The Experts Have Spoken: Who Will The Colts Pick In The 2020 NFL Draft?

After months of speculation, the 2020 NFL Draft is finally here. The Indianapolis Colts enter tonight's first round of action with seven total picks, starting with the No. 34- and No. 44-overall selections in the second round. Who are the experts predicting will land in Indianapolis over the next three days? Here's one final mock draft collection.


INDIANAPOLIS — After months of speculation, the 2020 NFL Draft is finally here. The Indianapolis Colts enter tonight's first round of action with seven total picks, starting with the No. 34- and No. 44-overall selections in the second round.

Who are the experts predicting will land in Indianapolis with those two picks over the next three days? Will the Colts trade back up into the first round?

Here's today's final breakdown by player (second-round selections unless otherwise noted):

  • Jordan Love, QB, Utah State: 11 selections (four trade-ups into first round)
  • Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC: 10 selections
  • Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State: 5 selections
  • Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson: 5 selections
  • Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor: 5 selections
  • Robert Hurt, G/T, Louisiana-Lafayette: 3 selections
  • Jacob Eason, QB, Washington: 2 selections
  • A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa: 2 selections
  • Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame: 2 selections
  • Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah: 2 selections
  • Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin: 2 selections
  • Zack Baun, DE, Wisconsin: 1 selection
  • Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU: 1 selection
  • Harrison Bryant, TE, Florida Atlantic: 1 selection
  • K'Lavon Chaisson, LSU: 1 selection
  • Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois: 1 selection
  • Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama: 1 selection
  • Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne: 1 selection
  • Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU: 1 selection
  • Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU: 1 selection
  • Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State: 1 selection (trade-up into first round)
  • Terrell Lewis, DE, Alabama: 1 selection
  • Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU: 1 selection
  • D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia: 1 selection

Let's get to the mock drafts, sorted by date:


Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State & Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah

Expert: Charlie Campbell, / April 23 (link)

On Aiyuk: "The Colts need a third receiver to go with T.Y. Hilton and Parris Campbell. Aiyuk had a big jump in production from his junior to senior year, and that helped to land him an invitation to the Senior Bowl. After catching only 33 passes for 474 yards and three scores in 2018, Aiyuk jumped to 65 receptions for 1,192 yards and eight scores as a senior. The 5-foot-11, 201-pounder has quality size to him as well."

On Johnson: "The Colts could use more cornerback talent. Johnson recorded 36 tackles with 11 passes broken up and two interceptions in 2019. He put together a strong 2018 season for Utah with four interceptions, four breakups and 41 tackles. As a freshman, he recorded 25 tackles with an interceptions and six passes broken up. The 6-foot, 193-pounder has quality height and ball skills, but pro evaluators are very concerned with how skinny Johnson is, especially in the lower body. They're worried that Johnson will get pushed around by pro receivers. Johnson could be better off returning for his senior year to add weight before going to the NFL."

Other Colts selections: Yasir Durant, T, Missouri (No. 75); Van Jefferson, WR, Florida (No. 122); Kindle Vildor, CB, Georgia Southern (No. 160); Colton McKivitz, T, West Virginia (No. 193); and McTelvin Agim, DE, Arkansas (No. 197)


Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State & Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah

Expert: Walter Cherepinksy, / April 23 (link)

On Aiyuk: "The Colts will need to add a receiver to go along with T.Y. Hilton and Parris Campbell."

On Johnson: "The Colts lost Pierre Desir this offseason, and yet they already needed cornerback help. They'll need to address this position in the second round. Jaylon Johnson has nice size (6-0, 190) and ball skills. He had a great 2018 campaign."

Other Colts selections: Yasir Durant, T, Mossouri (No. 75); Jacob Eason, QB, Washington (No. 122); Jacob Breeland, TE, Oregon (No. 160); McTelvin Agim, DE, Arkansas (No. 193); and Isaiah Rodgers, CB, UMass (No. 197)


Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois & Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC

Expert: Zach Hicks, Stampede Blue / April 23 (link)

Note: Hicks has the Colts trading the 34th-overall pick to the Denver Broncos for the 46th-, 95th- and 181st-overall picks, and has Indy taking Chinn at No. 44 overall and Pittman Jr. at No. 46 overall.

