I taught I'd do one of these, I've been following the draft process now for a couple of months and have a few ideas. I'll try to keep it as realistic as possible.
Cap Space: $93,807,524 (Spotrac)
Re-signed Free Agents:
Anthony Castonzo - 4 years $56m ($40m guaranteed (4th highest paid LT))
Devin Funchess - 1 year $6m
Joe Haeg - 3 years $12m ($8m guaranteed)
Josh Andrews - 3 years $10m ($6m guaranteed)
Le'Raven Clark - 2 years $5m ($3m guaranteed)
Daurice Fountain - 1 year $700k
Margus Hunt - $4m
Pre Free Agency Cap Space: $67,307,524
Free Agent Signings:
Byron Jones (DAL) - 4 years $56m ($40m guaranteed (6th highest paid CB))
Jones gets a similar contract to Kyle Fuller. I think Jones is worth the investment. He is a perfect fit to Matt Eburflus' defensive scheme. With Desir being banged up all of last year and Wilson out of favor, the Colts are light on outside corners in a defense that doesn't produce great pass rush.
Hunter Henry (LAR) - 3 years $24m ($20m guaranteed)
Colts need a good TE that is best in space, but also is a willing blocker with Reich being committed to the run. Henry is a good fit for the Colts and will give Reich a nice TE tandem in Doyle and Henry.
Jordan Phillips (BUF) - 3 years $21m ($10m guaranteed)
While Phillips is a bit of a one season wonder, getting 9.5 sacks in 2019 was still quite something. He is 6'6, 342lbs and is a perfect fit for the nose tackle in the Colts defense that can generate interior pressure. I think we should take a chance on him.
Pre NFL Draft Cap Space: $38,307,524
Here is what i did on the Draft Network site:
Round 1 - Pick 13: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
While I'm not as high on Love as others on this site, I do think there are enough tools to work with Love for him to be a franchise QB. I think if the Colts draft him, Reich will still have Brissett as the QB1 next year. Love has alot of work to do on decision making and going through his progressions. But he is a wonderful playmaker, that throws with excellent touch and can use his feet well.
Round 2 - Pick 34: Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
I accept he could be taken at the end of round 1, but the talk among NFL scouts in Mobile was that he was a raw 2nd round prospect. YGM is a player with great H/W/S traits but is still a very raw pass rusher. However, I see him with his size as Sheard's replacement at left DE, given he is a good run defender with a big tackle radius.
Round 2 - Pick 44: Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU
I like Blacklock, he has had his injury problems, but he is a good player. While his production has been modest at TCU, he mostly lined up at zero taking on double teams. He shows good anchor against the run and has good hands in generating interior pressure. I think in our gap penetrating scheme, he could excellent at 3 tech will his size and hands.
Round 3 - Pick 75: Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
Mims rose on everyone's board in the senior bowl. He has great size at 6'3, great contested catch ability and has a track background. What he impressed the most at the senior bowl was his route-running. I think the Colts need two receivers this offseason. A physical boundary receiver and someone who can stretch the field. Funchess is re-signed to be the former and Mims will give the Colts a legit deep thread on the outside.
Round 4 - Pick 122: Antonio Gibson, RB, Memphis
People probably won't see RB as much of a need, and I don't either, but I just love watching this kid play. A true explosive playmaker. Ballard said that getting explosive playmakers does't just mean at the WR position. Gibson will convert from a WR to a RB, but he has good size at 6'1 and 221lbs to play the position. He has a great senior bowl too. I think he will be taken in the draft around here similar to Jalyen Samuels, Nyheim Hines and Tony Pollard.
Round 5 - Pick 142: Julian Blackmon, S, UCF
Blackmon is a converted CB that has made the transition well demonstrating good tackling at the position. I think one of the needs for the Colts is getting a good coverage safety that can cover tight-ends as Wilson doesn't seem to be able to make the team any more.
Total Spent on NFL Draft Signings = $12m
Final Cap Space: $26,307,524
Roster (may be forgetting someone):
QB - Brissett, Love
RB - Mack, Hines, Gibson, Wilkins
WR - TY, Funchess, Campbell, Mims, Pascal, Fountain
TE - Doyle, Henry, Allie-Cox
T - Castanzo, Smith, Clark
G - Nelson, Glowinski, Haeg, Patterson
C - Kelly, Andrews
LDE - Gross-Matos, Lewis, Muhammad
DT - Autry, Blacklock
NT - Phillips, Steward
RDE - Houston, Turay, Banogu
SAM - Okereke, Adams
MIKE - Walker, Franklin
WILL - Leonard, Speed
CB - Jones, Desir, Ya-Sin, Tell, Wilson
Nickle - Moore
S - Hooker, Willis, Odum, Blackmon
LS - Rhodes
K - McLaughlin
P - Sanchez
Overall, on offense, I tried to fix the passing game by signing Funchess and Henry and then drafting Love and Mims to help give Reich more depth and a better assortment of recivers. On defense, I think by bring in Phillips, Blacklock and Gross-Matos, it will upgrade the d-line and give us more pass rush. Also Jones will be a big help in the secondary.
Let me know your taughts please, thanks for reading!