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Indianapolis Colts 2021 Mock Draft Monday: March 22

The Colts have the 21st-overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Which players do various draft experts believe will land in Indianapolis? Check out this week's Mock Draft Monday.

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts have the 21st-overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Take a look at which players the various experts believe will land in Indy in the March 22nd edition of Mock Draft Monday.

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Selection: Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia

Expert: Dalton Miller, Pro Football Network

Date of mock draft: March 21 (link)

Analysis: "He's still growing as an edge setter, but his will to be the best is obvious in the way he plays."

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Selection: Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama

Expert: Lance Zierlein, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: March 19 (link)

Analysis: "GM Chris Ballard could opt for cornerback help, but he usually looks to build his fronts. Barmore offers both run-stuffing potential and upfield rush from the interior."

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Selection: Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama

Expert: Emory Hunt, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: March 19 (link)

Analysis: "Losing Anthony Costanzo to retirement creates a bit of a void on that side, which adding Alex Leatherwood helps fill. I feel like he is the forgotten man in this excellent tackle class."

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Selection: Greg Newsome, CB, Northwestern

Expert: Mike Kaye, NJ.com

Date of mock draft: March 19 (link)

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Selection: Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia

Expert: Mark Schofield, TouchdownWire

Date of mock draft: March 18 (link)

Analysis: "Ojulari needs to build out his repertoire of pass-rushing moves, as right now he relies primarily on speed around the edge, but the upside is immense. As is his length, and you can see the ability for him to develop a powerful long-arm move that could be extremely effective in the NFL. This is an interesting EDGE class, but Ojulari's potential makes him an interesting option in the first round."

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Selection: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

Expert: Josh Edwards, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: March 18 (link)

Analysis: "T.Y. Hilton is a free agent and Indianapolis has little in the passing game beyond Michael Pittman. Toney would give Carson Wentz another weapon."

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Selection: Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame

Expert: Rob Rang, Fox Sports

Date of mock draft: March 17 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts need pass rushers and pass protectors and this year's stellar tackle class could help make the first-round decision easy. Eichenberg is not an elite athlete but he's smart, tough and reliable – just like his predecessor in Indianapolis, Anthony Castonzo."

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Selection: Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami

Expert: Matt Williamson, Pro Football Network

Date of mock draft: March 17 (link)

Analysis: "Offensive tackle could absolutely be at play here as well, but the tapeJaelan Phillips _put out from last year was just too good to pass up. This is a defense that wants to drop seven into coverage, and adding a difference-maker like Phillips to the mix would make that much easier to pull off."_

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Selection: Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami

Expert: Brad Spielberger, Pro Football Focus

Date of mock draft: March 15 (link)

Analysis: "Rousseau is a lot to deal with, using his lengthy 6-foot-7 frame to hand fight tackles. He burst onto the scene in 2019 as a redshirt freshman, putting up 15.5 sacks. Rousseau opted out of the 2020 campaign, but the Colts can look to replace the void left behind byJustin Houstonsooner rather than later."

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Selection: Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama

Expert: Adam Hermann, NBC Sports Philadelphia

Date of mock draft: March 15 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts' defense had a great 2020, and Indy should want to double down on that strength to help Carson Wentz (remember him, Eagles fans?) not feel the pressure. Barmore had a very solid 2020 with the Tide, racking up 8.0 sacks, 9.5 tackles for loss, and three forced fumbles."

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Selection: Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan

Expert: Adam Hermann, NBC Sports Philadelphia

Date of mock draft: March 15 (link)

Analysis: "According to Pro Football Focus'sTimo Riske, the Colts are the best-drafting team in the NFL since 2017, so I give them a little slack when they come in closer to the bottom of my Draft Surplus Value rankings. Being relatively unpredictable and trading down in the draft are two hallmarks of general manager Chris Ballard's tenure in Indianapolis. Athletic pass-rusher Kwity Paye is my selection for the Colts. He's being selected below his EDP by a little bit here, which speaks to the quality of the edge rusher class overall, but that doesn't mean that Paye isn't worthy of the selection or that he couldn't thrive in the Colts defense with his elite athleticism and technique."

