The 2017 NFL Draft is just a month away. And the Indianapolis Colts will select 15th overall.
GM Chris Ballard could head in several directions with the Colts’ first overall pick next month.
Even after signing 12 free agents over the last few weeks, the Colts still have several glaring holes on both sides of the ball.
But Mel Kiper’s latest mock draft has the Colts likely addressing one of those biggest needs.
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That would be inside linebacker, as Kiper has the Colts looking at Reuben Foster from Alabama. Here is what Kiper had to say about the choice.
Let’s be clear here: I don’t have Foster, a top-five talent, dropping because of his bizarre combine ejection. He’s dropping here because not many teams above the Colts at No. 15 need a true inside linebacker. The Bengals and Saints, for instance, have both signed inside linebackers in free agency. Whichever team takes Foster, though, is getting a big-time, sideline-to-sideline defender with All-Pro potential. Indianapolis has done a solid job of upgrading its roster this offseason, and picking Foster (6-0, 229) is another step toward defensive respectability.
Foster, who is at the top of many draft boards, is a day 1 starter for the Colts.
Over his last three seasons at Alabama, Foster finished with 211 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 7 sacks and 9 passes defended.
Think Bobby Wagner or a healthy NaVorro Bowman. This selection would be a homerun is Foster can drop this far. And part of that might actually be from his combine incident.
The bottom line, however, is that Foster will control the middle of the Colts defense. Something they have not had since Gary Brackett was here.