On Chinn: "Would it really be a Chris Ballard draft class if he didn't shock us all with an FCS defender in the second round? On a more serious note, Chinn may not be at a position of need for the Colts but what he can do is way too intriguing to pass up at this spot. Chinn is an elite athlete who tested out of this world at the Combine, running a 4.45 while recording a vertical jump of 41" and a broad jump of 138". On film, the thing that really pops is his versatility as he has experience playing safety, linebacker, and nickel corner even. For the Colts, taking a player like Chinn would not spell the end for either Malik Hooker or Khari Willis on defense. What it would do though is add a versatile and insanely athletic chess piece to a defense that desperately needs that. Think of how the Los Angeles Chargers use Derwin James. While Chinn isn't that caliber of player, he can fill that roll for a defense and provide value at multiple different spots. On top of all that, he is also a Team Captain, a Senior Bowl player, and he grew up in the Indianapolis area. I think when you add in all of these factors, Chinn is an obvious target for the Colts in round two."

On Pittman Jr.: "It is no secret that the Colts need a wide receiver in this class. Perhaps the best fit in this entire draft for the current make-up of the Colts is Michael Pittman Jr. A big bodied player, Pittman Jr excels in traffic and plays with excellent physicality at the catch point. While he is a big bodied player who excels in contested catches, he is also extremely smooth in his routes and with his lateral ability. He does need to improve his releases a bit but he projects well as a starting X receiver in the NFL. With Philip Rivers as the starting quarterback for the near future, the Colts need to look for big bodied receivers for him in this class. With Pittman Jr they get the best of both worlds as he is that big bodied guy but he projects well as a route runner too at the next level. He is also a Team Captain and Senior Bowl standout to go along with those traits. All in all, the Colts would be getting a perfect complement to Parris Campbell and T.Y Hilton on the outside in Pittman Jr."

Other Colts picks: Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia (No. 75); Kenny Willekes, DE, Michigan State (No. 95); Robert Hunt, G/T, Louisiana-Lafayette (No. 122); Anthony Gordon, QB, Washington State (No. 160); Jake Breeland, TE, Oregon (No. 181); Danny Pinter, T/G, Ball State (No. 193); and Joe Reed, WR, Virginia (No. 197)


Robert Hunt, G/T, Louisiana-Lafayette & Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

Expert: Josh Edwards, CBS Sports / April 23 (link)

On Hunt: "Indianapolis addresses the interior offensive line with a really promising player. Hunt has a wide base and is going to grind it out in the run game."

On Higgins: "Indianapolis gets a rather large receiver to pair with T.Y. Hilton. They need more than one option for Philip Rivers, who has been accustomed to having Mike Williams and Keenan Allen. In an ideal world, Parris Campbell would develop into a contributor as well."


Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State & Terrell Lewis, DE, Alabama

Expert: Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News / April 23 (link)

On Aiyuk: "With T.Y. Hilton and Zach Pascal looking like the starters for the outside, the Colts need to give Philip Rivers more dynamic playmaking inside. Aiyuk (6-0, 205 pounds) fits the profile of an impactful slot receiver with quickness made to make big plays after the catch and enough speed to get vertical down the middle, too."

On Lewis: "The Colts have had a close eye on this prospect to boost their pass rush opposite Justin Houston, who is 31 and will become a free agent in 2021. Lewis (6-5, 262 pounds) carries the potential to get to the quarterback consistently with natural quickness and explosiveness."


Jordan Love, QB, Utah State & Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor

Expert: Matt Miller, Bleacher Report / April 23 (link)

Other Colts picks: Prince Tega Wanogho, T, Auburn (No. 75); Brandon Jones, S, Texas (No. 122); Dalton Keene, TE, Virginia Tech (No. 160); D.J. Wonnum, DE, South Carolina; and Harrison Hand, CB, Temple (No. 197)


Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State

Expert: R.J. White, CBS Sports / April 23 (link)

Note: White did not do a second-round mock draft, but projected the Colts acquiring the 31st-overall pick from the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for the 34th- and 122nd-overall picks, and then selecting Gross-Matos at No. 31 overall.

On Gross-Matos: "These two teams hooked up on the DeForest Buckner trade earlier this offseason, and with the 49ers looking to move back and add mid-round picks, the Colts are able to jump a few spots by dangling No. 122. Gross-Matos would be a value pick at this spot for anyone who lands him."


Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson & Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU

Expert: Phillip B. Wilson, AllColts / April 23 (link)

On Higgins: "So many choices in such a deep wide receiver class, but Higgins' size and ability to consistently come down with contested catches against the best college athletes eventually won out. The Colts haven't had a legit, reliable wide receiver with size since Reggie Wayne. Not saying Higgins will be as good as "Reg," but he's a fierce competitor who knows how to use his wiry, 6-4 frame to get good position for footballs thrown high, and Colts quarterback Philip Rivers has always liked putting the balls up there and giving targets a chance to make a play."

On Edwards-Helaire "Adding Burton in free agency means the Colts don't need to take Kmet, who is arguably the best tight end in this draft. And because the stock is rising on Edwards-Helaire, the Colts might surprise some by taking a running back. But fact is, Marlon Mack is entering a contract year and is a speed rusher with a tendency to get nicked up. Edwards-Helaire provides power to go with speed and would give the Colts an excellent 1-2 backfield punch."

Other Colts selections: Jonathan Greenard, DE, Florida (No. 75); K'Von Wallace, S, Clemson (No. 122); Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State (No. 160); Stephen Guidry, WR, Mississippi State (No. 193); and Jon Runyan, T, Michigan (No. 197)


Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC & Robert Hunt, G/T, Louisiana-Lafayette

Expert: Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports / April 23 (link)

On Pittman Jr.: "Pittman is 6-4, ran a 4.5 40 at the combine and excels on special teams too. He'll have a chance to thrive in an offense led by Philip Rivers."

On Hunt: "The Colts have to protect Philip Rivers. Hunt, who played tackle in college, is a Day 1 starter on the interior in the NFL."

Other Colts selections: Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton (No. 75)


Jordan Love, QB, Utah State & Zack Baun, DE, Wisconsin

Expert: / April 23 (link)

Other Colts picks: Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame (No. 75)


Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC & Robert Hunt, G/T, Louisiana-Lafayette

Expert: Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports / April 23 (link)

On Pittman Jr.: "Pittman is 6-4, ran a 4.5 40 at the combine and excels on special teams too. He'll have a chance to thrive in an offense led by Philip Rivers."

On Hunt: "The Colts have to protect Philip Rivers. Hunt, who played tackle in college, is a Day 1 starter on the interior in the NFL."

Other Colts selections: Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton (No. 75)


Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State & Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne

Expert: Joel A. Erickson and Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star / April 22 (link)

On Aiyuk: "I think there are two star-caliber receivers left on the board, Higgins and Aiyuk. I love Aiyuk for all the same reasons I think the Colts will. He's an explosive athlete who is electric after the catch. A YAC machine. Frank Reich will give defensive coordinators nightmares drawing up plays for T.Y. Hilton, Parris Campbell and Aiyuk."

On Dugger: "Man, Dugger just feels like a Ballard pick. He's an explosive, rangy athlete (4.49 40-yard dash) from a small school who plays a violent brand of football. That sound like Darius Leonard to anyone else? I love the idea of Eberflus deploying him all over the field, covering backs, tight ends and bigger wide receivers in the passing game and up near the line of scrimmage on run downs. Oh, and he'll contribute on special teams from Day 1. He was a lethal return man in college. Yeah, that's it. He's the guy."

Other Colts selections: Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame (No. 75)


Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

Expert: Kevin Hanson, MMQB / April 22 (link)

Note: Hanson did not do a second-round mock draft, but projected the Colts acquiring the 31st-overall pick from the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for the 34th- and 122nd-overall picks, and then selecting Love at No. 31 overall.

On Love: "With no picks again until Round 5, the 49ers will actively look to trade back. The further Love slides to the end of Round 1, the more it would entice the Colts to move up for the chance to have a fifth-year option on him. Love has been described by one NFL head coach as a "poor man's (Patrick) Mahomes" due to his live arm, plus mobility and improvisational skills. The current environment makes it difficult for rookies to start, but the high-upside signal-caller would have an adjustment year in this scenario as he sits behind Philip Rivers and Jacoby Brissett, both of whom are free agents in 2021."


Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson & Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

Expert: Danny Kelly, The Ringer / April 22 (link)

On Higgins: "The Colts are going all in on the 2020 season after signing Philip Rivers, and Higgins should give the team's new veteran signal-caller a Mike Williams–like deep threat and red-zone target."

