This is a crucial Draft for the Colts, with new GM Chris Ballard anxious to show that he can bring success back to the franchise.
2016 Record: 8-8
What went right in 2016? The Colts managed to put together a half-decent season almost despite themselves. The recent revelation that Andrew Luck played the entire season with a shoulder problem partly explains this. Indeed, having one of the top ten offenses in the NFL in 2016 begins to look like an achievement with that knowledge to hand. T. Y. Hilton, despite what many perceived as an off-year, made the top ten at wide receiver.
And what went wrong? The defense was woeful, ranked 30th in the NFL overall and in the bottom ten of every category. Offensively, they leaned too heavily on Hilton and the offensive line simply couldn’t block well enough.
What do they need? Running Back, Offensive Line, Defensive Line, Linebacker
Who will they pick? This really is a tough situation for Ballard and head coach Chuck Pagano. They have to choose between a defense that needs upgrading across the board, which would probably see them taking defensive end Takkarist McKinley, or giving their franchise quarterback the chance of staying healthy for the whole season, in which case they should reach for Wisconsin tackle Ryan Ramczyk. We suspect that it will be the former option, but wouldn’t be surprised either way.