The Colts are not exactly where they expected to be when the season began. After the midway point in the season, we can already see some changes and key additions that will need to be made in the offseason and upcoming draft. The Colts will certainly have plenty of names to target in this upcoming draft. These will certainly be some players the Colts to lookout for in the coming months. Some of the key positions the Colts will be targeting include defensive backs, offensive line, defensive line and maybe some position players as well.
Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio State
Malik Hooker is a unexperienced but highly talented 2017 prospect and may be a player who will leave early to play in the pros. Hooker is a interception machine and has the natural instinct to track down the ball and make a tremendous play. The Colts already have Clayton Geathers as a FS, but Geathers also plays a large amount of snap at a hybrid linebacker position. The Colts are looking for someone who can make a immediate impact in the secondary, and Hooker is someone who may face some growing pains, but could be a young stud in the NFL.
Jalen Reeves-Maybin is an explosive and quick pass rusher. His highlight reels are full of big hits and bone-crushing sacks. The Colts’ linebackers are getting up there in age and it would be beneficial to get a young guy in that mix of veteran linebackers. Robert Mathis said a few months ago that he was willing to take a pay cut and help develop any young guys who are coming in. With mentors such as Robert Mathis, Akeem Ayers, and D’Qwell Jackson, he is bound to make a huge impact with this organization.
Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
This draft class is one that is full of RB talent. Many teams would have their eyes on Leonard Fournette or Christian McCaffery. But Dalvin Cook is the most complete running back in this year’s draft. He has a incredible ability to find holes and has game-breaking speed. Frank Gore has been solid for the Colts, but at 33, he can’t be expected to maintain a high level of play for much longer. Cook is a superstar. Also, I’m not entirely sure that Ryan Grigson is gone after this season (even though he definitely should be), and we all know how much Grigson loves to take skill players.
The Watt name should be a familiar one, older brother JJ is on the Houston Texans. He’s one of the Big Ten’s most disruptive linebackers and a force to be reckoned with. This Watt is high on the list of BIG 10 sack leaders this year. He suffered injuries to his knees the past two seasons, which most likely means that teams will be overlooking him in the draft. But Watt would be a steal if the Colts could find him in the 2nd to 3rd round range.