The Colts have just five picks in next week’s draft, fewest in the NFL. Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson knows that limits his options.
Grigson was candid about the fact that with the Colts not picking until No. 59 overall, they’re not going to get one of the elite prospects. And they don’t have the ammunition to trade up, either.
“I have five picks. It’s not like I can offer up a whole lot to make any great moves upwards,” Grigson said.
Indianapolis traded its first-round pick to Cleveland for running back Trent Richardson and its fourth-round pick to Cleveland for a fifth-round pick last year, which the Colts used on defensive tackle Montori Hughes. Richardson was terrible last season and Hughes didn’t do much as a rookie, meaning so far those look like a couple of bad trades.
But Grigson says that with only five picks, this is a year when undrafted free agents can make a big difference.
“With a very deep draft and with all the juniors, the exciting thing is after the draft. We are going to really focus on that,” Grigson said. “We’re looking at different avenues on how we can be productive on draft day with just five picks. I think after the draft, with the depth of this draft, I feel that’s really an area to really target. . . . You know they’re at least going to make some noise in camp.”
With five picks and none in the Top 50, getting some guys who can make some noise in camp is about the best the Colts can do.