Indianapolis Colts 2020 Mock Draft Monday: March 9

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.

Here's this week's breakdown by player:

  • Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama: 6 selections
  • Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina: 6 selections
  • CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma: 6 selections
  • Jordan Love, QB, Utah State: 6 selections
  • Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon: 5 selections
  • Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn: 4 selections
  • A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa: 2 selections
  • K'Lavon Chaisson, DE, LSU: 1 selection
  • Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU: 1 selection
  • Josh Jones, T, Houston: 1 selection
  • Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado: 1 selection

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

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Selection: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Expert: Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

Date of mock draft: March 9 (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 9 (link)

Analysis: "After T.Y. Hilton, the Colts got very little production from their wide receivers last season. While the quarterback play in Indianapolis is partly to blame, the Colts could use an infusion of talent. Adding the sure-handed Jeudy would suddenly give the Colts a nice pair of receivers."

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Selection: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

Expert: Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: March 9 (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."

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Selection: Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado

Expert: Eric Eager and George Chahrouri, Pro Football Focus

Date of mock draft: March 9 (link)

Analysis: "With Eric Ebron leaving and 2019 draft pick Parris Campbell a bit slow to come on as a complement to T.Y. Hilton, the Colts are in need of a receiver who can play a very effective No. 2 role but can still have games in which he puts up No. 1-like numbers — a player like Robert Woods of the Los Angeles Rams, for example. Luckily, Woods is one of Shenault's comps at the next level."

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Selection: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Expert: Josh Edwards, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: March 6 (link)

Analysis: "The marriage of Indianapolis and Philip Rivers is a poorly kept secret at this point. If he does end up there, their focus should be adding another dynamic wide receiver to pair with T.Y. Hilton. The offense was a one-trick pony last year when Hilton was absent."

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Selection: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

Expert: Chad Reuter, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: March 6 (link)

Analysis: "If the Colts are unable to get their quarterback here, then landing the draft's top defensive tackle is a nice consolation prize."

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Selection: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

Expert: Will Brinson, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: March 5 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts will do backflips to land Brown here (or Kinlaw, either one) and although I kind of wanted to give them a wideout to pair with presumed addition Philip Rivers, it makes more sense to improve their defense further."

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Selection: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

Expert: Forrest N. Long, The Huddle Report

Date of mock draft: March 5 (link)

Analysis: "Brissett is not the long term answer at QB and Love is rising up the draft boards."

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Selection: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Expert: Dane Brugler, The Athletic

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

Analysis: "A quarterback should not be ruled out here, regardless of whether the Colts sign a veteran like Philip Rivers prior to the draft. But whoever is under center needs more weapons and Jeudy and his electric play speed would fill a substantial need."

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Selection: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Expert: Cynthia Frelund, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: March 4 (link)

Analysis: "With the O-line and run-concept mastery the Colts already boast, the opportunity to draft a quarterback who profiles like Herbert creates more upside than downside. His 52:7 TD-to-INT ratio from a clean pocket since 2018 (PFF) sparkles. Herbert's film shows a lot of screen passes (1,213 yards since 2018, second-most among FBS quarterbacks) and attempts behind the line of scrimmage (114 in 2019, third-most in FBS). It also shows 32 drops by his receivers last season (sixth-most in FBS, per PFF). What's my main takeaway? The clean-pocket information helps show what the potential is, while the other notes give clues to the situation he was in at Oregon. And I should mention that his upside probability gets better if he doesn't need to start right away."

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Selection: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Expert: Josh Norris, Rotoworld

Date of mock draft: March 4 (link)

Analysis: "I bet Chris Ballard prioritizes his defensive front in free agency, possibly landing a player like Javon Hargrave. Until then a player of Kinlaw's skillset makes so much sense. He's the type of interior lineman who record four or five snaps of absolutely wrecking an offense's plan, and that impact trickles down to all levels of the team's defense."

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Selection: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Expert: Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: March 4 (link)

Analysis: "This is probably the most mutually beneficial landing spot for Herbert in Round 1. He wouldn't have to start immediately and would find himself in an amazing situation behind Indianapolis' devastating offensive line, and he'd learn under Frank Reich."

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Selection: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Expert: DraftTek.com

Date of mock draft: March 4 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts' brass have their fans in a tizzy with what will happen in RD1 and thereafter. Listening to statements this off-season from GM Chris Ballard and Colts' owner Jim Irsay, I think one thing is crystal clear: Anything might happen on Day 1. For me, there's just no way I see Ballard ignoring the highest defensive player available. Moreover, I also wouldn't be a bit stunned if he traded up a few spots for Isaiah Simmons. It's not a "need" at LB, but could you imagine him and Darius Leonard together in Indy? Lawd have mercy. But for now, it seems the likeliest pick would be Ballard's coveted DL3T position, and for that, Javon Kinlaw is a solid addition. Adding Kinlaw, and having Kemoko Turay return and pick up where he left off before his injury, would create a solid 1-2 punch up front on defense."

