11 players Indianapolis Colts could target on Day 2 of NFL draft | Sporting News

11 players Indianapolis Colts could target on Day 2 of NFL draft | Sporting News

The first round of the NFL draft has passed but that doesn’t mean it is over for the Indianapolis Colts.

Heading into Day 2, the Colts have the No. 46 and No. 82 selections to use. But knowing how Chris Ballard likes to move around the board, it wouldn’t be a shock if the Colts made trades both up and down the draft board throughout the day.

Following the selection of Laiatu Latu, eyes are on Ballard adding a playmaker to the passing attack and help to the secondary via a cornerback and safety. I wouldn’t rule out a linebacker being a target to add some depth.

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Colts’ targets on Day 2 of NFL Draft

Here are 11 prospects that could end up being on the Colts by the end of Friday night: 

1. CB Cooper DeJean, Iowa

A player who was mocked frequently to the Colts throughout the process at the No. 15 selection or in a trade-back situation ended up sliding out of the first round. DeJean is a versatile defensive back who can play on the boundary, as a nickel, and safety. His skill set fits Gus Bradley’s scheme perfectly as a boundary corner. His return ability also gives him some special teams value. 

Ballard likely will have to trade up from the No. 46 spot if he wants to add DeJean to his defense. 

2. WR Adonai (AD) Mitchell, Texas

Mitchell is another prospect who had first-round buzz but didn’t hear his name called on Thursday night. If Ballard would like to add an X receiver who can be a red zone threat for Anthony Richardson then Mitchell is an ideal fit for that role. Indianapolis has a chance to select a receiver that has the skill set to develop into a No. 1 receiver. 

With receiver-needy teams ahead of the Colts, Ballard might have to trade up to select him at the top of the second round. 

3. CB Kool-Aid McKinstry, Alabama

There was speculation that McKinstry would be selected in the back half of the first round but similar to the prospects above, he is available heading into Friday night. He has the tools to develop into a Pro Bowl-caliber cornerback. Indianapolis could form a young cornerback tandem with potential with the selection of McKinstry to pair with last year’s second-round pick JuJu Brents. 

McKinstry is another prospect that Ballard may have to trade up for in the second round to land. 

4. WR Ladd McConkey, Georgia

If Shane Steichen wanted a reliable receiver who is a polished route runner for his offense then McConkey should be on the Colts’ radar heading into Friday night. He can play on the boundary and in the slot which could give Steichen some flexibility on how he can use him in the offense. 

McConkey could be available at No. 46 if a receiver-needy team doesn’t select him but might require a move up the board. 

5. LB Payton Wilson, N.C. State

Zaire Franklin and E.J. Speed are locked-in starters at linebacker for the Indy defense but when you factor in the depth beyond them and with Speed set to be a free agent in 2025, it wouldn’t be a shock if Ballard takes a Day 2 linebacker. Wilson is an elite athlete for a linebacker who has the potential to be a playmaker at the next level. 

His medical concerns are his major question marks, but if Indianapolis is ok with them like they were with Laiatu Latu then he could come off the board for the Colts anywhere from the No. 46 to No. 82 selection depending on where his medicals stand with other NFL teams. 

6. CB T.J. Tampa, Iowa State

Another quality option at cornerback for the Colts is Tampa. He was a three-year starter for the Cyclones and comes from a zone-heavy scheme which would help him translate into Gus Bradley’s defensive scheme. He’s a sticky cover corner who offers the skill set to develop into a starting-caliber corner. 

Tampa could hear his name called anywhere between the No. 46 to No. 82 slots. There could be some maneuvers on the board by Ballard to land him in the second or third round.  

7. LB Edgerrin Cooper, Texas A&M

Cooper is a linebacker prospect who fits the mold that Ballard has selected throughout his history as the general manager. He has the length, and sideline-to-sideline speed, and gives an upgrade to the linebacker room with his coverage ability. 

Cooper could hear his name called at the start of the second round so a trade-up may have to happen if Ballard is a big fan of his game. 

8.  S Jaden Hicks, Washington State

Julian Blackmon and Nick Cross are currently the penciled-in starters at the safety spots but with depth concerns, betting on Cross taking the next step in Year 3, and Blackmon set to be a free agent in 2025, adding a safety prospect to the roster makes sense for the Colts. Hicks is a versatile safety that can contribute in multiple ways including special teams in Year 1. 

He could hear his name called between the No. 46 and No. 82 selections. Another prospect Ballard could maneuver on the board to land him. 

9. CB Max Melton, Rutgers

A cornerback prospect that would be a great fit for the Colts is Melton. He’s a competitive athletic cornerback who can play on the boundary and nickel. A great depth option that can compete for a boundary role and give security if Kenny Moore II has to miss any time. Melton can also contribute as a special teamer in Year 1. 

He’s another prospect that can fall between Indy’s second and third-round picks. Potential board maneuvering opportunity for Ballard. 

10. S Javon Bullard, Georgia

Bullard is another versatile safety prospect that should be on the Colts’ radar on Day 2. His ability to play in the nickel role can give Gus Bradley some flexibility on how to deploy him in his defense. Bullard can be another option for depth behind Kenny Moore II if any unfortunate injury occurs. He can compete for a starting role with Cross but can get on the field on Day 1 in a rotational role. 

Another board maneuvering opportunity with the expectation that Bullard will come off the board between the second and third rounds. 

11. WR Troy Franklin, Oregon

Franklin is a popular choice for the Colts to target on Day 2 thanks to his ability as a vertical threat on the outside. He has a slight frame at 176 pounds, but his 4.41 in the 40-yard dash and 39-inch vertical jump show up plenty on tape. There are some concerns with concentration drops, but he could be an intriguing addition as a deep threat to match with Anthony Richardson’s big arm.

Franklin is a polarizing prospect in terms of his projected draft capital. He could go anywhere between picks in the 30s all the way down to the third round.

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