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Potential Draft Picks for the Indianapolis Colts in the 2018 NFL Draft

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  • #31
    Originally posted by cdash View Post

    We would have essentially controlled the draft at that point. We aren't in a bad position now by any stretch, but the #2 pick would have been much better. Sure, we can still make a trade, but at #2, I mean, we could have traded down to #3, still gotten the best non-QB available, and picked up some high quality assets.
    IKR. But at the same time, there’s no telling if it’s a **** punch as you said. We could have been “stuck” at two with no trade offers or only offered a trade that would slide the team too far back...
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    • #32
      Originally posted by Natston View Post

      IKR. But at the same time, there’s no telling if it’s a **** punch as you said. We could have been “stuck” at two with no trade offers or only offered a trade that would slide the team too far back...
      Then take the best QB available. Those are the only players worth that high of a draft pick.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by Bluboy View Post

        Then take the best QB available. Those are the only players worth that high of a draft pick.
        That only makes sense if Luck is done, or if someone has been consistently and vehemently anti-Luck.
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        • #34
          Originally posted by Natston View Post

          That only makes sense if Luck is done, or if someone has been consistently and vehemently anti-Luck.
          Hey, if you want to get a haul for your pick you have to be willing to take a QB. No one will know what Luck has left until he hits the field. My guess is not much but who knows. At any rate, I would be against taking a QB with our pick for the same reason that we shouldn't draft a running back either. We have no offensive line. That has to be fixed before you go adding skill player with high picks in my opinion. You are right, I have always thought that Luck was vastly overrated and overhyped when he was healthy. Now that he has become the man of glass and has missed 26 games in his brief career, he is certainly a big risk. If it works out, great, he will still be overrated and overhyped. If it doesn't, the Colts won't have to worry about getting a high draft pick to take a franchise QB in the next year or two.

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          • #35
            Originally posted by Foul on Smits View Post
            Bradley Chubb

            He could be the Colts pick. This guy is an absolute game wrecker of the JJ Watt type. If anyone watched NC State vs FSU early this year, man alive he was destroying FSU.


            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_LdxYqeNdg

            So i still love Chubb. I always loved Barkley. He reminds me of MJD and Zeke Elliott mixed. I think i'm still on Chubb. I'm going to predict something here. I think the Browns will take Chubb #1. I'm not sure we even see him at the #3 pick. I think the Browns stack there chips behind Kizer and grab Chubb #1 overall.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by Foul on Smits View Post


              So i still love Chubb. I always loved Barkley. He reminds me of MJD and Zeke Elliott mixed. I think i'm still on Chubb. I'm going to predict something here. I think the Browns will take Chubb #1. I'm not sure we even see him at the #3 pick. I think the Browns stack there chips behind Kizer and grab Chubb #1 overall.
              They will take a QB or trade down and then they might take Chubb. I have seen Chubb listed at pick 10 or lower. No way he will be number one.

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              • #37
                Originally posted by cdash View Post

                Right, well, believe what you want, but I guarantee that guy isn't returning to UCLA.

                Edit: Why I'm so confident in this: He won't want to play for what, his third offensive coordinator in as many years? He had an excellent season, his stock is really high, he missed virtually his entire sophomore season due to injury, and he's not a no brainer #1 pick. If Darnold comes out, it's probably a toss up between those two.

                Well if he really doesn't want to play for the Browns I think he rather play for his 3rd offensive coordinator than to be another casualty of the Browns QB carousel *shrugs*


                Then again this may be a moot point the Browns might not even draft a QB or they do but trade him away because they want picks(which would be a smarter move but they're the Browns so..)

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by Basketball Fan View Post


                  Well if he really doesn't want to play for the Browns I think he rather play for his 3rd offensive coordinator than to be another casualty of the Browns QB carousel *shrugs*


                  Then again this may be a moot point the Browns might not even draft a QB or they do but trade him away because they want picks(which would be a smarter move but they're the Browns so..)
                  I feel pretty confident the Browns will take a QB at #1. John Dorsey has been making a stink about it and they've been getting a lot of grief for passing on Wentz/Watson the past few years.

                  I would just be shocked if Rosen went back to school. He's not a great fit for a Chip Kelly system, and I don't think he's the type of can't miss guy that can dictate his terms like a Manning or an Elway.

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                  • #39
                    Was Eli a can't miss prospect? Well compared to Peyton probably people seem to forget that Manning wasn't a sure thing as #1. Many thought the Colts made the mistake of taking him over Leaf.

                    Most of those people aren't going to publically admit that mistake either.

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by Bluboy View Post

                      Why draft a generational running back to play behind a Swiss cheese offensive line? Deal that pick for a lower one and more picks. Chubb will still be available and so will Nelson. If you don't get an offer for that pick take the best QB available as insurance against Luck being finished. If you don't at least act like you will take a QB then there is no reason for anyone to trade for your pick.
                      Because he's a generational running back. Like I said, the O line needs drastic attention, but you pick #3, you get a superstar. Either trade the pick down a few picks and get your superstar and then follow up with a bunch of O line picks, or you go #3 with your superstar, but you just don't pass up those opportunities.