On Taylor: "After grabbing a playmaking receiver in Higgins earlier in the round, Indy adds a big-time runner here. The former Badgers back has bell-cow size and home-run-hitting speed. He should have no trouble finding daylight behind the Colts' top-tier offensive line."


Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

Expert: Joe Marino, The Draft Network / April 22 (link)

Note: Marino did not do a second-round mock draft, but projected the Colts acquiring the 27th-overall pick from the Seattle Seahawks, and then selecting Love.

On Love: "The Colts roster is too good for them to not have a long-term plan in place to succeed Philip Rivers after this season. Frank Reich and his outstanding coaching staff can get the most out of Jordan Love by giving him time to develop behind Rivers and take the reigns in 2021."


Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State & Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

Expert: Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports / April 22 (link)

Note: Trapasso has the Colts moving up in the second round, acquiring the No. 41-overall pick in a trade with the Cleveland Browns for the 44th- and 122nd-overall picks, and then taking Love at No. 41.

On Aiyuk: "This is a stellar selection for the Colts because of Aiyuk's size/explosive combination."

On Love: "In this mock, the Colts nearly picked Love with their first pick in the second round, but as he slipped, Chris Ballard decided to make the call to trade up to get him."


Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC & Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame

Expert: Kevin Bowen, 1075 The Fan / April 21 (link)

On Pittman Jr.: "With Jordan Love slotting into the middle of Round 1, the Colts decided to go ahead and tap into the deep wide receiver draft class and try to address their most pressing need. In Pittman, the Colts are getting a 6-4, 223-pound wideout who has shown good film against press coverage and a consistency in catching the football. He's not a crazy testing athlete, but he does have some short-area quickness that should help him separate a bit at the next level. Pittman caught 101 balls for 1,275 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. His ability to high-point jump balls and come down with them is a big strength. He checks the boxes of being a team captain and participating in the Senior Bowl. Pittman is the son of former NFL running back Michael Pittman."

On Kmet: "In my (somewhat biased) opinion, Kmet is the top tight end in the draft. Look deeper than just the 3-year totals for Kmet at Notre Dame. He's the latest product of 'Tight End U.' Kmet was a baseball pitcher at Notre Dame, so there's potential in his 6-5, 262-pound frame. He's a great looking athlete who will now be concentrating on one sport. There's no concern of character with Kmet. While Adam Trautman (Dayton) has some attractive traits and a guy like Colby Parkinson (Stanford) later would be other fits at tight end, Kmet offers intrigue in giving this team a potential Pro Bowl TE to groom with whoever is the answer at long-term quarterback."

Other Colts picks: Anthony Gordon, QB, Washington State (No. 75); Matthew Peart, T, Connecticut (No. 122); K'Von Wallace, DB, Clemson (No. 160); Lawrence Cager, WR, Georgia (No. 193); and Anthony McFarland, RB, Maryland (No. 197)


Jordan Love, QB, Utah State & Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

Expert: Luke Easterling, The Draft Wire / April 21 (link)

Other Colts picks: Darrell Taylor, DE, Tennessee (No. 75) and Troy Pride Jr., CB, Notre Dame (No. 122)


Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor & K'Lavon Chaisson, LSU

Expert: Pro Football Focus Analysts / April 21 (link)

Other Colts picks: D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia (No. 75)


Jordan Love, QB, Utah State & Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU

Expert: / April 21 (link)

On Love: "GM Chris Ballard told the media last week that he would not "Force it" when contemplating a pick of QB in the 2020 NFL Draft. In DraftTek's final CMD of the draft season, I used a GRAB on Utah State's Jordan Love --just in case he dropped into RD2. He did. Love is reported to have had some contact with Indy during their preliminary draft due diligence --and so he might be the pick here. That's IF he's available at #34. However, if Love is not as high on the Colts' Big Board at this selection point, the player could very well be a much-needed wide receiver. Or a Tight End. Or a Safety, Offensive or a Defensive Lineman. Trading down is also a very real possibility as well, but the bottom line is the Colts could go in any direction with two picks out of the first 12 of RD2."

