Chris Ballard and the Indianapolis Colts are going to be a very intriguing team to keep an eye on in the 2020 NFL Draft. After trading the No. 13 overall pick in the blockbuster move to acquire star defensive end DeForest Buckner from the San Francisco 49ers, the Colts now have two second-round picks to work with.
They will be on the clock for the first time in the draft with the No. 34 overall selection. Thankfully, there are going to be quite a few impact players for them to choose from with that pick.
The Athletic has a surprising steal projected for the Colts with the No. 34 pick. They have Indianapolis snagging Utah State quarterback Jordan Love, who is widely projected to be a first-round pick, early in the second round.
While their mock draft has the Colts taking Love at No. 34, they did acknowledge that a team, possibly Indianapolis, could trade into the latter stages of the first round to draft Love.
There is a good chance a team trades into the first round to draft Love, but that could be the Colts or he could fall to them in the second round, giving the organization a quarterback succession plan for the future.
Love would be a huge addition for the Colts at No. 34 overall. After signing Philip Rivers and with Jacoby Brissett still on the roster, Indianapolis has been rumored to still have interest in drafting a young quarterback for the future.
Prior to trading the No. 13 overall pick, the Colts were being connected quite often to Love. Ballard even had glowing words to speak about the Utah State quarterback.
If he happens to slide, don’t be surprised if Indianapolis gets aggressive trying to get him. Trading up into the late first-round could make sense. Or there is a chance he could slide to No. 34.
No matter what ends up happening, expect to see the Colts have interest in a quarterback. Even if they don’t get Love, other guys like Jalen Hurts, Jacob Eason, or Jake Fromm could make a lot of sense.