Indianapolis Colts 2020 Mock Draft Monday: Feb. 24

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INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Colts have the 13th-overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. We continue taking a look at which players the various experts believe will land in Indianapolis in this week's Mock Draft Monday.

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Selection: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Expert: Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

Date of mock draft: Feb. 24 (link)

Analysis: "Sources told me Indianapolis is interested in making a run at Jadeveon Clowney in free agency. That would make sense as the Colts could use more edge rush, but they could also use more talent on the inside of their defensive line. Here's a difference-maker for the inside. Kinlaw was superb for the Gamecocks in 2019, totaling 35 tackles, six sacks and two passes defended. The big defensive tackle broke out in 2018 with 4.5 sacks, 10 tackles for a loss and 38 tackles. The first thing that stands out about Kinlaw (6-5, 315) is his size. He is a tall, thick and good-looking athlete. After passing the eyeball test, one can see some special ability as Kinlaw really fires off the ball. He is quick to close and has strength to fight off blockers. Kinlaw gets in trouble when he stands up too high and working on his technique will help him to get more out of his excellent skill set. The junior college product has a lot of upside and has the size to play a variety of techniques in a 4-3 or 3-4 defense."

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Selection: Josh Jones, T, Houston

Expert: Austin Gayle, Pro Football Focus

Date of mock draft: Feb. 24 (link)

Analysis: "After Thomas and Wills, Jones is PFF's third-best offensive tackle and No. 14 overall player in the 2020 NFL Draft. With Anthony Castonzo's future with the franchise in question, the time to invest in talented offensive tackles is now for Indianapolis. Jones finished the 2019 season ranked second among all FBS offensive linemen with 400-plus offensive snaps in overall grade at 93.2. He also put on a show while playing multiple positions in the practices leading up to the 2020 Reese's Senior Bowl."

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Selection: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

Expert: Dan Kadar, SB Nation

Date of mock draft: Feb. 24 (link)

Analysis: "Everyone seems to think the Colts will sign a free agent quarterback to improve on Jacoby Brissett. But don't forget, the Colts went light in free agency last year despite having a ton of cap space. If general manager Chris Ballard sticks with his philosophy of building through the draft, he could go after a quarterback in the first round."

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Selection: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

Expert: Joe Marino, The Draft Network

Date of mock draft: Feb. 24 (link)

Analysis: "Indianapolis saw first-hand how the addition of a blue-chip prospect can transform an offensive line with the drafting of Quenton Nelson in 2018. Derrick Brown is capable of making a similar impact on the defensive line with his relentless style of play, athletic ability and power. Having franchise cornerstones on the trenches both offensively and defensively will help the Colts get back on track in an AFC South that produced two playoff teams in 2019."

Notes of interest: Marino has the Colts trading up to acquire the No. 7-overall pick from the Carolina Panthers

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Selection: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

Expert: Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: Feb. 24 (link)

Analysis: "If the Colts aren't sold on Jacoby Brissett, who has a year left on his deal, and don't land Philip Rivers, Plan B could be to find the long-term answer in the draft. Jordan Love could be special, he'll just need to land in the right system and spend a year learning the offense from the sideline. Frank Reich could be exactly what Love needs for his development at the next level."

Notes of interest: Wilson has the Colts trading up to acquire the No. 11-overall pick from the New York Jets

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Selection: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

Expert: The Athletic Beat Writers

Date of mock draft: Feb. 24 (link; subscription required)

Analysis: "In the end, it's Love's upside that lures the Colts in. Andrew Luck's sudden retirement in late August gave Jacoby Brissett his shot, but Brissett's sharp regression over the second half of the season made the starting quarterback position the Colts' most glaring need heading into 2020. In Love the Colts find a young QB, dripping in athleticism and arm talent, who could use a year of polish. He'll get as much under Frank Reich, and Love will be walking into as good a situation a young quarterback could hope for: he'll have one of the best play-callers in football in his ear, one of the best offensive lines in the game in front of him and a dynamic running back to hand the ball off to. --Zak Keefer

