Our Pride of Detroit Community Mock Draft chugs along. Earlier in the day, yet another quarterback came off the board as the Broncos selected UCLA passer Josh Rosen.
Now the Indianapolis Colts are on the clock, and they likely are not looking for a quarterback—presuming that Andrew Luck’s arm doesn’t fall off between now and the draft.
So Colts acting general manager SeaBeeRuss has made his pick. With the sixth pick in the community mock draft, the Colts have selected Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick. Here is SeeBeeRuss’s rationale for the pick.
After reviewing the Colts’ roster, (lack of) moves, scouring the internet, slamming a six-pack of Labatt’s, then snorting a box of laxatives to clear my mind… I came to the following conclusions: what was needed was offensive line, pass rush, and secondary help. Many experts claim that the o-line is a priority, however line play takes time to gel and I believe that the Colts line will be better this year. Looking at the talent that was left, and what might be there in the second round at picks 4, 5, and 17, I present to you Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama.
In Fitzpatrick the Colts get a player that can be used as a chess piece all over the field regardless of situation. He started 14 games as a true freshman. Next season he moved to safety. Then he moved back to nickel, earning him both the Thorpe and Bednarik awards. Overall, he finished his 42-game career with 171 tackles, 5 sacks, 9 INTs (4 tds), and 24 PBUs. He also helped Alabama win a couple of titles. At 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, he is big enough cover almost anybody. With his 4.6 40 and 33 inch vertical, he must be accounted for. He’ll improve his coverage skills and sometimes over-pursuing at the next level.
Last year was an absolute disaster for the Colts on both sides of the ball: 31st in total offense, 30th in total defense, and middle of the road special teams play. Fitzpatrick is not the answer to all the team’s woes, but he is a move in the right direction. I considered some other players, one was already drafted, but I could not stop watching Fitzpatrick’s game film. The second round should have some gems left with Day 1 grades to plug other holes.
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