Insiders Stephen Holder and Zak Keefer take a look at the needs of the Colts in this weekend's design.
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It's better than Christmas for some football fans. It's the first night of the NFL Draft. Thirty-two picks are made.
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Colts at No. 6
The Colts are voting for Notre Dame Guard Quenton Nelson. He will almost certainly begin, as they emphasize the protection of QB Andrew Luck.
The rest of the pickaxe
Eighth Loot : The bears take Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith. He became a possibility of the Colts last week.
. 7 Pick : The Bills select quarterback Josh Allen from Wyoming. The Bills rose from 12th place in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who also get two second round picks. Buffalo also received a seventh round selection.
Sixth Pick : Colts take Notre Dame Linesman Quenton Nelson.
Fifth selection : There goes one of the top options of the Colts. The Broncos choose Bradley Chubb, the North Carolina State Pass Rusher, which is seen as the main target of the Colts.
Fourth Vote : The Browns elect Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward. That's a bit surprising.
Third Booty : The Jets choose USC quarterback Sam Darnold. The Jets were given this choice by trading the Colts, which now go 6th. Indy also has two second rounds this year and 2019 still a second place in the deal. Darnold's grandfather, Dick Hammer, was the Marlboro Man in the commercials of the cigarette company.
Second Choice : The Giants select Penn State as Saquon Barkley. He was high on the board of the Colts. Indy will meet him late in the season.
First choice: The Browns elect Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield. The Browns have a long, dirty history with quarterbacks (Johnny Manziel, DeShone Kizer, Robert Griffin III, Cody Kessler, Thaddeus Lewis among them). You have previously selected Tim Couch (1999) as # 1. Cleveland has launched 29 QBs since 1999.
Commissioner Roger Goodell steps onto the podium. The fans in the AT & T Stadium in Dallas are booing. The Browns are on the clock.
Former Cowboys QB Roger Staubach threw a pass to the stage. Maybe it was good enough to get him into the first round this evening.
Colt's owner Jim Irsay rings.
• The Colts, as expected, say they receive calls from teams that want to move up to No. 6. "You know, we've had some discussions here in the last few hours," said Chris Ballard, the Colts general manager.
Notre Dame Lineman's father Quenton Nelson's father is ready for almost anything.
• Josh Allen, a Wyoming quarterback considered a potential early choice, has apologized for Twitter contributions made a few years ago.
• Many teams have many questions to answer.
• Important point: player walk-up tunes.
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