What the Colts would be getting with Love: There is a lot to like about Love, from his measurables (6-4, 225) to his arm strength (50 completions of at least 30 yards in the past two seasons). But he enters the draft off a disappointing junior season playing under a new staff. Love's pass efficiency rating dropped from 158.3 to 129.1, his total TDs fell from 39 to 20 and his interceptions increased from six to 17 (most in the FBS). His marvelous sophomore season shows his potential, but he'll need to prove he can make far better decisions than he did as a junior. --Dave Southorn, college football writer"

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Selection: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Expert: Josh Edwards, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: Feb. 21 (link)

Analysis: "Indianapolis has been too reliant on T.Y. Hilton's availability over the years. And Hilton has been injury prone. They become less dependent by adding Jeudy, who is the draft's best technician. Now, do they sign Philip Rivers?"

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Selection: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Expert: Danny Kelly, The Ringer

Date of mock draft: Feb. 21 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts could go in any number of directions here, but Lamb's rare upside is just too enticing to pass up. GM Chris Ballard noted recently that the team needs more "explosive elements" on offense and Lamb was one of the best big-play creators in college football last year, averaging 21.4 yards per catch (third among FBS players) while racking up 26 receptions of 20-plus yards (second only to LSU's Ja'Marr Chase). He's the total package as a receiver, a smooth route runner with top-tier contested-pass skills and elite run-after-the-catch elusiveness."

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Selection: Jacob Eason, QB, Washington

Expert: Chad Reuter, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: Feb. 21 (link)

Analysis: "Eason's combine workout could really help him secure a first-round spot. If the ball comes out as well as expected, it will be tough for teams to ignore him."

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Selection: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

Expert: Luke Easterling, The Draft Wire

Date of mock draft: Feb. 20 (link)

Analysis: None

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Selection: Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State

Expert: Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: Feb. 20 (link)

Analysis: "Philip Rivers seems destined for Indianapolis given his connections to some coaches there. With him there, Indianapolis should add to its receiver group, and with a big combine, Aiyuk is primed to skyrocket up boards."

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Selection: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Expert: Nick Klopsis, Newsday

Date of mock draft: Feb. 19 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts had several guys perform admirably amid injuries to T.Y. Hilton and Devin Funchess, but more depth is needed. Lamb's 6-3 frame and excellent body control help him make tough, contested catches, and he also has enough quickness to create separation off the snap."

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Selection: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Expert: Pete Prisco, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: Feb 19 (link)

Analysis: "They have to get receiver help for whoever plays quarterback. Lamb would pair with T.Y. Hilton to give them a nice 1-2 punch."

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Selection: Mekhi Becton, T, Louisville

Expert: DraftTek.com

Date of mock draft: Feb. 19 (link)

Analysis: "This RD1 pick for Indy (of the 9 overall they hold) could be its most monumental selection in years. That's incredible, considering they just had a #1, monumental pick a mere 8 years ago when Andrew Luck was the selection. With Luck gone, the passing offense was in a shambles last season, partly due to injuries to QB Jacoby Brissett and many of his receivers). Indy's surprising early success (a 5-2 start) devolved into a sputtering mess. The Colts have tweaked their coaching staff to help reconfigure the passing offense --which was structured around Luck. Offensively, the Colts couldn't "light up the scoreboard" as they had previously. Especially atrocious was 3rd down, as the Colts converted just 42% at home, and a horrid 32% on the road. The pressure on GM Chris Ballard may be too great not to move on from Jacoby Brissett. However, Ballard might be sold on building up the defensive side of the ball that he likely views as two or so impact players away from being an extremely-solid unit. Free Agency is a possibility (and over $85M in cap space), but not the road Ballard usually chooses to travel. However, this off-season may force his hand to target a veteran QB. The Colts anticipate that current starting LT Anthony Castonzo will return, but should he actually go through with his possible thoughts on retirement, Ballard sticks to his penchant for building in the trenches through the draft. The addition of OT Mekhi Becton would be most appropriate in RD1. Becton is a mountain of a man, standing 6' 7" and around 365-370 lbs. Physical, long and athletic, he played both Right and Left Tackle at Louisville. All of the "boxes" GM Chris Ballard desires are checked with Becton. The Colts need to pull the trigger to secure the Offensive Line for the next decade --even if Anthony Castonzo does sign and return. This pick really is a no-brainer, no matter if it's ultimately Brissett or a new QB at the helm in Indy."

