Eagles trade QB Carson Wentz to the Colts for Pick #84, Conditional 2022 2nd Round Pick
Wentz 2021 Cap Hit: $25.4 M
Cap Space after Wentz trade: $45,889,614 (per Overthecap)
Extensions (No Impact on 2021 Cap)
LB Darius Leonard - 5 Years/$90 M ($48 M Guaranteed)
RB Nyheim Hines - 3 Years/$16.5 M ($5 M Guaranteed)
T Braden Smith - 4 Years/$60 M ($28 M Guaranteed)
G Quenton Nelson - 6 Years/$93 M ($44 M Guaranteed)
TE Jack Doyle – Saves $1,762,500
DT Grover Stewart – Saves $3,780,000
C Ryan Kelly - Saves $6,757,500
Cap Space after Restructures: $58,189,614
Unrestricted Free Agents
DE Al-Quadin Muhammed - 2 Years/$5 M
C Joey Hunt - 1 Year/$1 M
WR TY Hilton - 2 Years/$18 M - While it looks like he may very well be moving on, it's hard to picture him not in a Colts jersey.
DE Denico Autry - 2 Years/$13 M - I think the Colts will keep one of Autry and Houston, and opt for Autry since he is younger.
Restricted Free Agents
WR Zach Pascal - RFA 2nd Round Tender ($3,422,000)
TE Mo Alie-Cox - RFA 2nd Round Tender ($3,422,000)
S George Odum - RFA Original Round Tender ($2,240,000)
Exclusive Rights Free Agents
WR Ashton Dulin - ERFA Tender ($850,000)
DT Taylor Stallworth - ERFA Tender ($850,000)
Cap Space Remaining (Top 51 Contracts): $35,368,614
DE Romeo Okwara- 4 Years/$38 M ($12 M Guaranteed)
I initially had Carl Lawson in my first mock, but after looking at these two players more, I feel Okwara would be the better fit. Both Lawson and Okwara are the same age (25). Okwara had nearly double the amount of sacks (10 to 5.5), but Lawson had nearly twice as many QB Hits (32 to 18). The reason I went with Okwara is because Okwara gets to the quarterback based on power, while Lawson uses speed. Both are important traits for an EDGE, but Ballard typically covets players that can win on the edge with their strength, rather than their speed. Okwara had a very productive 2020 season, with 61 total pressures, tied for the fifth-most among all edge rushers. His length also aids him in setting the edge in run defense. Either Lawson or Okwara would be a welcomed addition to the Colts EDGE rotation, though I feel Okwara would be the better fit.
G/T Joe Haeg - 2 Years/$3 M
Haeg returns after a one year stint in Tampa Bay. Haeg was the most versatile lineman on the Colts roster, and returns to provide more depth and flexibility along the line.
TE Gerald Everett - 3 Years/$22 M ($7 M Guaranteed)
Colts need a vertical threat at the TE position. Doyle and Alie-Cox are both good TEs, but they do not stretch the field like Ebron did when he was with Luck. Everett adds more explosive to the position, with 58.2% of Everett's receiving yards coming after the catch. I feel players like Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry will price themselves out of the Colts price range given the free TE market is top heavy. Everett's stats and production to this point in his career do not scream TE1, but he has the upside and athleticism to be a productive TE in Reich's system.
CB Chidobe Awuzie - 3 Years/$25.5 M (First Year Fully Guaranteed)
With Rhodes pricing himself out of Indianapolis and the up and down career so far for Ya-Sin, Colts need to address CB in either the draft or free agency. Awuzie is a zone corner, which means he’s not necessarily a fit anymore in Dallas' man cover scheme with Dan Quinn. However, he fits very well in the zone cover scheme former Dallas coach Eberflus runs in Indianapolis. Eberflus’ zone coverage usage this past season was the second-highest in the NFL, behind only Brandon Staley’s Los Angeles Rams, at 76.6%. Awuzie's familiarity with Eberflus and the scheme fit could turn him into a valuable starting CB opposite Ya-Sin.
Cap Space Remaining: $11,726,653
Trade: Colts trade #21 to the Bills for #30, #93
Pick 21 value - 800 points
Pick 30 & 93 Value - 748 points
Round 1 Pick 30: OT Liam Eichenberg Notre Dame
A popular name in Colts mock drafts, Eichenberg comes in the fill the void at LT left by Castonzo. He's not the most athletic tackle, but he is one of the more pro-ready tackles in the draft and should be a solid replacement on the left side of the line.
Round 2 Pick 54: WR Elijah Moore Ole Miss
Even with Hilton coming back in this mock, Colts need to find their slot WR of the future. Moore is a big-play threat and can thrive in Reich's system. He's near identical to Hilton's size, so he would always be in the slot. If Pittman Jr can take the next step and if Campbell can remain healthy, Moore can become a valuable weapon in the Colts offense.
Round 3 Pick 93 (VIA BUF): EDGE Payton Turner Houston
Turner checks nearly all the boxes for what Ballard wants in an EDGE. He's versatile, can play inside and out. He gets to the QB with power and has the length to set the edge in the run game. As a younger version of what Autry brings to the front 4, Turner will develop over the next couple seasons and fill Autry's role along the D line.
Round 4 Pick 128: CB Benjamin St-Juste Minnesota
Another Balland-esque pick, St-Juste is a tall corner (6'3") with the length (32" arm length) that Ballard desires in his corners. St-Juste is one of the better tackling corners in the draft, but will naturally struggle in deep coverage. St-Juste will battle it out with Tell for the TJ Carrie role on the defense.
Round 5 Pick 166: S JaCoby Stevens LSU
Another popular pick in Colts mock drafts, Stevens is a extremely versatile player that can line up almost anywhere on the field. Colts could use a hybrid player like Stevens to use as a 3rd safety in certain packages.
Round 6 Pick 201: LB Paddy Fisher Northwestern
Replace one Northwestern LB with another. Fisher is a 2 down linebacker that struggles in pass coverage. He's decent against the run and will play the early downs like Walker did for the Colts. Colts primarily run nickel lineups most of the time, so a premier LB to fill Walker's void is not necessary.
Round 7 Pick 245: IOL Robert Jones Middle Tennessee
A developmental guard that adds depth and has the potential to replace Glowinski some day if he progresses.