On Blacklock: "Going with QB Jordan Love at pick #34, Indy goes with a beast in the front seven defensively with TCU's Ross Blacklock. GM Chris Ballard feels he has the defense nearly complete, after adding FA DeForest Buckner joined the Colts in a trade with San Francisco. Adding a young talent like Blacklock along with Buckner, plus getting Kemoko Turay, Ben Banogu, and Al-Quadin Muhammad (three other young stud DE's) would provide the Colts with a solid rotational arsenal up front. The Colts could go instead WITH Texas A&M's Justin Madubuike (another 3-tech) or WR Laviska Shenault here, or even OT/OG/TE/Safety. Lots of solid, starter-caliber talent available at this selection point."

Other Colts picks: Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan (No. 75); Logan Stenberg, G, Kentucky (No. 122); Antoine Brooks Jr., S, Maryland (No. 160); Charlie Heck, T, North Carolina (No. 193); and Reggie Robinson II, CB, Tulsa (No, 197)


Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC

Expert: Kevin Hickey, Colts Wire / April 20 (link)

Note: Hickey has the Colts trading the 34th-overall pick to the Minnesota Vikings for the 58th- and 89th-overall picks, and then taking Pittman Jr. with the 44th-overall pick.

On Pittman Jr.: "After trading back and adding an extra third, the Colts are likely to use one of their second-round picks on a wide receiver. Pittman Jr. is the perfect prospect for the Colts given his size, length and contested-catch ability on the boundary. He wins with physicality and has shown a knack for beating press coverage. He won't win with pure speed, but he gets enough separation to be a threat downfield and on the intermediate routes as a possession receiver. With Philip Rivers under center, Pittman Jr. would quickly become a favorite target. Addin that Pittman Jr. understands the NFL life from his father and was a senior captain with the Trojans, this pick makes too much sense."

Other Colts picks: Josh Uche, DE, Michigan (No. 58); Ashtyn Davis, S, California (No. 75); Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton (No. 89); James Morgan, QB, FIU (No. 122); Hakeem Adeniji, T, Kansas (No. 160); Tyrie Cleveland, WR, Florida (No. 193); and McTelvin Agim, DT, Arkansas (No. 197)


A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa & Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC

Expert: Zak Keefer, The Athletic / April 20 (link; subscription required)

On Epenesa.: "Epenesa might just be a player they can't afford to pass on: a power rusher with long arms (a critical trait for the Colts along the front seven) who could play a vital role on their defensive line for years to come. He's 6 foot 5 and 275 pounds and racked up 22 sacks in his final two years at Iowa. He's elite when it comes to the strip-sack — another important trait for the Colts, as they've stressed the need for more defensive turnovers in recent months — and forced nine fumbles as a Hawkeye."

On Pittman Jr.: "On our One Percent Better podcast last week, Brugler made a convincing case as to why the Colts would love Pittman entering this draft, and I'm buying. Calling him "a power forward-type receiver," Brugler said Pittman would offer the Indianapolis offense precisely what it lacked last season: a big-bodied pass-catcher capable of winning matchups with the ball in the air. It's one of the main reasons why the Colts went out and signed Devin Funchess before the 2019 season: they needed a skill set to complement T.Y. Hilton's vertical game."

Other Colts picks: Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame (No. 75); Anthony Gordon, QB, Washington State (No. 122); Dane Jackson, CB, Pittsburgh (No. 160); Anthony McFarland Jr., RB, Maryland (No. 193); and Quartney Davis, WR, Texas A&M (No. 197)


Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC & D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

Expert: Dan Schneier, CBS Sports / April 20 (link)

On Pittman Jr.: "The Colts are thrilled to get a big-bodied boundary WR who perfectly fits Philip Rivers' skill set. Jon Ledyard compared Pittman to Vincent Jackson and you can see it when you watch him consistently win on downfield throws with positioning, body control, and the ability to box out defenders (almost all of whom are smaller than him)."

On Swift: "The Colts have not committed long term to Marlon Mack for a reason, but they want to be a physical team and they have the offensive line to back it up. They can't pass on the value here even if it means giving up a position that is considered more of a need."

Other Colts picks: Matt Peart, T, Connecticut (No. 75)


Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

Expert: Bryan Fischer, Athlon Sports / April 17 (link)

Note: Fischer did not do a second-round mock draft, but did project the Colts acquiring the 27th-overall pick from the Seattle Seahawks for the 34th- and 160th-overall picks in 2020 and a future third-round pick, and taking Love at 27th-overall.

