PFF draft board: Indianapolis Colts

Analyst Bryson Vesnaver takes a pick-by-pick look at the 2016 draft prospects that best fit the Colts' needs.

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PFF draft board: Indianapolis Colts

PFF is putting together team-specific draft boards for all 32 teams using our draft rankings and evaluation of how each player fits in specific schemes.

Included are three ideal targets for each team with their first-, second-, and third-round picks, along with a team-specific draft board [scroll down to bottom of article] that includes every player in PFF’s draft rankings.

Here is the entry for the Indianapolis Colts:

Round 1 (18th overall)

Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State

Whitehair isn’t a sexy pick for the Colts, but he would be a very useful one. The Colts are in need of interior offensive line help, and the best guard in this class would be an immediate upgrade. He doesn’t offer brute strength, but almost always puts himself in the perfect position to make the necessary block.

Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama

The Colts are in need of a big nose tackle to anchor their 3-4 defensive front, and Reed can be that player. He doesn’t offer a ton as a pass-rusher, but his +39.9 grade against the run was second-best in the nation last season. He can clog up the middle and knows how to find the ball and make a play.

Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

Floyd is a versatile player that can move all over the field on defense—something the Colts are very much in need of. He could fill a role at inside linebacker for them, or they could put him on the edge and let him unleash his inside spin and counter moves that gave FBS tackles nightmares last season.

Round 2 (48th overall)

Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah State

With Robert Mathis getting up there in age, the Colts need to find a young, athletic pass-rusher to take his place once he’s retired. Enter Fackrell, who is one of the better pass-rushers in this class. He also had a positive grade on 192 coverage snaps last season, so his versatility is something the Colts would love.

Josh Garnett, OG, Stanford

If the Colts can’t get Whitehair, then Garnett is the next best bet for them at guard. He’s a solid pass-blocker, but really shines as a powerful run-blocker and has the potential to be one of the best in the league in that area. He’s a perfect fit for the Colts’ man-blocking scheme.

Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA

Perkins would be a fantastic fit for the Colts because he’s likely not ready for a full-time role right away. With Frank Gore as the Colts’ starter, Perkins would get time to develop while being the change-of-pace back. He’s incredibly quick, and his elusive rating of 115.0 was best in the nation last year among FBS RBs.

Round 3 (82nd overall)

Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

There’s a good chance Henry is long-gone by this pick, but we at PFF like him as a third- or fourth-round selection. He’s an extremely powerful runner that can plow through contact, which the Colts would love given their offensive-line issues. The Colts’ situation would give the Heisman winner time to improve other parts of his game, as well.

Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn

Tackle isn’t the Colts’ most pressing need, but it is still a need. Coleman is a guy who can down-block in a man-scheme as well as any tackle in the draft. He’s got a lot of work to do in the pass-blocking game, but he could be a very useful player for Indianapolis with his NFL-ready run-blocking skills.

Dean Lowry, DE, Northwestern

The Colts would love an athletic player like Lowry on their defensive line. He’s best projected as a defensive end in the Colts’ 3-4 scheme, as he’s at his best when he can just run through the opposing lineman. He’s a work-in-progress, but he has elite athleticism that Indy could take a chance on.

