Round 1 Pick 15: Dalvin Cook – Running Back from Florida State
Dalvin Cook really showed he has all of the physical traits you would look for in a running back. His size, speed, and athleticism was on full display during the combine. After having such an impressive performance, it will be hard for the Colts to pass on him. Especially when you consider how bad their running game has been over the last decade. With Frank Gore turning 34 this season, this could be the perfect time for Indy to find their running back of the future.
Round 2 Pick 47: TJ Watt – Outside Linebacker from Wisconsin
Watt is a player that had solid production during his junior season at Wisconsin and performed very well at this years combine. He has good strength and speed and showed sound fundamentals. He does need to get stronger in order to bend the edge in order to fight off larger offensive tackles. Also does very well against the run and disrupting plays with consistent effort. After showing his 4.6 speed at the combine, the former badger should be a great fit in the 3-4 scheme at outside linebacker.
Round 3 Pick 79: Tanoh Kpassagnon – Defensive End from Villanova
Here is a guy that has a freakish physical ability. His speed and strength for a player of his size is very rare. The only cause for concern is that he is still very raw. He will need some coaching to hone in his fundamentals. But selecting a player with his physical ability, that is said to be very coachable, is worth a 3rd round pick. If he lasts that long.
Round 4 Pick 119: Taylor Moton – Offensive Tackle/Guard from Western Michigan
Moton is a player that not enough people know about. Has experience at both tackle and guard and played very well in the east vs west game. He showed power and has a good burst off the line of scrimmage. Also, Moton performed well against Ohio State in 2015 and dominated Smoot from Illinois in their match-up this season. Needs some improvement on his footwork but after his combine, he would be a great pick in round 4.
Round 4 Pick 144: Anthony Walker – Inside Linebacker from Northwestern
Walker is a good fit for the Indianapolis Colts at inside linebacker. He has the size to fight off blockers and help in run defense. He put on 20 pounds coming into the 2016 season but it cost him a little in speed and quickness. His cover skills need improvement as well if he wants to be a legitimate starter. With some coaching, he could be a good player that adds depth and could potentially become a starter.
Round 5 Pick 160: Larry Ogunjobi – Defensive Tackle from North Carolina Charlotte
Now many of you are probably thinking, “who?!” and that is a fair question. But, you need to learn about this big man from the Charlotte 49ers. Has outstanding burst off of the line of scrimmage and strong hands to shed blocks. His arms aren’t quite as long as you would hope for. This means that he will have some trouble gaining leverage against lengthier guards and getting off blocks quickly. He was consistent though throughout his career at making plays behind the line of scrimmage and really wowed some GM’s with his combine performance. Ogunjobi would be a great option for the Colts and could play any position on the defensive line. However, hewould fit best at nose tackle if he can put on a little more weight.
Round 6 Pick 201: Carlos Henderson – Wide Receiver from Louisiana Tech
Here is another player that many fans may not know. Henderson had a terrific bowl game this year with 10 catches, 129 yards, and 2 touchdowns. He finished the 2016 season with 82 catches, 1,535 yards, and 19 touchdowns. He has a great ability to make really difficult catches look easy but does seem to take plays off at times. His fundamentals and his route running need improvement to start at the next level. Henderson has the hands, size, and speed to make it in the NFL and would help give Luck a late round weapon.
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