Indianapolis Colts Mock Draft Monday: March 5

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:Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft:March 5 (link)

Selection:Bradley Chubb, defensive end, North Carolina State

Analysis: "In this scenario, the Colts phones will be blowing up with trade offers. Instead of accepting a deal, they stay put and pick the best defensive end in this class in Chubb, a Cameron Jordan-type player."——————————Expert:Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

Date of mock draft:March 5 (link)

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Selection: **Bradley Chubb, defensive end, North Carolina State

Analysis: "II think the Colts will likely trade down. If they are stuck at No. 3, they will have a tough decision between Saquon Barkley and Chubb. When you add in the thinking of the second-round pick, you would lean toward Chubb because this is a strong running back draft and a good running back is definitely going to get to Indianapolis' second-round pick. The dropoff from Barkley to those players is not gigantic. That is not the case with an edge rusher, however. If the Colts take Barkley, there is a massive dropoff in talent for the edge-rushing and front seven players in Round 2. For example, the Colts would get more talent and a better tandem of picks with Bradley Chubb and Derrius Guice or Kerryon Johnson, versus Saquon Barkley and Harold Landry or Duke Ejiofor. Indianapolis needs an edge defender who can be the building block for its defense and a potential franchise defensive player. Chubb could fit that for the Colts. 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, 269-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."

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

Date of mock draft:March 5 (link)

Selection:Bradley Chubb, defensive end, North Carolina State

Analysis: "The Colts desperately need a defense changing pass-rusher like Chubb, the best non-quarterback in the draft. He can be their new leader on defense."

——————————Expert:Peter Schrager, NFL.com

Date of mock draft:March 1 (link)

Selection:Bradley Chubb, defensive end, North Carolina State

Analysis: "The three spot could be a hot commodity, considering QB is not a need for the Colts. Chubb is viewed as this draft's top defensive player."

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

Date of mock draft:Feb. 28 (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:Luke Easterling, Draftwire/USA Today

Date of mock draft:Feb. 27 (link)

Selection:Quenton Nelson, guard, Notre Dame

Analysis: "There's a huge need for a pass-rusher, so Bradley Chubb would make plenty of sense here, too. But protecting Andrew Luck and setting him up for success (once he's fully healthy) is the prime objective in Indy, and Nelson is arguably the best overall prospect in this class."

——————————Expert:Chad Reuter, NFL.com

Date of mock draft:Feb. 27 (link)

Selection:Bradley Chubb, defensive end, North Carolina State

Analysis: "The Colts finished second-to-last in the league last year with 25 sacks. Chubb is also strong vs. the run, making him the top defensive player in the draft."——————————

Expert:Dan Kadar, SBNation

Date of mock draft:Feb. 26 (link)

Selection:Bradley Chubb, defensive end, North Carolina State

Analysis: "If (Penn State running back Saquon) Barkley is gone and the Colts don't trade back, they'll likely be choosing between Chubb and Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson. Chubb would give the Colts an NFL-ready pass rusher for defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus."

——————————Expert:R.J. White, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft:Feb. 22 (link)

Selection:Bradley Chubb, defensive end, North Carolina State

Analysis: "*With (Penn State running back Saquon) Barkley off the board, the Colts pivot to taking the best pass-rusher in the class. Kansas City enjoyed a wealth of pass-rushers when Colts GM Chris Ballard was with the team, adding Dee Ford in the first round in 2014 despite already having Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. The Colts need to boost their pass rush after recording just 25 sacks in 2017 (31st in NFL), and Chubb would have an immediate impact. *"

——————————Expert: Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN

Date of mock draft: Feb. 21 (link; requires ESPN Insider access)

Selection: Bradley Chubb, defensive end, North Carolina State

Analysis: "No change with the Colts, who don't need a quarterback and can grab the draft's best pass-rusher. They ranked 31st in the NFL in sacks (25) last season. Chubb had 46.5 tackles for loss over the past two seasons. New defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus came over from Dallas, where Rod Marinelli and the Cowboys ran a 4-3 defense. Chubb is a great fit in a 4-3 as an edge rusher."

