Chris Landry has an updated breakdown on Colts / Ballard draft here-
Round 1/15 – Malik Hooker, S, 6-2, 205, Ohio State
Big-play defensive back who has the ability to cover sideline-to-sideline. Possesses outstanding size, speed and quickness. Has great ball skills who needs to work on his tackling technique. Hooker (6’1/206) turned pro as a redshirt sophomore after breaking out for 5.5 tackles for loss and seven interceptions in 2016, including three pick sixes. He averaged an absurd 25.9 yards per runback on his turnovers forced, playing free safety like a ball-hawking wideout. Hooker underwent shoulder and sports hernia surgeries in January, but should be 100% well before camp. Blessed with huge hands (10 3’4″) and innate playmaking ability, Hooker is a pure center fielder who has some issues in run support but has drawn Ed Reed comparisons for his back-end vision and field-flipping takeaway skills.
Round 2/46 – Quincy Wilson, CB, 6-1, 213, Florida
Impressive size and strength for a cornerback who could move inside to safety if needed. Was strong in press coverage while in college. Confident defensive back with a lot of swagger. Wilson (6’2/211) turned pro after three years in Gainesville, making 24 starts and compiling six INTs while earning second-team All-SEC in 2016 despite being overshadowed by Teez Tabor. Whereas his size is an obvious plus, Wilson demonstrated gambling tendencies on tape and managed 37th-percentile SPARQ results with a pedestrian forty (4.54), vertical (32″), and broad (9’10″) jump at the Combine. Wilson did post a strong three-cone time (6.86). While NFL scouts have been split on whether Wilson should play cornerback or safety, he will almost assuredly man corner for the CB-desperate Colts.
Round 3/80 – Tarell Basham, OLB, 6-4, 262, Ohio
A former hand-on-the-ground defensive end who will be asked to become a standup outside linebacker, where he has limited experience. Will get a long look at becoming the Colts’ primary outside pass rusher. Basham (6’4/269) took home 2016 MAC Defensive Player of the Year after setting a school record for career sacks (29.5) as a four-year starter at defensive end. Basham had fifth most QB hurries (71) in the nation as a senior. With plus arm length (34 ¼”) and big hands (10 ¼”), Basham demonstrated physical edge-setting ability in run defense and powerful pocket-pushing skills on tape. An above-average athlete with 4.70 speed, Basham’s concerns include a straight-line game and lack of pass-rush variety. While Basham has some long-term limitations, he is a good football player with an NFL body. He has a chance to develop into a quality starter in the Trey Flowers mold.
Round 4/137 – Zach Banner, T, 6-8, 353, Southern Cal
Big, strong offensive lineman who is expected to compete for a job at tackle. Outstanding size, but needs to continue his foot work technique. Son of former NFL tackle Lincoln Kennedy. Banner (6’8/353) played basketball as a freshman before taking up football full time and making 38 starts, mostly at right tackle. He was voted first-team All-Pac 12 by the conference’s coaches as a junior and senior. Gargantuan with long arms (34 7/8″) and huge hands (10 ¾”), Banner overwhelmed opponents as a college run blocker but struggled in pass protection, where Banner’s height can work against him. Conditioning is also a concern after Banner ballooned near 400 pounds at times in college. While Banner’s run-blocking prowess is intriguing, he is a boom-bust prospect who could develop into a plus starter, or fall out of the league in a few years. He is unlikely to contribute as a rookie.
Round 4/143 – Marlon Mack, RB, 6-0, 210, South Florida
Quick runner who has shown an outstanding second gear. A potential special teams playmaker as a kickoff and punt returner to begin his NFL career. Needs to improve skills as a pass blocker and receiver. Mack (5’11/213) needed only three college seasons to set USF all-time records in rushing yards (3,609), all-purpose yards (4,107), and touchdowns (33), finishing his career with an explosive 6.16 YPC average and 65 receptions. Mack confirmed his plus athleticism in Indy, posting a top-five SPARQ score among running backs with 4.5-flat speed and a springy 10-foot-5 broad jump. On college tape, Mack showed a tendency to bounce runs outside in persistent attempts to turn nothing into something, which can be viewed positively or negatively. Either way, Mack’s playmaking ability and versatility are undeniable. He has some Tevin Coleman to his game as a multi-phase weapon who is dangerous in open space.
Round 4/144 – Grover Stewart, DT, 6-5, 334, Albany State (Ga.)
