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Indianapolis Colts 2020 Mock Draft Monday: March 2

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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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: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Expert: Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

Date of mock draft: March 2 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts could use a true No. 1 receiver as T.Y. Hilton is aging. Here's a big wideout to go with Hilton and Parris Campbell. In 2019, Lamb recorded 62 receptions for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also notched a rushing touchdown. Lamb didn't get the attention of teammate Hollywood Brown, but Lamb was very good for the Sooners in 2018. On the year, he hauled in 65 receptions for 1,158 yards with 11 touchdowns. Team sources say Lamb (6-2, 198) has the body and physique of a No. 1 receiver in the NFL. They say he has great hands, runs good routes, and is a polished receiver. Lamb makes some ridiculous catches that are reminiscent of DeAndre Hopkins and Odell Beckham Jr. His body control, concentration, and ability to adjust are tremendous, and they put him in position to make a lot of difficult receptions. After the catch, Lamb is very dangerous with the ball in his hands, showing elusiveness and physicality as a runner. NFL evaluators love Lamb's run-after-the-catch skills, and some compare him to Davante Adams as a prospect entering the NFL. While he has good size, Lamb does not have mismatch speed according to team evaluators, and they've said he could be a 4.55 guy in the 40-yard dash. Lamb is not overly fast, but he uses polished footwork and some suddenness to create separation. His route-running generates separation and makes up for the lack of elite speed."

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Selection: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Expert: Dan Kadar, SB Nation

Date of mock draft: March 2 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts seem poised to sign a veteran quarterback this offseason, with Philip Rivers the likeliest possibility. If that happens, the Colts will be in win-now mode. With a good offensive line and solid running game, Indianapolis' offense could be rounded out with a sure thing of a wide receiver like Jeudy."

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Selection: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Expert: Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: March 2 (link)

Analysis: "Herbert, like Love, has helped himself during the Senior Bowl and the combine, but if a team views Love as having more upside, Herbert could still be on the board here. Jacoby Brissett has one year left on his deal, and even if the Colts go after Philip Rivers, sitting for a year could be best-case scenario for Herbert."

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Selection: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Expert: DraftTek.com

Date of mock draft: March 1 (link)

Analysis: None

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Selection: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

Expert: Josh Edwards, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: Feb. 28 (link)

Analysis: "Indianapolis is not forced to make a quarterback decision now, with Love off the board. In his absence, they select Higgins, who will make the offense less dependent upon the health of T.Y. Hilton."

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Selection: Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU

Expert: Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: Feb. 26 (link)

Analysis: "That makes five receivers inside the top 15, and I think Reagor could sneak in there thanks to what should be an awesome showing at the combine at over 200 pounds."

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Selection: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Expert: Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: Feb. 25 (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: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Expert: Walter Cherepinsky, WalterFootball.com

Date of mock draft: Feb. 25 (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: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Expert: R.J. White, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: Feb. 25 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts' depth at receiver has been an issue in recent years, as the passing game falls apart whenever T.Y. Hilton is injured. Jeudy gives Hilton an excellent partner in the passing game to raise the ceiling of the offense."

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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: 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: 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: 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: A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa

Expert: Doug Farrar, The Draft Wire

Date of mock draft: Feb. 20 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts come into the 2020 offseason with $86,162,964 in cap space, so their ability to be big players in free agency with all that cash makes their draft strategy highly interesting. What we do know is that outside of Justin Houston, who put up 11 sacks and 60 total pressures for Indy last season, there aren't a lot of true pressure artists on the roster. Linebacker Darius Leonard finished second with five sacks, but he's just as valuable in coverage and stopping the run. Epenesa would bring a lot to coordinator Matt Eberflus' defense, because at 6-foot-6 and 280 pounds, he can add pressure around the edge and by using inside moves. He'd be a great fit with one of the more highly regarded defensive staffs in the league."

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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