Indianapolis Colts mock draft 2019: Seven rounds, picks, big board, team needs, multiple options for every selection

The Colts rode a stellar draft class that included first-round pick Quenton Nelson and second-round pick Darius Leonard to a playoff run in 2018. While we can't expect such an overwhelming success landing multiple elite prospects in back-to-back years, the team does have plenty of early capital to fortify a playoff-caliber roster, including six picks in the first four rounds.

Below, you can check out which picks the Colts currently have, along with our projection of their top positional needs. I'll then build a war-room big board based upon players I think have some kind of chance of making it to their first pick before sharing multiple draft classes that make sense for the team from myself, Ryan Wilson and Chris Trapasso.

As for the actual draft, you'll be able to stream our live coverage right here on CBS Sports HQ (or download the CBS Sports app for free on any mobile or connected TV device) breaking down all the picks and everything you need to know during draft weekend.  

Current draft picks

RoundOverallStatus
1 26
2 34 from New York Jets
2 59
3 89
4 129
4 135 Compensatory
5 164
6 199
7 240

Team needs

The CBS Sports NFL writing staff recently compiled positional rankings to identify needs for each team heading into the draft. A helpful guide: any position group that had an average ranking worse than 16.0 (on a scale of 1 to 32) was considered a "need," while any that ranked worse than 23.0 (bottom-third of the league) was considered a "pressing need."

QB RB WR/TE OL EDGE INT DL LB DB
3.2 16.8 13.8 9.0 18.2 25.8 6.8 19.3

Needs: RB, EDGE, INT DL, DB
Pressing: INT DL

The Colts found so many quality players in last year's draft that they managed to shore up several of their weaknesses (linebacker, offensive line) in one shot. Perhaps they can do the same this year. Margus Hunt and Denico Autry turned into nice rotation players along the defensive line but Indianapolis' run defense up the middle was dreadful last year and they could still use more pressure players up front both in the interior and on the edge. The Marlon Mack/Nyheim Hines combination at running back is solid, if not spectacular, but should work just fine in conjunction with Luck and the offensive line. Many around the league thought the Colts would seek a major secondary upgrade this offseason, but they have instead been content to retain their own players. Our mocks are in almost uniform agreement on the defensive interior being an early-round target, with Dexter Lawrence and Jerry Tillery standing out as fits. 

War room big board

The Colts have the option of making a big move up if they choose, with three picks in the top 60. Here's how I'd project the Colts' draft board for their first pick, considering only players I feel have some chance of making it in range:

  1. DT Ed Oliver, Houston (trade up)
  2. DL Rashan Gary, Michigan (trade up)
  3. DT Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State
  4. DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
  5. CB Byron Murphy, Washington
  6. CB Greedy Williams, LSU
  7. WR A.J. Brown, Ole Miss
  8. DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
  9. DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
  10. WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma

Seven-round mock drafts

R.J. White:

RoundOverallPlayerNotes
1 26 DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
2 34 SS Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State from NYJ
2 59 WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford
3 89 CB David Long, Michigan
4 129 DE Ben Banogu, TCU
4 135 RB Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma
5 164 LB Jahlani Tavai, Hawaii
6 199 WR Keelan Doss, Cal Davis
7 240 CB Isaiah Wharton, Rutgers

The Colts are one of the rare teams that doesn't make any trades in my mock, but that doesn't mean they're lacking for talent in this class. Wilkins is considered by many to be a top-15 player, but positional need and scheme fit could push him down to the Colts at No. 26, where he'd be a steal. 

The Colts open the second round with potentially the top safety in the class in Abram, a thumper in the box who makes for a great long-term pairing with Malik Hooker. Arcega-Whiteside is a big target for Andrew Luck who gives the team a long-term running mate for T.Y. Hilton. Long is a talented corner who may need to shift inside in the pros, but he should be capable of contributing immediately. 

Banogu gives the team more depth at defensive end after adding Justin Houston, and he'll likely remain no more than a rotational option, though one who can succeed in small doses. Anderson has been plagued by injuries but he's capable of filling a big-back role in a committee when healthy. Tavai should be a solid depth option at linebacker immediately and could develop into a starter next to 2018 breakout Darius Leonard. Doss brings more depth at receiver as someone who could shine in a limited role, while Wharton is another lottery ticket at corner.

More seven-round mocks:
(*) indicates pick acquired via trade


Round 1 DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
Round 2 WR N'Keal Harry, Arizona State
CB Sean Bunting, Central Michigan
S Taylor Rapp, Washington
WR Kelvin Harmon, NC State
Round 3 LB Germaine Pratt, NC State 
CB Isaiah Johnson, Houston
Round 4 TE Drew Sample, Washington
S Will Harris, Boston College
DT Dontavius Russell, Auburn
CB Jordan Brown, South Dakota State
Round 5 RB Karan Higdon, Michigan
QB Brett Rypien, Boise State
Round 6 DE Austin Bryant, Clemson
EDGE Gerri Green, Mississippi State
Round 7 T Oli Udoh, Elon
OT Tyler Roemer, San Diego State

Check out more first-round mocks from CBS Sports.

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