The Indianapolis Colts are heading into the NFL offseason with quite a few needs after missing the playoffs. Andrew Luck’s surprise retirement ahead of the regular season changed everything for the Colts. Jacoby Brissett stepped in and performed well, but it wasn’t enough to power Indianapolis to the postseason.
Looking ahead at the offseason, the Colts may be looking to upgrade their quarterback depth chart. Rumors have been swirling that they could look to sign either Philip Rivers or Tom Brady. However, the 2020 NFL Draft is where the team really needs to focus on bringing in talent.
Chris Ballard will have his work cut out for him, but the Colts have seen him hit in the draft again and again. This year needs to continue on the path that he has set over the past few years.
All of that being said, Indianapolis has the No. 13 overall pick in the NFL Draft. Here are three prospects that they should already be targeting with that pick.
Justin Herbert, Quarterback, Oregon
First up, the Colts could look for a new quarterback in the draft. If they choose to go that route, there is an option that some mock drafts have falling right into the area of the No. 13 pick. That quarterback would be Oregon Ducks signal-caller Justin Herbert.
At one point, Herbert was thought to be the top quarterback prospect in the draft class. That has changed with Joe Burrow running away as the obvious No. 1 overall pick. If Herbert is still available when the Colts are on the clock, Ballard would have a tough time passing him up.
CeeDee Lamb, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma
Another position of need for the Colts is wide receiver, which became apparent during the 2019 season. When T.Y. Hilton went down with an injury, the offense was brutal. Brissett didn’t have enough weapons to work with outside of Zach Pascal, who performed admirably as the stand-in top target.
CeeDee Lamb had a big 2019 season for the Sooners, catching 62 passes for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns. Indianapolis would be wise to take a long look at him. Lamb could be exactly the type of target that the franchise needs across from Hilton and alongside Pascal.
Xavier McKinney, Cornerback, Alabama
Finally, the Colts could take a look at the defensive side of the football. Xavier McKinney is a standout cornerback from Alabama and is one of the top defensive backs in this draft class. Indianapolis has a major need at cornerback and McKinney would be an immediate fix for them.
Add McKinney in alongside 2019 rookie Rock Ya-Sin and the Colts would have a duo of cornerbacks to build around. Indianapolis cannot afford to continue being mediocre in the secondary. McKinney has superstar potential and would be a great target for Ballard to look at.