This defense needs reinforcements at every level, and even in a deep class of interior defensive linemen, Gary is a rare talent worth trading up for. Injuries and playing out of position held him back in Ann Arbor, but if the Colts slid him inside where he belongs, he could immediately be the dominant force they need up front.

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Expert: R.J. White, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: Feb. 27 (link) [NOTE: R.J. White has the Colts acquiring the No. 21-overall pick from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for the No. 26- and No. 90-overall selections]

Selection: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

Previous selections: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson; D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss; Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State

Analysis:With zero receivers coming off the board in the top 20, the Colts have the opportunity to sacrifice a late third-rounder to move up and get whoever is their top WR in the draft. The general feeling is that Metcalf is slightly ahead of a talented pack of worthy late-first, early-second round players at the position.

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Expert: Chad Reuter, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: Feb. 26 (link)

Selection: Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson

Previous selections: Kelvin Harmon, WR, N.C. State

Analysis:GM Chris Ballard says his team must continue to improve up front. Lawrence will be tough to move from the middle of the Colts' D-line.

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Expert: Dan Kadar, SB Nation

Date of mock draft: Feb. 25 (link)

Selection: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

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

Analysis:If the Colts don’t go after a wide receiver in free agency, they could have their pick of them in the first round of the draft. They could choose to roll the dice on Metcalf’s upside. That, of course, is assuming Metcalf can move around after packing on mass. That’s something we’ll find out when Metcalf goes through the paces at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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Expert: Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: Feb. 22 (link)

Selection: Lonnie Johnson, CB, Kentucky

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

Analysis:Deandre Baker would be in the mix if the board fell this way, Johnson's length and athleticism combination is too appealing to pass here for a team in need of an alpha outside corner.

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Expert: Doug Farrar, TouchdownWire

Date of mock draft: Feb. 21 (link)

Selection: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

Analysis:The 2018 version of Andrew Luck benefited greatly from two things: Good health for the first time in years, and a Frank Reich-led offense that was one of the NFL’s most effective, especially in the passing game. That Luck threw for 39 touchdowns and nearly 4,600 yards with one true receiver amassing over 500 yards (T.Y. Hilton with 1,270) is further testament to Luck’s greatness and how well he fits into the best system he’s had since Bruce Arians was running his playbook. However, it’s time to give Luck a alpha dog alongside Hilton, and Harry would be an excellent choice. He’s not a top-level burner, but like Keenan Allen, he uses route understanding and subtle separation skills to get open. An advanced quarterback like Luck would love a receiver with Harry’s skill set on the roster.

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Expert: Kalyn Kahler, MMQB

Date of mock draft: Feb. 20 (link)

Selection: A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss

Analysis:Andrew Luck gets another offensive weapon in Brown, who would complement T.Y. Hilton nicely. Brown can make tough catches in traffic and has the size and strength to be a physical, catch-and-run possession threat.

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Expert: Charley Casserly, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: Feb. 19 (link)

Selection: Dre'Mont Jones, DL, Ohio State

Analysis:Versatile defensive lineman who fits the athletic mold that Indy wants.

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Expert: Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN

Date of mock draft: Feb. 18 (link; ESPN Insider access required)

Selection: A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss

Previous selections: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

Analysis:GM Chris Ballard had one of the league's best draft classes in 2018, and the Colts made a surprising run to the playoffs. They'll have this pick and the No. 34 overall pick from the Jets to continue to upgrade. Brown (6-1, 225) could be an effective No. 2 receiver next to T.Y. Hilton as Indianapolis tries to get better weapons around Andrew Luck. Brown had 2,572 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns over the past two seasons, and he's the second Ole Miss wideout off the board in my projection, after D.K. Metcalf to Buffalo at No. 9.

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Expert: Maurice Jones-Drew, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: Feb. 12 (link)

Selection: N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

Analysis:Another playmaker to help Andrew Luck, Harry is physical and will nicely complement T.Y. Hilton.

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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; The Athletic subscription required)

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: 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: Nick Klopsis, Newsday

Date of mock draft: Feb. 4 (link)

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

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