How will the Colts use their picks in the 2017 NFL draft? We’re breaking down every selection below.
Coming off an 8–8 campaign, the Colts have some needs to address going into the 2017 season. Here's the full list of picks Indianapolis holds in the 2017 draft, which will be updated as each selection is made.
Round 1, Pick 15 (No. 15 overall)
Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State: Again, with teams crawling over themselves to land offensive weapons in the early picks, there were defensive players available mid-Round 1 that no one thought would be there: Reuben Foster, Jonathan Allen and, of course, Hooker. The Ohio State safety should slot right in as the Colts’ free safety, which prevents Indianapolis from having to piece together that spot—Darius Butler was a possible CB-to-S mover. Hooker’s past health issues probably didn’t hurt him as much in Round 1 as his lack of physicality did (and the huge run on skill positions). The Colts don’t need him to be a thumper, just to keep doing what he did for Ohio State vs. the pass. GRADE: A
Round 2, Pick 14 (No. 46)
Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida: The Rams throw a curve ball with their first pick of the 2017 draft, taking Everett, a player cut from the same TE/slot receiver mold as Evan Engram. This comes one year after L.A. nabbed TE Tyler Higbee in the fourth round. Everett has upside as a pass catcher, but this is early for him and there were a lot of defensive options on the board. GRADE: A
Round 3, Pick 16 (No. 80)
Tarell Basham, DE, Ohio: With a safety and cornerback under their belts already, the Colts found themselves a pass rusher at 80. He played a lot of hand-in-the-dirt DE for Ohio, but he really looks the part of a 3-4 edge rusher, which is where he’ll be with the Colts. Very good value at this spot in Round 3. GRADE: A
Round 4, Pick 31 (No. 137) Zach Banner, OT, USC
Round 4, Pick 37 (No. 143) Marlon Mack, RB, USF
Round 4, Pick 38 (No. 144) Grover Stewart, DT, Albany State
Round 5, Pick 14 (No. 158) Nate Hairston, CB, Temple
Round 5, Pick 17 (No. 161) Anthony Walker, LB, Northwestern