——————————Expert: Albert Breer, Sports Illustrated/MMQB

Date of mock draft:Feb. 21 (link)

Selection:Bradley Chubb, defensive end, North Carolina State

Analysis: "Chubb might be the safest pick in the draft (though that can be the kiss of death, ask Aaron Curry), and he fulfills Chris Ballard's desire to get more athletically imposing at a premium position."

——————————Expert:Charles Davis, NFL.com

Date of mock draft:Feb. 20 (link)

Selection:Bradley Chubb, defensive end, North Carolina State

Analysis: "The best edge rusher in the draft. Chubb will provide the Colts their best pressure since the days of Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis."

——————————Expert:Dion Caputi, National Football Post

Date of mock draft:Feb. 19 (link)

Selection:Bradley Chubb, defensive end, North Carolina State

Analysis: "Though Indy's rush offense was poor in 2017 its defense ranked 30th in yards (conceded) per game 31st in sacks and Chubb is consistently dominant. This running back class may be the best in history – fry that fish later."

——————————Expert:Charley Casserly, NFL.com

Date of mock draft:Feb. 13 (link)

Selection:Saquon Barkley, running back, Penn State

Analysis: "Andrew Luck gets a dominant runner."——————————Expert:Josh Norris, Rotoworld

Date of mock draft:Feb. 12 (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: Todd McShay, ESPN

Date of mock draft: Feb. 6 (link; requires ESPN Insider access)

Selection: Bradley Chubb, defensive end, North Carolina State

Analysis: "Indianapolis has needs all over the roster but is one of the few teams in the top 10 that should be set at QB, assuming Andrew Luck comes back healthy. One of their needs is an edge rusher, and Chubb is the best one available. He's a grinder with a great motor and has played his way into being a top-10 pick. The Colts will be another potential team looking to trade back if someone wants to move up for a QB."

——————————Expert: Matt Miller, Bleacher Report

Date of mock draft: Feb. 5 (link)

Selection: Bradley Chubb, defensive end, North Carolina State

Analysis: "If the Indianapolis Colts keep this pick instead of trading out to a quarterback-needy team, I expect NC State's Bradley Chubb to be the selection. Of course, it's early February and that could change, but the big pass-rusher is exactly what this team lacks. Chubb has power in his 275-pound frame and uses it well to shed blockers, but he's much more agile than one would expect from someone his size. He can stand up and rush the quarterback or put his hand in the dirt to crash the backfield. Chubb's scheme versatility is a sell in today's NFL when defenses rarely stay in a base 4-3 or 3-4. If not a trade out or Chubb, the Colts front office could go "best player available" here and draft Saquon Barkley from Penn State. It wouldn't be a huge surprise to load up the offense, but the needs on defense make it more likely right now that Chubb is the pick."

——————————Expert: Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: Jan. 30 (link)

Selection: Bradley Chubb, defensive end, North Carolina State

Analysis: "Rugged defender with a power-based game that overwhelms blockers on the edge."

——————————Expert: Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: Jan. 30 (link)

Selection: Bradley Chubb, defensive end, North Carolina State

Analysis: "The Colts could go in several directions with this pick, but adding Chubb would address a need without them having to reach to do so."

——————————Expert:Bryan Fischer, Athlon Sports & Life

Date of mock draft:Jan. 30 (link)

Selection:Bradley Chubb, defensive end, North Carolina State

Analysis: "With enough quarterbacks still on the board, chances are high that the new Colts brain trust pulls a Bill Belichick and trades back to add more picks. If Indy stays put though, it's going to be hard to pass up the best defensive player in the draft in Chubb, who will help provide a pass rush to a team that desperately needs one and provide a young building block in the trenches for the team."

——————————Expert: Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network

Date of mock draft: Jan. 26 (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."

——————————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."

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