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Selection: Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State

Expert: Joe Marino, The Draft Network

Date of mock draft: Mar. 15 (link)

Analysis: "Jenkins is a physical, powerful, and nasty blocker that is always looking for pancake blocks. A left side of the offensive line of Quenton Nelson and Jenkins is capable of blasting open holes in the run game for Jonathan Taylor and building one of the NFL's most imposing rushing attacks. General manager Chris Ballard should be salivating over this idea."

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Selection: Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas

Expert: Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: Mar. 15 (link)

Analysis: "Anthony Castonzo has announced his retirement and Cosmi, who reinforced just how athletic he is at his pro day last week, has been solid throughout his Longhorns career and can play either tackle position."

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Selection: Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami

Expert: Chris Burke, The Athletic

Date of mock draft: Mar. 14 (link)

Analysis: As Stephen Holder pointed out, the Colts' needs at edge aren't for lack of trying. But this could be an offseason when they have to make several additions there, via the draft or free agency. Either Rousseau or his Miami teammate, Jalen Phillips, could drop right into the rotation. Arguably, Phillips is the better player right now; he also comes with more injury red flags.

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Selection: Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama

Expert: Dean Kindig, DraftTek

Date of mock draft: Mar. 13 (link)

Analysis: "Give your QB time by getting yourself a Castonzoesque LT. You can either try and leapfrog Chicago at #20 and/or Jacksonville at #16, or stay put and take the SEC Tackle. Leatherwood has the footwork and elite hand use. He 's not as athletic as Cosmi or as quick as Darrisaw, but in 2019, Leatherwood only gave up two sacks and graded out at 99% on his blocking assignments against SEC EDGEs. Oh, and he helped Najee Harris."

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Selection: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

Expert: Nate Davis, USA TODAY

Date of mock draft: Mar. 12 (link)

Analysis: "Anthony Castonzo's retirement leaves a void at left tackle for an otherwise stalwart line. Barring a free agent signing or shuffling All-Pro LG Quenton Nelson outside, the path of least resistance might be drafting reliable Darrisaw and leaving the other four starters in place."

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Selection: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

Expert: Kevin Hanson, EDS Football

Date of mock draft: Mar. 12 (link)

Analysis: "Darrisaw was already off the board in the previous iteration of this mock and a number of teams picking ahead of the Colts from the Vikings (No. 14) to the Bears (No. 20) could be in the market for Darrisaw's services. Following left tackle Anthony Castonzo's retirement, however, the former Virginia Tech Hokie and top-15 prospect on our big board is an ideal fit he's still available here."

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Selection: Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss

Expert: Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: Mar. 12 (link)

Analysis: "Moore will be inserted as a possession slot target right away."

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Selection: Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami 

Expert: Luke Easterling, Draft Wire

Date of mock draft: Mar. 12 (link)

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Selection: Gregory Rousseau, Edge, Miami

Expert: Jordan Reid, The Draft Network

Date of mock draft: Mar. 11 (link)

Analysis: "I expect edge rusher to be a big emphasis for the Colts this offseason. With a bunch of question marks at the position, the team remains in search of top talent for the foreseeable future. Rousseau is an ideal fit in Matt Eberflus' multiple front defense as there won't be a huge emphasis on him being "the guy" along the defensive front. Playing with two established players that will garner plenty of attention in DeForest Buckner and Grover Stewart, Rousseau can continue to take advantage of one-on-one matchups as well as kick inside to pair with Buckner in subpackages. This situation is one of the more ideal scenarios for the former Hurricanes rusher as he continues the road to his development in search of becoming the sum of his parts."

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Selection: Azeez Ojulari, LB, Georgia

Expert: Josh Edwards, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: Mar. 11 (link)

Analysis: "Azeez Ojulari arrives in Indiana to eventually replace Justin Houston. In the meantime, Houston is a great tutor for the rookie."