Small school defensive lineman who will get a look at defensive tackle and nose tackle. Stewart may also see work as a defensive end. A bit of a project, but possesses the athleticism to be an every-down player. Stewart (6’5/334) was a dominant freak in the D-2 ranks, piling up 27 career sacks before running 5.17 with 30 bench-press reps at Albany’s Pro Day. Not invited to the Combine, Stewart is a superb athlete for his monstrous size in the mold of Bears DE Akiem Hicks. Stewart’s transition is steep coming out of D-2, but he offers a mouth-watering NFL ceiling based on size and movement skills.
Round 5/158 – Nate Hairston, CB, 6-1, 196, Temple
Former wide receiver who made the change to cornerback prior to the 2015 season. Raw talent who is still developing skills as a defensive back. Did not allow a touchdown pass during the 2016 season. Hairston (6’0/196) converted from wideout to cornerback as a redshirt junior and started as a senior, tallying three tackles for loss and two interceptions as part of Temple’s No. 2 nationally-ranked pass defense. Hairston’s Combine numbers were merely average, running 4.52 with a 35 ½-inch vertical. A still-developing defensive back with plus size and tackling ability, Hairston will likely have to earn a special teams role before pushing for playing time in an NFL secondary.
Round 5/161 – Anthony Walker, LB, 6-1, 235, Northwestern
Considered to be an up-and-coming prospect. Could surprise and push for playing time as a rookie. High character player who should earn work on special teams this season. Walker (6’1/238) turned pro as a redshirt junior after starting all three years at middle linebacker for the Wildcats, leading the Big Ten in tackles for loss as a sophomore (20.5) and earning second-team all-conference in 2016. Something of a surprise early entrant, Walker did not help himself with 21st-percentile athletic results before the draft. He shows tight-hipped coverage limitations on tape and isn’t a true thumper. A good college player whose NFL transition will be an uphill climb, Walker’s best early-career bet will be to become a special teams demon.
UNDRAFTED FREE AGENT SIGNINGS WITH NOTES ON KEY SIGNINGS
Dalton Crossan, RB, New Hampshire
Darrell Daniels, TE, Washington
Trey Griffey, WR, Arizona
Thomas Hennessy, LS, Duke
Chris Muller, OG, Rutgers
Rigoberto Sanchez, K, Hawaii
Garrett Sickels, DE, 3-4OLB, Penn State
Sickels (6’4/261) turned pro as a redshirt junior after logging 24 starts in Happy Valley, tallying 12.5 tackles for loss and six sacks in 2016 en route to second-team All-Big Ten honors. Sickels’ pre-draft workouts were horrific, running 4.97 with a putrid 28-inch vertical. Sickels had the most QB hurries (43) in the Big Ten last year, so his production is notable even if his athleticism is sub-NFL-caliber.
Jerome Lane, WR, Akron
Lane (6’3/226) turned pro as a redshirt junior after converting from linebacker to wideout for his final two college seasons, tallying a career 101-1,800-14 (17.8 YPR) receiving line and topping 100 yards in 4-of-12 games last year. Lane turned more heads with 76th-percentile SPARQ results at the Combine. The son of a former first-round NBA pick, Lane is a freaky athlete for his size and has natural hands, committing only four drops in 2016. Lane will likely focus on special teams initially, but he offers longer-range upside as an H-back/slot/red-zone presence.
Phillip Walker, QB, Temple
Darrell Daniels, TE, Washington
Daniels (6’3/247) made 18 starts in four years as a Huskie, managing a career 47-728-5 (15.5 YPR) receiving line and earning honorable mention All-Pac 12 as a senior. Daniels had just two career drops. Although Daniels never reached 20 catches in a college season, he is an elite athlete for the position with 4.55 speed and long arms (34 ½”). Daniels also played special teams throughout college, which should help his bid for an early-career roster spot. Recruited to Washington as a wideout, Daniels offers developmental upside as a “move” tight end.
Deyshawn Bond, OL, Cincinnati
Brandon Radcliff, RB, Louisville
Jhaustin Thomas, DE, Iowa State
Bug Howard, WR, North Carolina
Howard (6’4/221) arrived at UNC as a decorated high school recruit, only to labor through his first three seasons before breaking out for a 53-827-8 (15.6 YPR) senior-year receiving line with Mitch Trubisky at quarterback. Howard was the Heels’ primary perimeter weapon with Ryan Switzer vacuuming targets in the slot. Howard is powerfully built with long arms (33 1/8″) and huge hands (10 3/8″). He managed a 4.58 forty at the Combine, but excelled in the vertical (37 ½”) and three-cone drill (6.95). Not a separation receiver, Howard will have to earn his NFL keep as a contested-catch winner and possession target.
Colin Jeter, TE, LSU
Reggie Porter, CB, Utah
Justin Gibbons, CB, Aurora
Martez Hester, S, Ball State
Chris Lyles, DB, Mississippi College