Colts NFL Draft Odds: Which Player Will They Take at No. 34?
The Indianapolis Colts have big playoff aspirations for 2020 after adding veteran QB Philip Rivers to a team that is fine defensively but needs an offensive boost. There is an opportunity to steal a playoff spot in a top-heavy AFC, and the Colts are making moves that lead NFL betting enthusiasts to believe they’re in it to win it.
The Colts don’t own a first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, having traded the No. 13 overall selection to the 49ers for DT DeForest Buckner. Indianapolis does have the No. 2 pick of the second round – No. 34 overall – and could go in a multitude of directions, including a trade to get back into the first round.
FanDuel has posted odds as to which rookie Indianapolis adds first in the draft.
Odds To Be Drafted In First Round By Colts
|Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson||+800|
|A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson||+850|
|Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor||+850|
|Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama||+850|
|CJ Henderson, CB, Florida||+1000|
|Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado||+1000|
|Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State||+1100|
|Jacob Eason, QB, Washington||+1100|
|Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU||+1100|
|Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia||+1200|
|A.J. Epenesa, Edge, Iowa||+1300|
|Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan||+1300|
|Josh Jones, OL, Houston||+1300|
|Julian Okwara, Edge, Notre Dame||+1300|
|Marlon Davidson, DL, Auburn||+1300|
|Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC||+2200|
|Neville Gallimore, DL, Oklahoma||+2200|
|Terrell Lewis, Edge, Alabama||+2200|
|Jordan Love, QB, Utah State||+2600|
|Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon||+2600|
Odds current as of publication and subject to change.
Bookies.com breaks down the list and makes an NFL futures betting odds pick.
What the Colts Need
Going into the offseason, the Colts wanted an upgrade from Jacoby Brissett at quarterback. They did that in a big way, signing eight-time Pro Bowler Rivers. He is inked for just one year, however, and there is no “QB for the future” on the roster.
The Rivers signing indicates the team wants to win this year. In that case, adding a weapon to line up on the other side of T.Y. Hilton is a priority. Cornerback is another possibility to add to a 23rd-ranked pass defense, and the loss of Eric Ebron means tight end is another position in semi-need (Jack Doyle is the presumed starter now). Depth in the trenches remains a need after a free agency, but if the Colts are trying to win now, adding a playmaker at wideout is a key.
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Who Will Be There At No. 34
When it comes to getting a wide receiver, the 2020 NFL Draft is a good one. As many as nine WRs are considered to have first-round potential. It’s hard to imagine that many actually being taken. Of those nine, four receivers are near first-round locks: Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb, LSU’s Justin Jefferson and Alabama teammates Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs. There should be a first-round-level receiver available at No. 34.
A plethora of possibilities are available.
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The Colts’ No. 34 draft pick is a tough one to handicap and it’s clear by the high odds for the favorites that oddsmakers don’t have much of a handle on what the team will do, either. It’s also impossible to assume a trade.
My top choice for this bet goes to a receiver. The Colts might prefer a bigger target for opposite the 5-foot-10 Hilton; among the fringe first-rounders, Tee Higgins fits the bill. He’s a “long” 6-3 and uses his body and athleticism to make plays. He’d be a great fit in the Indy offense and if he’s still on the board at No. 34, he should be gone. Brandon Aiyuk of Arizona State would be a solid second option, but I’m going with Higgins.
If their top WR choices aren’t on the board, the Colts could look at QB. Washington’s Jacob Eason has a big arm and a ton of potential. With a similar style of play and approach to Rivers, Eason would be make for a great understudy until Rivers hangs up the helmet. Make your bet now at FanDuel.
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