There's been a common theme for the Indianapolis Colts in many of the NFL Mock Drafts in the media-sphere: Add a weapon for quarterback Anthony Richardson.
Georgia Bulldogs tight end Brock Bowers has been a popular pick in several mock drafts, but Trevor Sikkema of Pro Football Focus (PFF) went a different way with his latest effort. He has the Colts selecting Alabama Crimson Tide standout cornerback Terrion Arnold.
"Cornerback is the biggest area of need for the Colts, and they’ll have a chance to get a good one here," wrote Sikkema on PFF. "Arnold has elite size, ball skills, and movement skills to be a potential Pro Bowler."
Arnold is the first cornerback off the board on Sikkema's mock. His teammate Kool-Aid McKinstry was considered the better prospect at the beginning of the season. However, Arnold outplayed McKinstry in 2023 and has usurped his teammate as the more-likely top pick.
Sikkema has McKinstry going at pick No. 22 to the Eagles.
Like most, he likely assumes free agent wide receiver Michael Pittman returns to the Colts, or his priority might change at No. 15.
If his mock draft plays out close to how he predicts, and they never really do, the Colts would still have a shot at an offensive playmaker like Bowers. He goes at pick No. 18 to the Cincinnati Bengals.
There are two lines of thought with Bowers. He's either the top-non-quarterback offensive skill player on the board and could go as high as No. 5 to the Chargers. Or, the tight end position isn't valuable enough to use a pick in the top-half of the NFL Draft.
The Colts would like to be in position to make that choice with both Arnold and Bowers on the board when they're on the clock.
The NFL Draft starts Thursday, April 25th at 8 p.m. EST. The Colts currently have each of their own picks in each of the seven rounds picking at 15, 46, 82, 117, 149, 192, and 231.