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Selection: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Expert: Walter Cherepinsky, WalterFootball.com

Date of mock draft: March 4 (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: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

Expert: Luke Easterling, The Draft Wire

Date of mock draft: March 4 (link)

Analysis: "Jacoby Brissett did an admirable job of keeping the Indy offense afloat after Andrew Luck's retirement, but I'm betting the Colts would like a better long-term solution at quarterback. If that's their move, don't count out a bold move to make sure they get their man. In this scenario, Love would likely be the target, despite the rough edges in his game. He's got the potential to be a stellar pro if the Colts can give him time to develop."

Notes of interest: Easterling has the Colts trading up to acquire the No. 8-overall pick from the Arizona Cardinals

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Selection: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

Expert: Nate Davis, USA TODAY

Date of mock draft: March 3 (link)

Analysis: "As if his production wasn't intriguing enough – 111 catches for 1,540 yards and 18 TDs while teamed with Burrow in 2019 – his 4.43 40 in Indy also answered any questions about his ability to break games open. No matter who's throwing passes for the Colts in 2020, they need somebody to pair with T.Y. Hilton outside – though Jefferson can also operate from the slot."

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Selection: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

Expert: Eric Edholm, Yahoo Sports

Date of mock draft: March 3 (link)

Analysis: "Colts GM Chris Ballard was all but telling the media at the combine that they're going to draft a defensive lineman. We didn't expect it to play out quite like this, with a top-eight talent falling to this point. Perhaps Brown's disappointing combine workout will benefit the Colts. They need more help up front, and Brown is the type of bull-strong, high-character, high-motor prospect Ballard drools over to build his roster."

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Selection: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Expert: Tom Fornelli, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: March 3 (link)

Analysis: "With the Raiders ahead of them, and all their favorite QBs off the board, the Colts move ahead of Las Vegas to get the top WR on their board."

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

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Selection: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Expert: Kevin Hanson, MMQB

Date of mock draft: March 3 (link)

Analysis: "As Chris 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: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Expert: Danny Kelly, The Ringer

Date of mock draft: March 3 (link)

Analysis: "Tall, strong-armed pocket passer with the tools to develop into a quality starter; needs to improve consistency and decision-making to tap into his potential"

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Selection: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

Expert: Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: March 2 (link)

Analysis: "I believe the Colts will bring in a veteran QB (likely Philip Rivers), and that will allow Love plenty of time to develop."

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Selection: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Expert: Todd McShay, ESPN

Date of mock draft: March 2 (link; ESPN Insider access required)

Analysis: "In the first season since Andrew Luck shockingly retired, the Colts' passing game averaged 194.3 yards per game, third-worst in the league, under Jacoby Brissett. Luck had them at No. 6 in the NFL the previous season, and the aerial attack flameout left the Colts at 7-9 in a division that featured two playoff teams. A change under center is likely needed. Brissett has another year on his deal, and that'll be important. Herbert needs a little more time. The 6-6 gunslinger tested well at the combine and lit up the Senior Bowl in January, but consistency concerns haven't gone away. He has the physical traits you want in a quarterback, including a big arm and mobility, but questions about whether he can lead an NFL offense explain why Herbert is available to the Colts at No. 13."

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Selection: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

Expert: Matt Miller, Bleacher Report

Date of mock draft: March 2 (link)

Analysis: "General manager Chris Ballard has been a master at accumulating draft picks and has done well selecting impact players in his short tenure running the Colts, but after Andrew Luck's retirement and the up-and-down play of Jacoby Brissett last year, Ballard has to make a move at quarterback. With three selections in the first two rounds, the Colts can invest No. 13 overall on the future of the quarterback position and still fill key needs with extra picks. Jordan Love is a smart, athletic, strong-armed quarterback who struggled with turnovers on a bad Utah State team in 2019. With a new head coach and most of his weapons gone, Love forced his way to 17 interceptions. But teams are falling for his arm strength and ability to make off-schedule throws and win while on the move. As the NFL continues to evolve at quarterback, Love's positives fit the mold teams want. Potentially throwing a wrench into the Love plan would be a signing of Philip Rivers in free agency. While with the Chargers, Rivers was adamant about the team not drafting his replacement until he was gone, so it would be interesting to see if that same ultimatum exists in Indianapolis."

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Selection: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Expert: Pete Prisco, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: March 2 (link)

Analysis: "They have to get help outside to pair with T.Y. Hilton. Jeudy is the best of this receiver class."

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Selection: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Expert: Michael Renner, Pro Football Focus

Date of mock draft: March 2 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts got to see firsthand what Ceedee would look like in Lucas Oil over the weekend, and the Oklahoma wideout didn't disappoint. After some questioned how he'd test athletically, Lamb put up a 4.5 40 and was more than solid across the board. Lamb's ability to win at the intermediate range would be massive if the rumors of Philip Rivers to Indy come true."

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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