Colts get sleeper wide receiver at No. 44 in new mock draft

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The Indianapolis Colts have a few needs to focus on as the 2020 NFL Draft continues to draw closer. They have had a big offseason in free agency and via trade with the additions of Philip Rivers, DeForest Buckner, and Xavier Rhodes. However, they have not brought in another wide receiver.

Chris Ballard needs to bring in another weapon for Rivers. T.Y. Hilton is one of the best wideouts in the league, but he needs more help.

Granted, the Colts do have Parris Campbell and Zach Pascal behind Hilton. But, in an ideal world, they would have another option that could make plays for the veteran quarterback.

The Athletic released a new mock draft that has the Colts finding some help at wide receiver with the No. 44 overall pick. They have Indianapolis taking USC sleeper wide receiver Michael Pittman with that selection.

Of all the picks in this mock draft, this might be my favorite fit. The Colts are looking for players with high football character and Pittman also fits the mold of the power forward receiver who can outrebound the football downfield.

Pittman is one of the biggest sleepers in this entire draft class. He has the potential to be a star at the NFL level if he lands in the right situation. Frank Reich and company could absolutely offer him that situation.

Last season with the Trojans, Pittman racked up 101 receptions for 1,275 yards and 11 touchdowns. He averaged 12.6 yards per reception.

Standing in at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Pittman would bring the kind of size and athleticism that the Colts need across from Hilton. They need a bigger body who can make plays down the field for Rivers. Pittman could absolutely be that guy.

All of that being said, this is a name to keep an eye on for the Colts. He should be available at No. 44 and would be an excellent fit. If Ballard wants to swing big at wide receiver, Pittman could be his guy.

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