The Indianapolis Colts weren’t pleased with how the 2019 season ended: They missed the playoffs. Following a disappointing season, the Colts could undergo quite a few changes on the roster.
First and foremost, Indianapolis could choose to address the quarterback position. Either in free agency or in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Colts are inevitably going to add another quarterback. The million-dollar question is who that quarterback will be.
Prior to free agency, Indianapolis will have $86.1 million in cap space, according to Spotrac. Therefore, the Colts could try to add one of the high-profile free agents like Tom Brady or Philip Rivers.
Instead of signing a veteran, the Colts could also go with the youthful route in this year’s draft. As a result of going 7-9 in the regular season, Indianapolis will be on the clock with the No. 13 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
For the purpose of this article, Indianapolis is going to select Jordan Love, the quarterback out of Utah State in the first round. After selecting the quarterback of their future, who could the Colts draft with the No. 34 pick in the draft?
2. Tee Higgins
In the event that the Colts take Love in the first round of the draft, there’s no rush to start the rookie signal-caller with Jacoby Brissett still on the roster. Regardless of who is under center, Indianapolis needs to add a wide receiver or two this offseason.
Seeing that this year’s draft class is loaded at wide receiver, the Colts would be remiss to not draft one of the countless options. Of the receivers available, Tee Higgins would be among the group that would be a perfect fit for the Colts.
Higgins is a 6-foot-4 wide receiver that is extremely athletic for his size. Over his final two seasons at Clemson, Higgins combined for 118 receptions, 2,103 yards, and 25 touchdowns. Putting a big-bodied weapon like Higgins alongside T.Y. Hilton and Parris Campbell would pay dividends for the Colts.
1. Justin Jefferson
Near the end of the first round, there is a bevy of teams that are in need of a wide receiver. In light of that, the Colts could miss out on the guy they ultimately want with the 34th overall pick.
If he is still available when the Colts make their second selection in the draft, then Justin Jefferson is a perfect addition for Indianapolis’ offense. While LSU compiled a historic season on offense, Jefferson contributed 111 receptions for 1,540 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2019.
Despite his impressive numbers, Jefferson actually had the second-best season from an LSU receiver this season. Alongside Jefferson, Ja’Marr Chase corralled 84 passes for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns.
With that being said, Jefferson is an extremely talented wideout in his own right. Even though he operated out of the slot often, Jefferson didn’t show anything that would say he isn’t capable of being able to play on the outside in an offense.