The Colts started this draft by selecting Kwity Paye the defensive end from Michigan. He's an explosive player with a twitchy quickness for his size. He moves really well. Coaches rave about his leadership and he was a team captain who had a great work ethic, I really like that about him because I love those types of players, a locker room guy. Paye has quick hands and quick feet, and he's shown the ability on tape, to have the power to collapse the pocket. Now he's not a guy that was overly productive as far as sacks, but he's a guy that will give you consistent effort on every snap. Athletic ability is not an issue for this Paye, he's very athletic. He's definitely one of those guys that I don't think we've seen his best football just yet, because he only had 19 starts. Like I said, not a lot of stacks, but he gets pressure consistently NFL coaches and scouts were hoping that that would be the next step for him, and I'm sure Colts fans now are hoping that he can get those sack numbers up and not just pressure the quarterback, but with his work ethic and NFL coaching I think he can. This is a player who could develop into a great defender at the next level. He was the number 15 prospect on my big board so I also think this is a great value for where they got him at pick 21. I expected him to go a little earlier than this, so a very good value pick for the Colts taking Kwity Paye out of Michigan.
In the second round with the 54th overall pick the Colts took Dayo Odeyingbo, the defensive end out of Vanderbilt, he's 6'5" and 285 pounds. A really long, athletic, and versatile player who played all over the defensive line. He's got a rare combination of size, length and athletic ability that you just don't see very often. He was a three year starter who improved each year at Vanderbilt. Odeyingbo really played at a high level against really good competition in the SEC. He needs to improve his strength. I think it's something he can do once he gets into an NFL weight room, but he's got powerful hands he can control offensive lineman. He has multiple pass rush moves, and he's a pretty polished player in that regard He has a swim move, a spin move and a stab and swivel move. Unfortunately he tore his ACL in January, so most likely he's going to miss all of his rookie season. That's a big red flag for a guy in the second round and he's also a guy who misses too many tackles. Overall he's a talented player, but it's really hard to grade this pick from a talent and size standpoint, there's a lot to like, but taking a guy in the second round that probably won't play his rookie year, it's tough for me to justify that.
When you look at the Colts draft as a whole, the Colts came into this draft really in need of an offensive tackle to replace Anthony Costanzo, and in a deep draft class with tackles, they decided to double down on defensive ends with their first two picks, and one essentially being a redshirt. They also needed a cornerback, but they neglected the position entirely in this draft. I like the players they took in round one and two, but I really thought tight Kylen Granson was a big reach later in the draft. They didn't fill the obvious holes that they needed on this roster and with only one day one starter in Kwity Paye, it's really hard for me to get too excited about this class for the Colts. I'm going to give them a "C-"