2 perfect options for the Colts with the No. 44 overall pick in the NFL Draft
The Indianapolis Colts are among the teams that are positioned perfectly for an active offseason. Considering the amount of cap space they possess and the number of draft picks they own, the Colts can improve upon an already talented roster.
To be exact, Indianapolis is prepared to head into free agency with $86.1 million in cap space, according to Spotrac. Aside from their adequate amount of cap space, the Colts also have three draft picks in the first two rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft.
In the months leading up to the draft in April, it has become a growing possibility that the Colts select a quarterback in the first round. At the same time, fans in Indianapolis would be content with someone like CeeDee Lamb or Jerry Jeudy joining the offense.
Following the Colts crucial first-round selection, they will have two second-round picks at their disposal. Besides holding the 34th overall pick, Indianapolis also has control of the 44th overall pick.
Like many teams, it remains to be seen what Indianapolis intends to do in the early rounds of the draft. With that being said, here are two perfect options for the Colts with the No. 44 pick in the NFL Draft.
With the 44th overall pick in the second round, the Colts are in an optimal spot to bolster the interior of their defensive line. While Denico Autry and Grover Stewart have shown flashes, Indianapolis could use another stout interior defender on their defense.
Luckily for the Colts, they should have a few options to choose from in the second round. Of the incoming prospects, Justin Madubuike out of Texas A&M is an interesting choice for Indianapolis.
Madubuike would excel in a defense that doesn’t require him to be a nose tackle. Fortunately, the Colts would deploy him as a 4-3 defensive tackle. In his final two seasons at Texas A&M, Madubuike proved that he can be a polished pass rusher as he combined for 11 sacks and four forced fumbles from 2018-2019.
Again, the Colts should be in the market for some aid within the interior of their defensive line. Even though Madubuike would be a solid selection, Neville Gallimore might be an even better fit for Indianapolis’ defense.
Coming into the draft, Gallimore is among the list of under-the-radar prospects on defense. Similarly to Madubuike, Gallimore would thrive in a 4-3 defense as a one-gap defensive tackle.
Over his four seasons at Oklahoma, Gallimore continually showed improvement as a pass rusher. Adding Gallimore to Autry and Stewart on the defensive line would give the Colts a dynamic trio at defensive tackle.