8 prospects that match Indianapolis on Day 3 of the NFL Draft


The Colts had a busy second draft day, adding four players in the second and third rounds. They’ve been preparing for another action-packed day as the draft wraps up Saturday.

Indianapolis has four picks to spend in the final four rounds: No. 159 in the fifth round, No. 192 and 216 in the sixth, and No. 239 in the seventh. He currently has no choice in the fourth, but general manager Chris Ballard has shown he’s not afraid to trade where he wants.

Here are eight players who could match what the Colts will be looking for on Day 3:

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Zyon McCollum, BC, Sam Houston State

The only defensive need the Colts have addressed so far is future security in Maryland’s Nick Cross. The cornerback is closest to a need now on this side of the ball, with depth still a question given Stephon Gilmore’s injury history.

Zyon McCollum may come from a small school, but he’s a really big cornerback at 6-foot-2 and 199 pounds. He’s also incredibly athletic, with a 40-yard dash in 4.33 seconds, a 39.5-inch vertical jump and a 132-inch wide jump, all top three among cornerbacks at the combine. Add seven career interceptions, and his resume screams a lot of upside, despite coming from a low level of competition.

The Colts have a good spot to set him up behind Gilmore and Kenny Moore II, and they’ll move to longer cornerbacks under new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. They might have to trade in round four to secure him, though.

UTSA cornerback Tariq Woolen impressed scouts with the tests he delivered at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Tariq Woolen, BC, UTSA

Tariq Woolen is a bit like the Malik Willis of cornerbacks. He comes from a smaller school, even though it was the one that went 12-2 last season. He’s new to the cornerback position after playing wide receiver early in college. He has just two career interceptions. And he never faced top receivers to test his full natural abilities.

Those abilities are pretty good, as he’s 6-4 with a 4.26-second sprint time for 40 yards and a vertical of 42 inches, better than all but one cornerback at the NFL combine. . Those measurable metrics would make him an enticing future option for Gus Bradley’s defense with bump and run coverage, but he likely needs a year to learn the nuances of the pro game.

Like McCollum, Woolen’s measurables make it a stretch he’ll last until the Colts pick in the fifth round, so a trade could be considered.

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Kentucky offensive tackle Darian Kinnard received rave reviews from passing throwers in this year's NFL Draft for the strength of play and demeanor he brings to the field.

Darian Kinnard, OL, Kentucky

The Colts landed an offensive lineman in Bernhard Raimann in central Michigan, and he’s ready to compete for the starting left tackle position, though he may move to guard in order to enter the field. If he stays at tackle, the Colts need depth inside with Danny Pinter moving into a starting right guard position.

Darian Kinnard was one of the most impressive players in the Senior Bowl for his wicked playing behavior. At 6-foot-5 and 322 pounds, he can be a mauler in the running game and has the ability to run into the right tackle to provide depth as well. The Colts, however, would need him to fall further than expected.

Rutgers wide receiver Bo Melton did a bit of everything for the Scarlet Knights, including catching, running and returning kicks.

Bo Melton, WR, Rutgers

The Colts found a receiver by spending their first pick on Cincinnati’s Alec Pierce, but they have an opening for another starter alongside him and Michael Pittman Jr., or at least someone to join a committee. They’ve made speed a priority on offense in this draft, and Bo Melton could bring some from the lunge. He ran a 40-yard sprint in 4.34 seconds with a wide jump of 121 inches, showing his ability to reach top speed quickly.

Melton was a four-star rookie with an offer from Ohio State who opted to stay home and do a bit of everything for a Rutgers rebuilding program, as a receiver, runner and kick returner. of foot. The Colts could see more to unleash in him in a better offense if he’s available in the fifth round.

Amare Barno, Virginia Tech's point rusher, is 6-foot-5 but managed a 4.36-second sprint for 40 yards in this year's NFL Scouting Combine.

Amare Barno, EDGE, Virginia Tech

The Colts have kept no secrets about their love of athletic traits in this draft, and it might be time to apply that to another important position like pass rush. After all, the new “LEO” spot in Bradley’s defense requires an elite athlete to run like he’s 3rd and 10 on every snap, and that’s why they traded for Yannick Ngakoue. It could be a chance to find his replacement.

Amare Barno has measurable parameters that make it amazing that he is still available in the fifth round. He is 6-foot-5 and weighs 246 pounds and ran a 4.36-second sprint for 40 yards. His strip was a mess last season when he finished with just 3.5 sacks, and he won’t suit teams that prioritize putting forward in the running game. But the Colts could have a unique pattern to give him a path to a big role behind Ngakoue.

Darrian Beavers played a key role in Cincinnati's climb to the college football playoffs last season, as he was an All-American Athletic Conference performer with 11.5 tackles for loss.

Darrian Beavers, LB, Cincinnati

The Colts are pretty determined at linebacker, but they still like to draft that position in order to fill closets and keep special teams strong. This year, they could be looking for options with something to add to the pass rush. Cincinnati’s Darrian Beavers delivers that kind of juice at 6-foot-4 and 237 pounds. He played a key role in Cincinnati’s climb to the college football playoffs last year, when he was a first-team All-American Athletic Conference player with 102 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 bags.

The Beavers struggle to work through the blocks, but could suit the Colts as the third down-rush specialist from linebacker, a role Bradley has played in his defense when the staff is fit. .

LSU kicker Cade York has a long history of nailing field goals from over 50 yards.

Cade York, K, LSU

Ballard likes to get creative on Day 3, and with his positional needs dwindling, it might be time to take whoever’s still there at the kicker seriously. The Colts only have Rodrigo Blankenship under contract, but they tried to let him go midway through last season after he had a few tough misses in key moments. As they try to build a playoff contender, the ability to capitalize on 3-pointers must become a priority.

Cade York is the undisputed leading kicker in this draft, so much so that he could become a fifth-round pick. York has the range it lacked last season, as it hit 79% of field goals from beyond 50 yards, including a winner from 57 yards to beat Florida in 2020.

Texas kicker Cameron Dicker has one of the strongest legs in the NFL Draft this year.

Cameron Dicker, K, Texas

If the Colts are open to drafting a kicker and the lineup is the focus, Cameron Dicker is another option that should come later than York. He has as much range as York but has been more uneven in his accuracy, despite improving it to 87% last season.

As a bonus, he handled punt duties for the Longhorns last season and did pretty well, averaging 46.7 yards per attempt. He could be had with the Colts’ final draft pick.

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