On Love: "The fanfare around Philip Rivers' signing really covered up the fact that it was just a one-year, win-now deal. There are still long-term concerns under center for a franchise that has blessed with luck (pun intended) under center for over two decades. Hence the move up (with No. 34, No. 160 and a future third) with a willing partner who loves to trade down. Indy gets their long-term face of the franchise in Love, who gets to learn from Rivers before taking over down the road."


Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU & Harrison Bryant, TE, Florida Atlantic

Expert: Chad Reuter, / April 17 (link)

Other Colts picks: Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia (No. 75); Van Jefferson, WR, Florida (No. 122); Tyler Bass, K, Georgia Southern (No. 160); Ashtyn Davis, S, California (No. 193); and Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas (No. 197)


Jordan Love, QB, Utah State & Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor

Expert: Bobby Sylvester, FantasyPros / April 15 (link)

Other Colts picks: Hunter Bryant, TE, Washington (No. 75)


Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor & Jacob Eason, QB, Washington

Expert: Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN / April 14 (link; ESPN Insider access required)

On Mims: "The Colts traded out of Round 1 when they added defensive tackle DeForest Buckner from the 49ers, and the loss of that pick stings less because they have Washington's second-rounder, which comes from the Redskins trading back into Round 1 last year (to add pass-rusher Montez Sweat). Injuries limited top wideout T.Y. Hilton to just 45 catches, and 2019 second-round pick Parris Campbell never got going. Mims is a freaky athlete who will catch a few deep balls from Philip Rivers."

On Eason: "Surprised? Don't be. Philip Rivers is a stopgap for a team trying to get back to the playoffs, and Jacoby Brissett is under contract only through the 2020 season. Eason, who has a massive arm and a 6-foot-6 frame, could be the perfect understudy for Rivers. Eason isn't ready to play immediately, so he needs a coaching staff that will be patient."


Jordan Love, QB, Utah State & Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC

Expert: Dane Brugler, The Athletic / April 13 (link; subscription required)

On Love: "There is a good chance a team trades into the first round to draft Love, but that could be the Colts or he could fall to them in the second round, giving the organization a quarterback succession plan for the future."

On Pittman: "Of all the picks in this mock draft, this might be my favorite fit. The Colts are looking for players with high football character and Pittman also fits the mold of the power forward receiver who can outrebound the football downfield."

Other Colts picks: Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton (No. 75); Brandon Jones, S, Texas (No. 122); Jason Strowbridge, DT, North Carolina (No. 160); DeeJay Dallas, RB, Miami (No. 193); and Brian Cole, DB, Mississippi State (No. 197)


Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC & Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

Expert: Michael Renner, Pro Football Focus / April 8 (link)

On Pittman Jr.: "Pittman is a far more sudden route-runner than the majority of receivers his size and dropped only five passes over his college career. He offers something the Colts don't currently have and pairs well with Philip Rivers."

On Taylor: "Taylor was born to run behind the Colts' dominant run-blocking offensive line. Give him a full head of steam, and he drags people. He averaged over 1,300 yards after contact per season at Wisconsin."


Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor & Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

Expert: Joe Hopkins, FOX59/CBS4 / April 7 (link)


Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

Expert: Dan Kadar, SBNation / April 6 (link)

Note: Kadar did not do a second-round mock draft, but did project the Colts acquiring the 27th-overall pick from the Seattle Seahawks and taking Love.

On Love: "Sure, the Colts went out and acquired Philip Rivers, but he's only on a one-year contract. Colts general manager Chris Ballard could get aggressive to snag a potential future franchise quarterback. It should come as no surprise, however, to see Seattle drop out of the first round."


Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson & Jacob Eason, QB, Washington

Expert: Stephen Holder, The Athletic / April 2 (link; subscription required)

On Higgins: "Whether Higgins is available at this spot is very much an open question. He has tantalizing play-making ability and makes the jump to the NFL after a productive career (27 touchdown receptions). But for our purposes, we're going to bank on Higgins' questionable speed and athletic testing being a detriment that might knock him into Day 2 of the draft. A bummer for Higgins but, potentially, a win for Indianapolis. Higgins is exactly the receiver the Colts lack: A big body who can play outside and make contested catches while also possessing the ability to be a consistent deep threat. The Colts were seeking this kind of skill set when they signed Devin Funchess in free agency last spring, only to see him sustain a season-ending injury in Week 1. Here, we have a player with comparable size (6 foot 4, 216 pounds) but, arguably, more explosive potential than Funchess (who recently signed with the Packers after his one-year contract expired). Higgins has drawn comparisons to players like A.J. Green of the Bengals, and the parallels are certainly there. Watch him and you also might see shades of Courtland Sutton, who has quickly become a star for the Broncos. Another borderline first-round receiver is Denzel Mims, a player the Colts have been connected to. Both could fill the role of an "X" receiver, who typically occupies the outside spot on the wide side of the field. But if both were available at this spot, my preference is Higgins. Why? He has a couple of dimensions in his game that Mims does not, including the ability to generate more yards after the catch and break tackles, as well as potentially elite body control. The latter characteristic, combined with his size, is going to allow Higgins to make the kind of tough catches he must against tight NFL man-to-man coverage. We can't overlook Higgins' biggest knock: His pedestrian athleticism. He ran in the mid-4.5's in the 40-yard dash at his pro day and his 31-inch vertical jump will produce yawns. But watch his play and it's difficult to argue that any of these realities severely limited him. Let's see if he can continue to overcome them as a pro."

On Eason: "Look, you're not getting a perfect quarterback prospect in the second round. Instead, what you're looking for is a raw player with a huge upside (think Lamar Jackson) or a player who has some established, elite qualities that you can build around. Eason is the latter of those two types. His arm strength and size are prototypical. At a hair under 6-6 and 231 pounds, Eason looks the part. On the field, when he's slinging deep balls, Eason sends your imagination into overdrive. Then there are the areas where he is lacking. You'd like to see more consistency in his accuracy, for example. He was completing more than 70 percent of his attempts through five games in 2019. But he finished the season with a 64.2-percent completion rate after some uneven performances later in the year. Eason also has athletic limitations that will define him as a pocket passer, reducing a team's ability to try many of the newer quarterback concepts we're seeing in today's NFL. But if you consider the fact that Colts coach Frank Reich just pushed to seal a deal with Philip Rivers – one of the least mobile quarterbacks in the NFL – perhaps this isn't a problem in the Colts offense. Even with freakishly athletic Andrew Luck at his disposal, Reich didn't go to great lengths to implement Luck's running ability into his play-calling. The bottom line with Eason is this: If you're looking for a quarterback who can develop, why not opt for one who is skilled at doing the primary thing in the position's job description? Eason has the big arm and that gives him a chance to succeed at the next level. Before moving on, a quick note. There was some temptation here to go with Jalen Hurts of Oklahoma. He is a wild card in this draft because he has such unique athleticism and underrated quarterbacking skills. It would be interesting to see what Reich could cook up with such a player, especially given his revelation this week that he's contemplating using Jacoby Brissett in select RPO (run-pass option) situations. Point is, maybe we shouldn't rule out Hurts, even though I'm going with Eason."

Other Colts picks: Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue (No. 75); Hakeem Adeniji, T, Kansas (No. 122); Julian Blackmon, S, Utah (No. 160); Carter Coughlin, DE, Minnesota (No. 193); and Keith Ismael, G/C, San Diego State (No. 197)


Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC & Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame

Expert: Todd McShay, ESPN / March 30 (link; ESPN Insider access required)

On Pittman Jr.: "After trading out of Round 1, this pick is pretty important for the Colts. And with quarterback Philip Rivers on a one-year, go-for-it deal, GM Chris Ballard has to find the veteran a reliable pass-catcher. Pittman can flash in the vertical game, find pockets in coverage and adjust his body in motion to make the catch."

On Kmet: "Finally, a tight end comes off the board. The Colts already have Jack Doyle in the locker room, but they also lost Eric Ebron, and Philip Rivers loves finding his tight ends. Kmet can make the tough, contested catches."


Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU & A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa

Expert: Eric Edholm, Yahoo Sports / March 25 (link)

On Reagor: "Reagor looked a bit too bulky at the combine, but his open-field juice could give this offense a boost."

On Epenesa: "GM Chris Ballard is nothing if not an opportunist. Landing a sliding Epenesa, who fits a need, would be savvy."

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