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Selection: Gregory Rousseau, Edge, Miami

Expert: Danny Kelly, The Ringer

Date of mock draft: Mar. 11 (link)

Analysis: "Colts GM Chris Ballard turns his attention to the defense with the team's first pick, grabbing a scintillating prospect in Rousseau here. With Denico Autry and Justin Houston both slated to be free agents, the team adds some depth to the edge rusher spot. Rousseau is a physically talented playmaker with sky-high potential, and he'd get a boost from lining up next to DeForest Buckner."

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Selection: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

Expert: Pete Prisco, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: Mar. 10 (link)

Analysis: "They need to get more explosive outside in the passing game. T.Y. Hilton is a free agent. Even if he were to come back, they need hep. Toney is a tough, inside playmaker."

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Selection: Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia

Expert: Walter Cherepinsky, WalterFootball.com

Date of mock draft: Mar. 9 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts have an outstanding cornerback in Xavier Rhodes, but they could use more talent on the other side of the field.

Tyson Campbell is a very strong, physical cornerback with great size (6-2, 180)."

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Selection: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OT, USC

Expert: Maurice Jones-Drew, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: Mar. 9 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts add a versatile lineman who can play both guard and tackle, giving them the luxury of sliding Quenton Nelson out to the edge."

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Selection: Azeez Ojulari, Edge, Georgia 

Expert: Seth Galina, Pro Football Focus

Date of mock draft: Mar. 8 (link)

Analysis: "Ojulari is a player I am in love with because he plays hard on every snap, whether it's a run or pass."

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Selection: Sam Cosmi, OT, Texas

Expert: Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

Date of mock draft: Mar. 8 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts need a left tackle to replace the retired Anthony Castonzo.

Team sources like Cosmi and think he is a better prospect than Connor Williams was at Texas. They feel Cosmi is raw and needs development, but athletically, he is an interesting prospect. Cosmi (6-6, 295) still needs get stronger for the NFL. Team sources felt he should go back to school if he wanted to be a secure first-round pick in his draft class, and Cosmi wisely decided to return to Austin for 2020. Sources who saw Cosmi toward the start of the 2020 season said it looks like he added some good weight since the end of 2019. As a redshirt freshman, Cosmi earned a starting spot at right tackle for the Longhorns and had an impressive debut.

Throughout his time at Texas, Cosmi did a good job in pass protection, showing some length and athleticism on the edge. He could be a dependable left tackle in the NFL to protect the blind side."

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Selection: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida (26th pick, via trade with Browns)

Expert: Chad Reuter, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: Mar. 5 (link)

Analysis: "T.Y. Hilton's time in Indianapolis appears to be over, and it's tough to pick a more obvious replacement than Toney."

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Selection: Tevin Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State

Expert: Trevor Sikkema, The Draft Network

Date of mock draft: Mar. 4 (link)

Analysis: "With Anthony Costanzo retiring, Indianapolis has a hole at left tackle to fill. In comes Jenkins. Jenkins is an aggressive offensive lineman from how he initiates contact on pass sets to his punch timing to how he finishes blocks. He'd be an Earth-mover next to Quenton Nelson."

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Selection: Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU

Expert: Eric Eager and George Chahrouri, Pro Football Focus

Date of mock draft: Mar. 1 (link)

Analysis: "Moehrig is the best safety in the class and the type of solid playmaker that the Colts have built their team with during the Frank Reich/Chris Ballard era. With Malik Hooker a pending free agent, look for the Colts, a team that has used veterans very effectively to build their defense, to go young."

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Selection: Tevin Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State

Expert: Charley Casserly, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: Feb. 25 (link)

Analysis: "With Anthony Castonzo's retirement, Jenkins fills in as a Day 1 starter."

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Selection: Azeez Ojulari, Edge, Georgia

Expert: Anthony Treash, Pro Football Focus

Date of mock draft: Feb. 22 (link)

Analysis: "Indianapolis' edge unit ranked 25th in pass-rush grade a season ago and has their two most productive players at the position, Justin Houston and Denico Autry, hitting free agency. Regardless of their future with the team, Indy needs to bolster its lackluster pass-rushing on the edge.

