The 2021 NFL Draft has come and gone. Fans were able to attend and be a part of this special night for the top prospects coming out of college after missing out in 2020. Top prospects dropped further than fans expected them to, which made for some surprising picks. Coming into this year’s draft, the Colts had 2 primary needs to address and a couple secondary; the primary being Left Tackle and Defensive End, secondary being Teight End, Corner, and Safety. Let’s take a look at the 2021 Colts draft class…
Round 1, Pick 21: Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
The Colts’ first pick in this year’s draft was used on Kwity Paye, a 6’4″ 272lb Defensive End out of Michigan. Without a doubt, one of the biggest surprises to be available to the Colts at the 21st overall pick, Kwity Paye, fills a huge hole left by the departures of Denico Autry and Justin Houston in free agency. In the strange season that was the 2020 college football season, Kwity was only able to play in 4 games, only putting up 2 sacks. In the 2019 season, Paye was undoubtedly the anchor of the Michigan Wolverines defensive front, racking up an amazing 6.5 sacks per game average in 12 games played. At his pro-day, he put up 36 reps at the bench press, a 118″ broad jump, and ran a 4.52 40-yard dash. The speed displayed in his pro-day workout translates onto the field as it allows him to speed around offensive lineman with ease. Going into the off-season workouts, Kwity will need to add a secondary move in order to maneuver around O-lineman at the NFL level.
Round 2, Pick 54: Dayo Odeyingbo, DE, Vanderbilt
Round 4, Pick 127: Kylen Granson, TE, SMU
Round 5, Pick: 165: Shawn Davis, S, Florida
Round 6, Pick 218: Sam Ehlinger, QB, Texas
Round 7, Pick 229: Michael Strachan, WR, Charleston (West Virginia)
The Colts kicked off the 7th round by drafting a big and talented Wide Receiver out of division 2 Charleston. The 2020 season may have been canceled for Michael Strachan, but the work he put in the previous 3 were remarkable. The 6’5″ 225lb Wide Receiver had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2018 & 2019, with his stats in 2019 standing out the most. Strachan hauled in 78 catches for 1,319 yards and 19 touchdowns. His speed was also put on display when at his pro-day, he ran a 4.5 40-yard dash. The addition of Strachan means there will be no shortage of weapons for Carson Wentz to use in the 2021 season with a loaded offense.
Round 7, Pick 248: Will Fries, OG, Penn State
After going back and diving deep into all of the draft picks, I was able to really see what they would bring to the table for the Colts. You never truly know what you’re going to get from a player until they step on the field. The biggest Colts examples being Darius Leonard, Braden Smith, and most recently, Julian Blackmon.
Overall Grade: B