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Selection: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Expert: Charley Casserly, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: Feb. 18 (link)

Analysis: "D-line and wideout are the Colts' top needs. If they can solve their QB question in free agency, the aerial attack could take off in a hurry, given the immense talent at receiver in this draft class. A 1-2 punch of T.Y. Hilton and Lamb sounds pretty potent."

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Selection: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Expert: Walter Cherepinsky, WalterFootball.com

Date of mock draft: Feb. 18 (link)

Analysis: "You can never have enough dominant pass rushers, and the Colts could opt to use an early draft pick on a successor for Justin Houston. They could also find a stud in the interior of their defensive front, and filling that area would allow them to take the best player available. Javon Kinlaw is a great athlete, and he has been a major disruptor in 2019. He dominated the Senior Bowl, just like Aaron Donald did six years ago."

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Selection: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Expert: Kevin Hanson, MMQB

Date of mock draft: Feb. 18 (link)

Analysis: "Perhaps Chris Ballard would select Lamb or Jeudy, if one of those top-10 talents were to fall, or draft a quarterback with the upside of Jordan Love here. As Ballard said last month the "3-technique drives this" defense and "we've got to be able to get some more interior pressure." Kinlaw has generated 10 sacks over the past two seasons by using his blend of length, strength and quickness."

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Selection: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Expert: Mel Kiper, ESPN

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

Analysis: "The Colts, a surprise playoff team in 2018, took a step backward last season, but it wasn't just on the offense. No, Jacoby Brissett wasn't Andrew Luck, but injuries decimated Brissett's receiving core. And injuries hurt the defense too, with Darius Leonard, Kenny Moore II, Malik Hooker and Jabaal Sheard among the starters who missed time. The result was a league-average unit overall but one that allowed quarterbacks to complete 70.1% of their passes, which ranked 31st in the league. This defense needs depth. The Colts could target a corner here, but this might be Kinlaw's floor, and he'll help the back end of the defense, too. A massive, 6-6 interior penetrator, Kinlaw was one of the best prospects in the Senior Bowl."

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Selection: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Expert: Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TODAY

Date of mock draft: Feb. 17 (link)

Analysis: "GM Chris Ballard's draft plans should become somewhat clearer once he's indicated how Indianapolis will utilize more than $86 million in available cap space. Given the Colts' lackluster receiving corps beyond T.Y. Hilton and the underwhelming free agent options, Lamb is a fitting option to bring the "explosive elements" Ballard said he's hunting for."

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Selection: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

Expert: Will Brinson, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: Feb. 13 (link)

Analysis: "Chris Ballard loves getting physical in the trenches without spending a ton of money and Brown is the best interior defensive lineman in the draft this year. Would be a slam-dunk pick for the Colts."

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Selection: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Expert: Maurice Jones-Drew, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: Feb 11 (link)

Analysis: "Herbert's big arm and high football IQ will allow him to make smart decisions while stretching the field for the Indy offense."

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Selection: A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa

Expert: Michael Renner, Pro Football Focus

Date of mock draft: Feb. 11 (link)

Analysis: "Colts General Manager Chris Ballard lives to move down and accumulate more picks in the draft. Epenesa rarely flashed the on-field dominance that his immense physical tools at 6-foot-5, 280 pounds would suggest, but he was consistent against both the run and pass. His versatility would be the perfect addition to the Colts' defensive line."

Notes of interest: Renner has the Colts trading down to the 17th-overall pick

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Selection: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Expert: R.J. White, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: Feb. 11 (link)

Analysis: "Jeudy entered the year as one of the best overall prospects in the draft, if not the best, but after a good-not-great year, his stock is down a little bit. That means someone in this range will get a steal. He'll provide the Colts with reliability in the passing game, which they desperately need."

