After a disappointing season, the Indianapolis Colts are set to pick 13th overall in April. This is a team that is only one or two players away from making it back to the playoffs, which makes this draft selection even more important. So who could the Colts take?
Let’s take a look at three players they should target in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
3. Tee Higgins, Wide Receiver, Clemson
The Colts still have T.Y. Hilton, who is one of the better receivers in the league when healthy, but he gets banged up a lot and when he’s off the field the team is really lacking weapons.
Tee Higgins is a big-bodied receiver who can also be a deep threat. This is a loaded draft class, so the pre-draft workouts and combines are going to be important for him.
If the team doesn’t decide to take Higgins or he is already drafted, there is going to be a receiver that is on the board when they pick that could be an impact player next season.
2. Derrick Brown, Defensive Tackle, Auburn
It might be a stretch to say Derrick Brown will be on the board when the Colts draft, but if he is, the Colts will probably have a hard time passing him up. Defensive tackle is one of the biggest weaknesses on the Colts and it’s something they need to address early in the draft. If they don’t take a defensive lineman in the first round, they need to take one in the next couple of rounds.
Brown is explosive getting off the line and he should spend a lot of his career in the opponents’ backfield. It also wouldn’t be a bad idea for the Browns to give up a second-round pick and a late-round pick to move up into the top 10 to get Brown.
1. Justin Herbert, Quarterback, Oregon
The Colts don’t seem sold on Jacoby Brissett long-term, which means they should be looking for their future quarterback in this draft. Herbert is the prototypical quarterback and has a big arm that scouts love. Herbert does still have some things to work on, including reading defenses.
It might be smart for Herbert to sit on the bench for one year and the Colts have that luxury with Brissett’s contract. The team is looking for a replacement for Andrew Luck long-term and maybe a young kid from Eugene can be the guy to take on that task.
Whoever the Colts do end up drafting, it’s important the team gets this pick right.