The Indianapolis Colts ended the 2020 NFL season with a 27-24 loss to the Buffalo Bills during Super Wildcard Weekend. In Philip Rivers’ only season with Indy, he led them back to the playoffs and 11 wins.
After losing in the wild card round, Rivers decided to hang up the cleats and retire from the NFL. With Rivers gone and backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett a free agent, Indianapolis decided to trade for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz to be their new starting signal caller.
With Wentz already under contract, the Colts can use their first round pick to either bolster their offense or address the defense in April’s NFL Draft. At No. 21 overall, they should have plenty of options to choose from.
Indianapolis Colts 2021 Draft Picks
Round 1: No. 21, DE Kwity Paye
Round 2: No. 54, DE Dayo Odeyingbo
Round 4: No. 127, TE Kylen Granson
Round 5: No. 165, S Shawn Davis
Round 7: No. 248, OT Will Fries
Offense: Left Tackle, Wide Receiver
After spending a second round last season on wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr., the Colts would be better off addressing the offensive line in the first round. Indianapolis is pretty much set across the offensive line, except at the left tackle position. The Colts lost starter Anthony Costanzo to retirement, leaving a void to protect the blindside of Carson Wentz.
Defense: Defensive End, Linebacker, Cornerback, Strong Safety
If the Colts don’t go offense with their first round pick, they could use it to add depth to their defense. Last season, Indianapolis was ranked 10th in team defense, 20th in pass defense (241.6 ypg), and second in run defense (90.5). At cornerback, they have Kenny Moore, Rock Ya-Sin, and Xavier Rhodes.
Rhodes is the elder statesmen of the group, but the Colts will eventually need to replace him with a younger cornerback. At linebacker, Indy has Darius Leonard, but could use their first round pick to replace Anthony Walker, who left in free agency.
Dream first pick
With the 21st overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select Notre Dame offensive tackle Liam Eichenberg. The Colts get their left tackle of the future and solidify their offensive line.