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Selection: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Expert: Eric Edholm, Yahoo Sports

Date of mock draft: Feb. 10 (link)

Analysis: "I thought about a quarterback here. A trade down also fits the pattern of GM Chris Ballard, too. But in the end, the need to add explosiveness to the offense is too glaring. Perhaps they achieve this in free agency, with a boatload of dollars to spend, but grabbing Lamb in addition to free-agent help at receiver wouldn't be bad at all. One potential worry: There have been whispers about left tackle Anthony Castonzo possibly retiring. If he's not back for 2020, the Colts' needs change in a big way."

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Selection: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Expert: Dane Brugler, The Athletic

Date of mock draft: Feb. 4 (link; subscription required)

Analysis: "The Colts are missing a big-play element in their offense, having produced only three 40-plus-yard receptions in 2019, which ranked next-to-last behind only the Chicago Bears. Part of the blame rests with the quarterback, but adding a talent like Jeudy would certainly help whoever is under center."

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Selection: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Expert: Nate Davis, USA TODAY

Date of mock draft: Feb. 4 (link)

Analysis: "Another Senior Bowl standout, Kinlaw might be too good for GM Chris Ballard to pass up here – especially given the Colts' need to create more disruption up the middle."

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Selection: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Expert: Todd McShay, ESPN

Date of mock draft: Feb. 3 (link; ESPN Insider access required)

Analysis: "The Colts get a little lucky here with Herbert still on the board, so in this scenario, they put aside other pressing needs like wide receiver (Lamb?), defensive line and defensive back to snag this 6-foot-6 senior with a rocket arm. Indy might not be completely sold that Jacoby Brissett is its guy, and Herbert has shown he can lead an offense. That Senior Bowl showing did a lot to calm consistency concerns. After using seven of their 10 picks on defense in 2019, the Colts can't pass on this tremendous value at a premier position. One more thing to consider: Brissett is signed through the 2020 season, meaning Indianapolis wouldn't have to throw Herbert to the wolves out of the gate."

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Selection: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

Expert: Matt Miller, Bleacher Report

Date of mock draft: Feb. 3 (link)

Analysis: "Chris Ballard knows he'll probably only get one shot at drafting a quarterback as general manager of the Indianapolis Colts; it's quite rare for any general manager to get two early selections at quarterback. That means he needs to get this pick right. Jordan Love is a case study in what to scout when evaluating quarterbacks. He has ideal size (6'3⅝", 223 lbs), athleticism, very good arm strength and very good mobility, but he also threw 17 interceptions in 2019 and scouts will pick apart his decision-making process. Go back to 2018, his fans will say, when Love excelled under then-coach Matt Wells with more NFL-caliber talent around him. With much of his supporting cast gone in 2019, Love pressed and struggled. Ballard has the hard task of figuring out which player Love is—the 2018 or 2019 version. If he falls for his traits and believes Frank Reich can develop him, Love could be the answer in a post-Andrew Luck world for the Colts."

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Selection: K'Lavon Chaisson, DE, LSU

Expert: Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: Jan. 29 (link)

Analysis: "If Indy loves Jordan Love, he could be the guy here, but Chaisson fits the rush profile the Colts covet. The redshirt sophomore has exciting potential."

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Selection: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Expert: Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: Jan. 27 (link)

Analysis: "The ultra-smooth route runner from Alabama would give the Colts a Reggie Wayne-like playmaker opposite T.Y. Hilton."

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Selection: A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa

Expert: Jason McIntyre, Fox Sports

Date of mock draft: Jan. 24 (link)

Analysis: "They'd love for Kinlaw to fall here, and it's interesting to come up with a receiver in this spot, but Indy's sack leader (Justin Houston) just turned 31 and has had a spotty injury history."

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Selection: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

Expert: Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: Jan. 21 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts haven't publicly committed to Jacoby Brissett as their starter in 2020, and Love is simply too intriguing to pass up. He might need to sit for a year, but the payoff could be huge."

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Selection: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Expert: Ben Standig, The Athletic

Date of mock draft: Jan. 20 (link; subscription required)

Analysis: "Jacoby Brissett held up nicely after Andrew Luck's sudden retirement and helped keep the Colts in playoff contention, but going quarterback here seems plausible. Both of Indianapolis' top tight ends are heading into free agency. That's not a Day 1 consideration this year. The Colts defense could use an interior line threat or edge rusher."

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