There was a definite theme to the Indianapolis Colts 2017 NFL Draft.
Defense, defense, defense.
If the Colts found it shocking to find Ohio State safety Malik Hooker available with the 15th pick in the draft, being able to grab Florida’s Quincy Wilson one round later was icing on the cake. Having to play in a division with DeAndre Hopkins and the Jacksonville Jaguars’ trio of wideouts made finding help on the back line a necessity.
But after those two picks, there are some questions to answer. Chris Ballard, the team’s general manager may have found a draft gem in South Florida’s Marlon Mack to help the running game and Tarell Basham could be a nice pass rusher, but playing at Ohio did not allow him to compete against top competition.
For some reason, this draft class seems incomplete with depth added but few starters.
The best thing about the Wilson selection is his passion. Being “snubbed” by teams in the first round, Wilson will use that as motivation to prove he was worthy of being a top choice this weekend.
“It’s definitely fuel to the fire, so I’m going to come into camp ready to go,” said Wilson via sun-sentinel.com. “It’s a lot of hard work. It finally paid off, but I’m not done yet.”
The Colts hope there is plenty more of that fire burning inside. At Florida, he, Marcus Maye and Jalen Tabor formed one of the best secondaries in college football. All three were second round draft picks.
Here’s a look at the Indianapolis Colts 2017 Draft class with analysis and grades.
Draft picks: Ohio State S Malik Hooker, Florida CB Quincy Wilson, Ohio DE/OLB Tarell Basham, USC T Zach Banner, South Florida RB Marlon Mack, Albany State DT Grover Stewart, Temple CB Nate Hairston, Northwestern LB Anthony Walker Jr.
Analysis: There were eight picks in Chris Ballard’s first foray as general manager. Hooker and Wilson were head and shoulders better than any other selections and should help the secondary. Everything else leaves a lot for fans to desire. Here’s hoping some of the picks pan out. Basham and Mack have a chance. Banner could be a sleeper but the final three picks are backups at best and possible practice squad players.
Grade – C: Like I said, good but not great. The Jaguars had a solid draft, as did Tennessee and Houston. The Indianapolis Colts might be better this season and still finish last in the AFC South.