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Indianapolis Colts Mock Draft Monday: April 16
April 16, 2018 04:03 PM | Andrew Walker
Expert: Dan Kadar, SBNation

Date of mock draft: April 16 (link)

Selection: Quenton Nelson, guard, Notre Dame

Analysis: "Choosing between Nelson and Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is a tough ask for Colts General Manager Chris Ballard. Guards Jack Mewhort and Matt Slauson are only on one-year deals, and Nelson is simply better than the both of them. Adding Nelson could go a long way in keeping Andrew Luck upright, and making the Colts relevant again."

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Expert:
Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: April 16 (link)

Selection: Saquon Barkley, running back, Penn State

Analysis: "With the top prospects at their biggest positions of need off the board (Chubb, Nelson), the Colts still get fantastic value here, replacing future Hall of Famer Frank Gore with arguably the best overall player in this year's draft. Barkley is a rare talent and a three-down weapon Andrew Luck will love when he returns to full strength."

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Expert: Chad Reuter, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: April 5 (link)

Selection: Quenton Nelson, guard, Notre Dame

Analysis: "When Andrew Luck returns, the Colts will need to protect him. Nelson can do that, as well as plow open lanes for whichever running back they take later in the draft to replace Frank Gore."

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Expert: Steve Palazzolo, Pro Football Focus

Date of mock draft: April 3 (link)

Selection: Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa

Analysis: "The Colts need help all over the defense, and they start their franchise-altering draft with one of the best ball hawks in the class. Jackson had a breakout 2017 campaign that saw him lead the nation in both interceptions (eight) and pass breakups (17), all while allowing a passer rating of 31.3, fifth-best in the country. Jackson has the skills to excel in any scheme and he's the first piece in what could be a defensive overhaul for the Colts."

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Expert:
Charley Casserly, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: April 3 (link)

Selection: Quenton Nelson, guard, Notre Dame

Analysis: "Nelson is the best offensive lineman to enter the draft since 2000."

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Expert:
Peter Schrager, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: March 29 (link)

Selection: Harold Landry, defensive end, Boston College

Analysis: "PROJECTED TRADE WITH BILLS. Landry battled injury and had a down year in 2017, but would he not be a dazzling fit in Matt Eberflus' scheme? Landry set the BC single-season sack record with 16.5 in 2016 and is rapidly rising up draft boards."

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Expert: Dion Caputi, National Football Post

Date of mock draft: March 28 (link)

Selection: Bradley Chubb, defensive end, North Carolina State

Analysis: "How smart does Chris Ballard look if this materializes? The Colts collectively accumulated 25.0 sacks in 2017 - good for second-worst in the NFL. Chubb is the defined No. 1 edge player in the class and has amassed 44 TFL and 20.0 sacks over the past (two) seasons."

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Expert: Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: March 27 (link)

Selection: Tremaine Edmunds, linebacker, Virginia Tech

Analysis: "The Colts are still in position to grab guys like Roquan Smith or Quenton Nelson, but I'll give them Edmunds, the freakish LB with the sky-high ceiling."

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Expert: Matt Miller, Bleacher Report

Date of mock draft: March 26 (link)

Selection: Marcus Davenport, defensive end, Texas-San Antonio

Analysis: "After trading back, again, the Indianapolis Colts will gain pick Nos. 12, 22 and 96 in this hypothetical deal with the Buffalo Bills in exchange for the No. 6 spot. By trading back, general manager Chris Ballard gets more draft capital to continue a massive roster overhaul. At No. 12, Ballard and Co. still get a top-notch player who fills a huge need. Marcus Davenport is raw, coming from tiny Texas-San Antonio. But he showed during the season, at the Senior Bowl and the combine that he's the type of athletic rarity who can make the needed improvements to make an early NFL impact."

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Expert:
Charles Davis, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: March 22 (link)

Selection: Bradley Chubb, defensive end, North Carolina State

Analysis: "This selection fills a screaming need for the Colts, but a huge internal debate must be had: Do they pick Chubb or Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson to protect Andrew Luck?!"

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Expert:
Eric Galko, Sporting News

Date of mock draft: March 21 (link)

Selection: Bradley Chubb, defensive end, North Carolina State

Analysis: "The Colts would not have moved back to No. 6 overall without knowing who they might be able to select. Chubb is exactly what the Colts need from a skill-set and personality perspective."

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Expert:
Albert Breer, Sports Illustrated/MMQB

Date of mock draft: March 21 (link)

Selection: Bradley Chubb, defensive end, North Carolina State

Analysis: "This would be a great scenario for GM Chris Ballard-all those picks intact, and Chubb and Quenton Nelson still on the board. The tiebreaker between the two? Position value."

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