PlayerPositionSchoolPFF Draft BoardIndianapolis Colts Draft Board
Joey BosaEDGEOhio State11
Myles JackLBUCLA62
Ezekiel ElliottRBOhio State73
Jalen RamseyCBFlorida State34
DeForest BucknerDIOregon25
Laremy TunsilOTOle Miss56
Sheldon RankinsDILouisville87
Cody WhitehairGKansas State178
Chris JonesDIMississippi State129
Corey ColemanWRBaylor910
Jared GoffQBCal411
Josh DoctsonWRTCU1012
Leonard FloydEDGEGeorgia1913
Jack ConklinOTMichigan State1314
Shaq LawsonEDGEClemson1115
Reggie RaglandLBAlabama2616
Jarran ReedDIAlabama2017
William Jackson IIICBHouston1518
Vernon HargreavesCBFlorida1819
Shilique CalhounEDGEMichigan State2920
Karl JosephSWest Virginia3021
Vernon ButlerDILouisiana Tech3222
Noah SpenceEDGEEastern Kentucky3623
Jaylon SmithLBNotre Dame2524
Carson WentzQBNorth Dakota State1425
Ryan KellyCAlabama4226
Andrew BillingsDIBaylor2227
Joshua GarnettGStanford5028
A'Shawn RobinsonDIAlabama4129
Leonte CarrooWRRutgers3530
Sterling ShepardWROklahoma2331
Rashard HigginsWRColorado State4032
Michael Thomas (OSU)WROhio State2433
Jerell AdamsTESouth Carolina5934
Scooby Wright IIILBArizona7135
Kyler FackrellEDGEUtah State6536
Paul PerkinsRBUCLA4937
Bronson KaufusiEDGEBYU6638
Adolphus WashingtonDIOhio State4339
Taylor DeckerOTOhio State5240
Kalan ReedCBSouthern Miss5440
Jordan HowardRBIndiana5640
Ronnie StanleyOTNotre Dame1643
Will FullerWRNotre Dame6044
Jeremy CashSDuke5345
Jonathan BullardDIFlorida2746
Michael Thomas (SM)WRSouthern Miss3846
Kamalei CorreaEDGEBoise State7848
Mackenzie AlexanderCBClemson2149
Hunter HenryTEArkansas3350
Hassan RidgewayDITexas5751
Kenny ClarkDIUCLA5851
Sheldon DayDINotre Dame3453
Connor CookQBMichigan State7554
Nick KwiatkowskiLBWest Virginia7654
Kevin DoddEDGEClemson7054
Kenneth DixonRBLouisiana Tech4757
Steven DanielsLBBoston College10157
Laquon TreadwellWROle Miss2859
Paxton LynchQBMemphis5560
Austin JohnsonDIPenn State3961
Eli AppleCBOhio State3162
Dean LowryDINorthwestern9762
Su'a CravensLBUSC4862
Nick MartinCNotre Dame4565
Spencer DrangoGBaylor10766
Alex CollinsRBArkansas8767
Keyarris GarrettWRTulsa6468
Shon ColemanOTAuburn9169
De'Vante HarrisCBTexas A&M6969
Malcolm MitchellWRGeorgia6769
Cre'Von LeBlancCBFlorida Atlantic9369
Isaac SeumaloGOregon State6373
Cyrus JonesCBAlabama7774
Jason SpriggsOTIndiana4675
Sebastian TretolaGArkansas12675
Joe ThuneyOTNC State5177
Xavien HowardCBBaylor8077
Tyler BoydWRPittsburgh8277
Matt SkuraCDuke12880
Nick VanHooseCBNorthwestern8881
Kevin ByardSMiddle Tennessee State7382
Joe SchobertEDGEWisconsin7482
Willie HenryDIMichigan9984
Emmanuel OgbahEDGEOklahoma State3785
Darian ThompsonSBoise State8386
Pharoh CooperWRSouth Carolina9687
Devin LucienWRArizona State9287
Joshua PerryLBOhio State8689
Christian WestermanGArizona State8589
Daniel BravermanWRWestern Michigan6291
Javon HargraveDISouth Carolina State7992
Vonn BellSOhio State9093
Thomas DuarteTEUCLA8993
Darius LathamDIIndiana8495
Austin HooperTEStanford12596
Will AnthonyEDGENavy13296
Darrell GreeneGSan Diego State15798
Le'Raven ClarkOTTexas Tech11999
Kevin PetersonCBOklahoma State94100
Braxton MillerWROhio State98100
David MorganTEUTSA153102
Carl NassibEDGEPenn State68102
Maliek CollinsDINebraska61104
Anthony ZettelDIPenn State114104
Jake McGeeTEFlorida123106
Darron LeeLBOhio State81107
Aaron BurbridgeWRMichigan State138108
Joe DahlOTWashington State112109
Brandon DoughtyQBWestern Kentucky109109
Germain IfediOTTexas A&M182111
Jordan PaytonWRUCLA118112
Tavon YoungCBTemple115112
Austin BlytheCIowa203114
Ronald BlairEDGEAppalachian State102114
Kentrell BrothersLBMissouri108116
Nelson SpruceWRColorado145117
Demarcus AyersWRHouston150117
Robert NkemdicheDIOle Miss44119
Matt IoannidisDITemple124119
Devon CajusteTEStanford174121
Tajae SharpeWRUmass180122
Jakeem GrantWRTexas Tech173122
Derrick HenryRBAlabama95124
Kyle MurphyOTStanford72125
Landon TurnerGNorth Carolina133126
C.J. ProsiseRBNotre Dame105126
Henry Krieger-CobleTEIowa230128
Jordan JenkinsEDGEGeorgia127128
Yannick NgakoueEDGEMaryland134130