                      And btw, we could go with all O-line picks after round 1 and I would be perfectly fine with it, lol...

                      I like Barkley and Chubb... but if we draft someone else because Ballard feels like one of those two has some red flags, I'm good with it, but at #3, we better get a damn impactful player. Since '94, we've only had four top-5 picks.. and we landed Manning, Luck, Edge, and Marshall Faulk. That level of pedigree needs to continue for this franchise to have a chance.
                      Last edited by Kid Minneapolis; 01-02-2018, 10:20 PM.
                      There are two types of quarterbacks in the league: Those whom over time, the league figures out ... and those who figure out the league.

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by Basketball Fan View Post
                        Was Eli a can't miss prospect? Well compared to Peyton probably people seem to forget that Manning wasn't a sure thing as #1. Many thought the Colts made the mistake of taking him over Leaf.

                        Most of those people aren't going to publically admit that mistake either.
                        Yeah, I'd say Eli was in that category. We'll see. If Rosen goes back to UCLA, I'll gladly come back and admit my mistake.

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by Kid Minneapolis View Post

                          Because he's a generational running back. Like I said, the O line needs drastic attention, but you pick #3, you get a superstar. Either trade the pick down a few picks and get your superstar and then follow up with a bunch of O line picks, or you go #3 with your superstar, but you just don't pass up those opportunities.
                          When you do that, it will only be a matter of time before he has a career ending injury just like Luck. I heard people say that Luck was a big strong young man and he would hold up. I was 100% sure that he would not. Dallas can take a superstar running back because the offensive line is in place to support him. If they draft Barkley, the same damn thing will happen but to a running back. Remember how short Edge's career really was. He was never the same after his knee injury. It isn't worth the risk in my opinion.

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                          • #43
                            I would argue that we drafted Manning and Marshall without having an O-line either. You just don't pass up opportunities like this, Blu. If we were drafting mid-first, sure, you go o-line. But at #3? We didn't suck all year just to trade down and take a bunch of middling linemen. You get Luck another star.

                            You have many other avenues for addressing the oline. If you're able to trade down to like #5 and pick up another pick or two, then sure. But I wouldn't go any further than that. You still have to land someone of major impact in the top 5. This roster is devoid of bluechips. We have a single bluechip, and he's missed most of the past two seasons.

                            And again, I'm not saying ignore the O-line. I'm just saying, we don't have to get o-line with #3. Trade down af ew spots, and use the picks we picked up on o-line, but with only 1 o-line prospect even worthy of top-5 talk, we aren't necessarily married to an o-lineman in the top 5.
                            Last edited by Kid Minneapolis; 01-02-2018, 10:30 PM.
                            There are two types of quarterbacks in the league: Those whom over time, the league figures out ... and those who figure out the league.

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                            • #44
                              It makes little sense to pick a running back that high unless you have a proven team with a solid quarterback and/or can afford a luxury pick. Dallas with Ezekiel Elliott; Carolina last year with McCaffrey. Our roster is littered with holes and low level talent from years of poor drafting and free agent signings. We can't afford a luxury pick that high.

                              The Browns seem like a very logical landing spot for Barkley. Assuming they go Darnold/Rosen at #1, then you can take a guy like Saquon with the #4 pick and suddenly, you have elite talent in the backfield.

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by Kid Minneapolis View Post
                                I would argue that we drafted Manning and Marshall without having an O-line either. You just don't pass up opportunities like this, Blu. If we were drafting mid-first, sure, you go o-line. But at #3? We didn't suck all year just to trade down and take a bunch of middling linemen. You get Luck another star.

                                You have many other avenues for addressing the oline. If you're able to trade down to like #5 and pick up another pick or two, then sure. But I wouldn't go any further than that. You still have to land someone of major impact in the top 5. This roster is devoid of bluechips. We have a single bluechip, and he's missed most of the past two seasons.

                                And again, I'm not saying ignore the O-line. I'm just saying, we don't have to get o-line with #3. Trade down af ew spots, and use the picks we picked up on o-line, but with only 1 o-line prospect even worthy of top-5 talk, we aren't necessarily married to an o-lineman in the top 5.
                                Cart before the horse scenario. The Colts did just what you suggest with Luck and they couldn't build a line around him in five years. It has cost him 26 games of his career and it may have ended his career. Your path will just be doing the same thing all over again. Get the great OLine first and if Luck is able to come back, it will be a pass protecting line, not a bulldozing line for a running back. You can sign UFA running backs that can be adequate. This line has given up fifty sacks in each of the two last years. The very LAST thing the Colts need is a high pick running back who winds up on the IR his first season and has about a three year career if that. Draft Oline or edge rusher with every pick if you want to see this team improve. Free agent offensive linemen rarely work out because teams do not let good ones go, they are that rare. Trade down and then see what you can get. Perhaps Chubb, perhaps Nelson or perhaps neither one but trade down and take the best you can get and more of them. T-Rich was a number three pick was he not? How did that work out?

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