Over the course of May, both Joe Marino and I will be assessing each team’s specific Draft class. The objective here is to identify value: where it was best and where it was worst. NDT Premium members will soon be able to access the comprehensive breakdowns of draft classes as well, which looks at the pick by pick breakdown of value across our respective 2017 NFL Draft boards. Today I look at the Indianapolis Colts.
The full list of their 2017 NFL Draft class is below:
|15||S||Malik Hooker||Ohio State|
|137||OT||Zach Banner||Southern California|
|143||RB||Marlon Mack||South Florida|
|144||DT||Grover Stewart||Albany State|
Best Value: RB Marlon Mack, South Florida
A quick cut runner with good long speed, Mack has some impressive stretches on tape. Where his development is going to need to come is accepting neutral plays: too often Mack will take a one yard gain and turn it into a two yard loss trying to make something big happen.
The Colts will need to get Mack to embrace the mentality that not every play is going to be a touchdown; but learning from Frank Gore should be a great opportunity. Mack’s running style blends well with the athletic offensive line in Indianapolis, there he will be able to quickly react to developing lanes and get into the second level.
Worst Value: OL Zach Banner, Southern California
Banner has tremendous bloodlines (he’s the son of former NFL OT Lincoln Kennedy) but not much else working for him right now. The enthusiasm around Banner’s tremendous size is tempered by the fact that his weight has caused him hip issues.
The issues are significant enough that Banner required surgery on both joints, only to enter the NFL Draft process after his final season (a down one) at over 350 lbs. If Banner can’t keep his weight down for his job interviews, how will the Colts keep him motivated to keep the weight off going forward?
Banner is a post child for too much of anything being a bad thing. Banner was an overwhelming power blocker in 2015 but through some stretches of 2016 it looked like he was laboring to even get out of his stance.
Could Surprise: EDGE Tarell Basham, Ohio
Our National Scout Jon Ledyard echoed a lot of my sentiments as to why Basham could have a big impact in 2017. There are not a lot of dynamic rushers on the roster to keep Basham off the field and there’s a lot to like about Basham’s physical package.
If Basham is truly going to take that next step, he’ll need to get more confident at the peak of his rushes. Too often Basham would pull himself off of his trajectory when an assertive finish would have resulted in a finish.
The Colts need more productivity and pressure from their edge players and Basham is a strong candidate to get pushed into the lineup.