Ojulari is a true speed rusher who can get away with his lack of standout strength and power with his athleticism. He broke out in a big way in 2020, raising his 71.4 pass-rushing grade to 91.7, second in the FBS. Ojulari also forced three strip-sack fumbles and generated a 24.3% pass-rush, ranking top five at his position in the FBS."

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Selection: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

Expert: Brad Gagnon, Bleacher Report

Date of mock draft: Feb. 22 (link)

Analysis: "With longtime starting left tackle Anthony Castonzo retired, Indy should look for the best offensive lineman available.

In this case, it can get good value from Virginia Tech's Christian Darrisaw, who was a two-year starter in the left tackle spot for the Hokies. At, 6'5", 314 pounds, he has the size and strength to contribute right away for a team in win-now mode.

The Colts might also need a receiver if T.Y. Hilton departs, a corner if Xavier Rhodes gets away and an edge-defender if they can't keep Denico Autry or Justin Houston. But the defense is in much better shape in general, and they've invested plenty of draft capital in receivers Parris Campbell and Michael Pittman Jr. the last couple of years.

If Darrisaw is there, they have to pull the trigger."

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Selection: Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern

Expert: Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: Feb. 16 (link)

Analysis: "Free agency could create a void at the position for Indy, and teams are very high on Newsome, a height-weight-speed corner."

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Selection: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

Expert: Austin Gayle, Pro Football Focus

Date of mock draft: Feb. 15 (link)

Analysis: "Moore is largely a projection at the next level considering how few snaps we saw him fully healthy at Purdue, but his record-breaking 2018 season and jaw-dropping speed, strength and athleticism combination is enough to feel confident in him as a first-round pick."

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Selection: Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas

Expert: Nick Klopsis, Newsday

Date of mock draft: Feb. 8 (link)

Analysis: "Joseph Ossai is great at getting to the quarterback from a stand-up linebacker position, and what he lacks in polish he makes up for in athleticism and relentlessness."

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Selection: Gregory Rousseau, Edge, Miami (FL)

Expert: Michael Renner, Pro Football Focus

Date of mock draft: Feb. 8 (link)

Analysis: "On the defensive side of the ball, the Colts have coveted length every year of the Chris Ballard era. There may not be a longer edge defender in the draft class than Rousseau. We haven't seen him put it all together on the edge, though, and that may drop him down the draft board."

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Selection: Jayson Oweh, Edge, Penn State 

Expert: Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: Feb. 4 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts could go with a cornerback here, but they covet elite length and explosiveness off the edge. Oweh might be too tempting to pass on despite his need for pass-rush polish."

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Selection: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

Expert: Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: Feb. 1 (link)

Analysis: "The recent retirement of Anthony Castonzo prompts GM Chris Ballard to fill the left tackle spot with a nimble, big-bodied edge blocker."

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Selection: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

Expert: Ben Linsey, Pro Football Focus

Date of mock draft: Feb. 1 (link)

Analysis: "He isn't a finished product at wide receiver after serving primarily as a gadget player earlier in his Florida career, but he has all the traits that lead you to believe that he can develop into a polished route-runner. However, you're drafting Toney for how freakishly elusive he is in the open field, which is highlighted by his 32 broken tackles on 80 catches since 2019. He would give the Colts' receiving corps some extra juice in an offseason where 31-year-old T.Y. Hilton is scheduled to hit free agency."

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Selection: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

Expert: Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TODAY

Date of mock draft: Jan. 5 (link)

Analysis: "Unless Indianapolis opts to move on from Philip Rivers in favor of a long-term option at quarterback, the Colts can instead bolster their already formidable defense with the pesky Horn."

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Selection: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

Expert: James Dator, SBNation.com

Date of mock draft: Jan. 4 (link)

Analysis: "Rondale Moore definitely doesn't have ideal size, but the Colts are used to working around that with T.Y. Hilton. This pick hinges entirely on whether Indianapolis brings back their top receiver, but even if they do, I think Moore is a solid pick."

Ahead of the 2021 NFL draft, get a look at NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah's top draft 50 prospects.

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