So who will the Indianapolis Colts select with the 29th overall selection in Thursday night’s NFL draft?
Keep in mind, barring a trade with teams allotted 10 minutes to make each pick, the Colts probably won’t be on the clock until 11 p.m., if not later.
Here are 14 names mentioned in prominent mock drafts:
— Safety: Alabama’s Landon Collins is the choice of Scout national recruiting analyst Jamie Newberg as well as Peter King of Sports Illustrated and several others. Some suggest Arizona State free safety Damarious Randall is a better option.
— Offensive linemen: Several big guys projected here in Florida State center Cameron Erving, Miami offensive tackle/guard Ereck Flowers, Texas offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi, LSU offensive tackle La’el Collins, Oregon offensive tackle Jake Fisher and Pittsburgh offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings.
— Defensive linemen: Oregon defensive end Arik Armstead is projected by most to go mid-round, but Florida State defensive tackle Eddie Goldman, Oklahoma defensive tackle Jordan Phillips or Mississippi State defensive end Preston Smith could be there at 29..
Here’s a Scout video with ColtsBlitz.com Publisher Phillip B. Wilson’s choice.
The Colts have nine picks: 29th (first round), 61st (second round), 93rd (third round), 128th (fourth round), 165th (fifth round), 205th (sixth round), 207th (sixth round), 244th (seventh round) and 256th (seventh round).
The clock starts shortly after 8 p.m. in Chicago. If teams take half of the allotted 10 minutes on average to turn in their cards, the Colts won’t be on the clock until about 10:20 p.m. If teams average taking three-fourths of their allotted time, the Colts’ first player will be known at about 11:30 p.m. Let’s hope every team doesn’t take every minute because the Colts wouldn’t be picking until 12:40 p.m.
The draft continues with rounds two and three at 7 p.m. Thursday before the process for rounds four through seven begins at noon Saturday.
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