Nila KasitatiGOklahoma152131
Cardale JonesQBOhio State222132
Devontae BookerRBUtah103133
Tyler GrayLBBoise State160133
Vernon Adams, JRQBOregon111135
Daniel LascoRBCal141136
Will ParksSArizona100137
Dadi Lhomme NicholasEDGEVirginia Tech161137
Aaron WallaceEDGEUCLA166137
Jihad WardDIIllinois159140
D.J. ReaderDIClemson162140
Terrell LathanDITCU167140
Alex McCalisterEDGEFlorida169143
Jayron KearseSClemson120144
Jack AllenCMichigan State122144
Nile Lawrence-StampleDIFlorida State148146
Kyle RoseDIWest Virginia168146
Sterling BaileyDIGeorgia170146
Delvon SimmonsDIUSC175146
Brennan ScarlettDIStanford178146
Brandon AllenQBArkansas104146
Cody KesslerQBUSC106146
Jatavis BrownLBAkron131153
Demarcus RobinsonWRFlorida140154
Tyrone HolmesEDGEMontana130155
Matt JohnsonQBBowling Green110156
Bryson AlbrightEDGEMiami (OH)195157
Travis FeeneyEDGEWashington196157
Kenyan DrakeRBAlabama135159
Jonathan WilliamsRBArkansas137159
Jacoby BrissettQBNC State151161
Charles TapperEDGEOklahoma136162
Will RedmondCBMississippi State116163
Byron MarshallWROregon121163
Keanu NealSFlorida176165
Terrell ChestnutCBWest Virginia129166
D.J. PettwayEDGEAlabama211167
Brandon ShellOTSouth Carolina191168
Quniton JeffersonDIMaryland210169
Graham GlasgowGMichigan158170
Miles KillebrewSSouther Utah187171
Trevone BoykinQBTCU142172
Kendall FullerCBVirginia Tech139172
Justin SimmonsSBoston College163174
Eric StrikerEDGEOklahoma165174
Kevin HoganQBStanford143176
Jeff DriskelQBLouisiana Tech149176
Eric MurrayCBMinnesota154176
Taveze CalhounCBMississippi State147176
Jhurell PressleyRBNew Mexico179180
Ian SeauEDGENevada219181
Matt JudonEDGEGrand Valley State220181
Praise Martin-OguikeEDGETemple208183
Adam GotsisDIGeorgia Tech177184
D.J. WhiteCBGeorgia Tech155185
Joe HaegOTNorth Dakota State117186
B.J. GoodsonLBClemson146187
Boston StiversonGKansas State237187
Jarell BroxtonGBaylor238187
Vadal AlexanderGLSU243187
KeiVarae RussellCBNotre Dame171191
Corey TindalCBMarshall172191
Kolby ListenbeeWRTCU181191
Mike RoseEDGENC State223194
Victor OchiEDGEStony Brook244194
Cory LittletonEDGEWashington246194
Ryker MathewsGBYU164197
Blake MartinezLBStanford198198
Ted KarrasGIllinois213198
Clayton FejedelemSIllinois201200
Tanner McEvoySWisconsin206200
Curt MaggittEDGETennessee207200
Cody CoreWROle Miss184203
Kenny LawlerWRCal193203
Cory JohnsonDIKentucky156205
Artie BurnsCBMiami144206
Tyler RobertsLBTroy215207
Rashard RobinsonCBLSU200208
Teddy RubenWRTroy212208
T.J. GreenSClemson217210
Tyler MatakevichLBTemple185211
Perez FordLBNorthern Illinois188211
Rees OdhiamboGBoise State190211
DeAndre WashingtonRBTexas Tech194211
Tyler ErvinRBSan Jose State197211
Max TuerkCUSC113216
Joey HuntCTCU189216
Eddie YarbroughEDGEWyoming192216
Trevon ColeyDIFlorida Atlantic186219
Dak PrescottQBMississippi State221220
Nick VigilLBUtah State205220
Jenson StoshakWRFlorida Atlantic214220
Jordan WilliamsWRBall State218220
Connor McGovernGMissouri202220
D.J. FosterWRArizona State216220
Deion JonesLBLSU250226
Josh FergusonRBIllinois235226
Caleb AzubikeEDGEVanderbilt209228
Mike HiltonSOle Miss233229
Jesse ChapmanCAppalachian State241229
Jake BrendelCUCLA245229
Jimmy BeanEDGEOklahoma State248229
Alex LewisOTNebraska183233
Connor WujciakDIBoston College204234
Vincent ValentineDINebraska234235
Martavius FosterDIColorado State240235
Donte DeayonCBBoise State199237
Roger LewisWRBowling Green224238
John TheusOTGeorgia231238
Jerald HawkinsOTLSU232238
Justin MurrayOTCincinnati249238
Nick ArbuckleQBGeorgia State242238
Prince Charles IworahCBWestern Kentucky225238
Jalen MillsCBLSU247238
Mitch MathewsWRBYU226238
Charone PeakeWRClemson229238
Chris MooreWRCincinnati236238
Trevor DavisWRCal239238
Alex EricksonWRWisconsin227238
Wendell SmallwoodRBWest Virginia228250

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Bryson has been an analyst at Pro Football Focus since 2014, and has also been a contributor to 120 Sports.

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