Now that the Colts are eliminated from the playoffs, it’s draft season
It’s a bittersweet moment for the Indianapolis Colts and their fans, but it is officially time to turn your eyes and ears to the 2021 NFL Draft. After a promising season with an older quarterback, the Colts made a playoff push and just fell short against the Buffalo Bills. However, look on the bright side, Chris Ballard is one of the best talent evaluators in the league, and your team just secured itself a better pick. If your team is not going to win the Super Bowl, it’s better to lose as early as they can.
In his time in Indianapolis, Ballard has drafted players like Quenton Nelson, Darius Leonard, Michael Pittman Jr., Jonathan Taylor, Julian Blackmon and many other contributors who play large roles on this team. The hit rate on the Colts’ day-two picks has been among the best in the league. With a mid first round pick, and two day two picks, Chris Ballard and the scouting team in Indianapolis can get their team right back to the playoffs.
It might have been a disappointing end to a promising season, but the team will come back improved next year.
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This mock draft was constructed using The Draft Network’s Mock Draft Machine.
Round 1: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
The Colts have Rock Ya-Sin, Kenny Moore and Xavier Rhodes are the starting cornerbacks for this team currently. Ya-Sin has been somewhat inconsistent, Kenny Moore is one of the best nickel corners in the league, and while Rhodes has had a resurgence this year, he is only getting older and might not stay at that level of play next year.
Jaycee Horn is a long, athletic, physical cornerback who doesn’t back down from anybody on the football field. He will knock a ball down and won’t let you forget about it for the rest of the game. His trash talking, intense mentality is like that of Jalen Ramsey.
The Colts have one of the best run defenses in the NFL, and their defensive coordinator, Matt Eberflus, is one of the smarter defensive minds in the NFL; getting him a cornerback with that talent of Horn will only make this defense more formidable.
Horn has been putting on a show all season against some of the best wide receivers in the nation. With NFL bloodlines, Horn follows in the footsteps of his father, Joe Horn, and steps into the spotlight for his new team. Jaycee Horn should be able to step into an immediate starting role on this team.