Indianapolis Colts Mock Draft Monday: Jan. 22

The Indianapolis Colts have the No. 3-overall pick in April’s NFL Draft. Here’s your latest compilation taking a look at which players the various experts believe will land in Indianapolis.

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Expert: Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network

Date of mock draft: Jan. 19 (link)

Selection: Bradley Chubb, defensive end, North Carolina State

Analysis: "*The Colts have several needs to address, but a premier pass rusher is at the top of the list.

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Expert:** Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN

Date of mock draft: Jan. 18 (link; requires ESPN Insider access)

Selection: Bradley Chubb, defensive end, North Carolina State

Analysis: "Indianapolis is in a good spot to take the best non-quarterback available, and the No. 1 pass-rusher in this class is Chubb. He has a tremendous motor and has been unblockable for two straight years. He has 46.5 tackles for loss since the beginning of the 2016 season. Chubb was the tone-setter for the Wolfpack, and coaches raved about him as a leader. The Colts ranked 31st in the league in sacks (25) this season, and Chubb is a great fit."

——————————Expert: Todd McShay, ESPN

Date of mock draft: Dec. 13, 2017 (link; requires ESPN Insider access)

Selection: Bradley Chubb, defensive end, North Carolina State

Analysis: "This team has needs all over, but it is one of the few in the top 10 that should be set at QB, with a (presumably) healthy Andrew Luck coming back next season. Without an offensive tackle worthy of such a high pick, I'm looking for edge help here. Chubb has a great skill set and a nonstop motor, and he has played his way into being a top-10 pick. He is a plug-and-play starter."

——————————Expert:Dan Kadar, SBNation

Date of mock draft:Jan. 22 (link)

Selection:Saquon Barkley, running back, Penn State

Analysis: "A player like Barkley could help the Colts more than a pass rusher like Bradley Chubb of North Carolina State. Indianapolis has a below-average run game, anchored by 34-year-old back Frank Gore."

——————————Expert:Steve Palazzolo, Pro Football Focus

Date of mock draft:Jan. 18 (link)

Selection:Maurice Hurst, defensive tackle, Michigan

Analysis: "The Colts can go a number of ways with this pick, but adding difference-makers on the defensive side must be an offseason priority. Hurst fits the bill as an interior disruptor, as he finished 2017 with the top grade at any position at 96.8. He notched 14 sacks, 29 QB hits and 70 hurries on 782 career rushes. He can also create havoc in the run game, as he ranked second in the nation with his run-defense grade of 94.2."

——————————Expert:Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft:Jan. 22 (link)

Selection:Minkah Fitzpatrick, cornerback, Alabama

Analysis: "The Colts are the wild card of the early selections in this draft, and they go secondary to fortify their defense. With Fitzpatick and Malik Hooker, Indianapolis will have two young and dynamic defensive backs to counter Deshaun Watson and Marcus Mariota."

——————————Expert:Josh Norris, Rotoworld

Date of mock draft:Jan. 9 (link)

Selection:Bradley Chubb, defensive end, North Carolina State

Analysis: "The Colts have a number of non-guaranteed contract decisions to make on the defensive side of the ball. The goal of this pick is to find a prospect who creates big plays. Saquon Barkley does that on offense, and Jim Irsay insinuated he'd be in favor of this pick, but the perceived best edge rusher in the country would be ideal as well."

——————————Expert:Tyler Conway, Bleacher Report

Date of mock draft:Jan. 22 (link)

Selection:Saquon Barkley, running back, Penn State

Analysis: "Colts owner Jim Irsay all but tipped his hand at wanting to draft Barkley earlier this month, noting he wants a star running back behind Andrew Luck. "You put [Andrew Luck] on that field healed up, and all the sudden you put an Edgerrin James-type of player, maybe, with that bigger, faster, stronger, and let this man continue the job that he's already begun to do," Irsay told reporters. "This is going to be a special place to be and a special place to play." Acquiring Barkley would be a huge boost as Luck looks to get his career back on track following a lost 2017. The Penn State product is arguably the best player in this class: a three-down back who combines stellar top-end speed with power and pass-catching ability out of the backfield. He has potential to be the best running back in the NFL from the moment he steps on the field and will assuredly be better than the plodding of Frank Gore's recent seasons."

——————————Expert:Eric Galko, Sporting News

Date of mock draft:Jan. 17 (link)

Selection:Orlando Brown, offensive tackle, Oklahoma

Analysis: "The Colts are in a great spot at No. 3. Their three biggest needs are offensive tackle, edge rusher and running back, and they have three high-end prospects to choose from here. Offensive tackle would be my pick, as keeping Andrew Luck healthy is more important than giving him rushing support or defensive help."

——————————Expert:Walter Cherepinsky, WalterFootball.com

Date of mock draft:Jan. 18 (link)

Selection:Bradley Chubb, defensive end, North Carolina State

Analysis: "Indianapolis has some nice edge rushers in Jabaal Sheard and John Simon, but neither is the elite talent Bradley Chubb happens to be. With Saquon Barkley off the board, Chubb is one of the two best players available. The Colts don't need a safety (Minkah Fitzpatrick), and it might be too early to select a guard (Quenton Nelson), so Chubb makes the most sense at No. 3 overall. Chubb steadily moved up my mock drafts during the season. At 6-4, 275, Chubb has a great blend of size and speed, and he's been dominant this season. There's some talk that Chubb is viewed as the top defensive prospect in NFL circles."

——————————Expert:Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

Date of mock draft:Jan. 19 (link)

Selection:Bradley Chubb, defensive end, North Carolina State

Analysis: "The Colts grab an edge defender who can be the building block for their defense and a potential franchise defensive player. Chubb totaled 73 tackles with 25 for a loss, 10 sacks, three forced fumbles and two passes batted in 2017. He was awesome against Florida State, making some huge plays to lead N.C. State to a road upset with two sacks, a forced fumble and seven tackles. Chubb dominated the competition in 2017, playing like a top-10 pick. The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Chubb has scheme flexibility and has been a tough defender for the Wolfpack. He has good quickness for a big defensive end and has shown the ability to get off blocks with his strength and hand usage. Chubb has developed some variety in pass-rushing moves and looks like an asset as a future three-down starter in the NFL. In 2016, he totaled 58 tackles with 22 tackles for a loss, 10.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and one pass batted. As a sophomore in 2015, Chubb collected 5.5 sacks."

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