Day two of the NFL Draft and the Indianapolis Colts were VERY busy.
Rounds two and three went down in Nashville, Tennessee, last night and the Colts were heavily involved. Going into the night, the Colts owned the 34th, 46th, and 59th picks of the second round, and the 89th pick of the third round.
In the middle of the second round, the Colts and general manager Chris Ballard did what they love to do: trade back. They traded their 46th overall pick to the Cleveland Browns for the Browns' 49th overall pick, and pick 144, which is in the early 5th round. Ballard adds to his already slue of draft picks by trading back three spots and getting the extra fifth round pick.
Now, the Colts currently have picks 34, 49, 59, 89, 129, 135, 164, 199, and 240. Ballard and his staff now have many more darts to throw at the board and hit on a player.
Without further ado, here are who the Colts took with their 34th, 49th, 59th, and 89th picks.
Measurables: 6'0", 192 pounds, 32" arms, 9 7/8" hands
At the NFL scouting combine, Ya-Sin recorded a 4.51 40-yard dash, as well as a 39.5 vertical. He also had a 7.31 3-cone drill, and did 18 reps on the bench.
Other than his crazy sick name, Ya-Sin is known for being BIG, tough, and a hard worker. Ya-Sin wasn't highly recruited coming out of high school. Football wasn't even his No. 1 sport. You probably heard this a million times already, but I will mention it here: he was a two-time state champion in wrestling (his No. 1 sport in high school).
Ya-Sin only played in one year at the FBS level, so lack of experience is a bit of a concern. On the flip side, Ya-Sin was given a single-digit number at Temple, which means he was voted one of the hardest-working, toughest players on the team.
In his lone season at Temple, Ya-Sin was voted First-Team All-American Athletic Conference as a senior. He led his school in pass breakups with 12, as well as having 47 tackles and two interceptions in his senior year.
According to most scouts, Ya-Sin needs some small technique work for him to reach his full potential. A lot of Ya-Sins' weaknesses can be coached and improved upon, like his tackling technique and his leverage points.
Ya-Sin is a VERY willing tackler, though, from some of the film that I watched. You know Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus and Ballard love that in their corners. He can also play press man-to-man coverage or play off man-to-man. Ya-Sin is also really good when the ball is in the air, whether it is breaking up the pass or getting the interception.
At 34, this is a good pick for the Colts. Ya-Sin doesn't have to come in day one and start. I'm not saying he's a project, but with a little work from the coaching staff, Ya-Sin can become a REALLY good corner for the Colts.
I see this pick as insurance if the Colts don't want to bring back Pierre Desir. I would also take a look at Quincy Wilson. Now entering his third NFL season, Ballard wants to see that Wilson can be that shut-down corner that he was at Florida. I could see Ya-Sin pushing Wilson for the No. 2 cornerback playing time, or being the fourth cornerback and play in dime or quarter defensive packages early in the year with the potential to start by the end of the year.
Measurables: 6'3", 250 pounds, 33 5/8 arms, 9" hands
At the NFL scouting combine, Banogu ran a 4.62 40-yard time, as well as 23 reps on the bench, a whopping 40" vertical jump, 134" broad jump, and a 7.02u 3-cone drill. Banogu set the record for longest broad jump by a defensive lineman by jumping 11'2".
Like Ya-Sin, Banogu was not very highly recruited coming out of high school. He spent his first two seasons at Louisiana-Monroe University, where he was a part of the All-Newcomers squad as a redshirt freshman in 2017.
Banogu transferred to TCU in 2016, but sat the season out due to transfer rules. In 2017, however, he made his mark for the Horned Frogs. He had 49 tackles, 16.5 for loss, as well as 8.5 sacks, which got him First-Team All-Big 12 honors in 2017. In 2018, he had an even better season. In 13 starts, Banogu had 57 tackles, 18 for loss and 8.5 sacks while being awarded as First-Team All-Conference in the Big 12.
One skill I noticed while watching film, and boy I had to watch more than the rest because I never heard of this guy, was he has good vision and awareness of the quarterback. He sees where the quarterback is stepping up or sliding to, which allows him to not get lost when a quarterback moves around. His athletic ability and quick feet will win the battles for him early on.
But again, Banogu has to develop some pass rush moves and a counter or two to be effective in pash rush situations. He has all the traits and athletic ability. It's now about getting with pass rushing specialists (like Justin Houston, and Robert Mathis) to help develop his pass rush.
While Banogu is listed as an EDGE/DE on most websites and sports pages, he can play outside linebacker. His speed and athletic ability allowed him the play on the edge in college, but, with his size, he will be playing more of an outside linebacker roll for the Colts.
If you need a little more help imagining this guy on the field, think Kemoko Turay only a little quicker. Banogu, also, can play outside linebacker, which helps because he's pretty good in pass coverage.
Reading and watching Banogu, I really like this pick. I can see the Colts using him as a defensive end, or an outside linebacker. The versatility will really be nice on the Colts defense, and people underestimate his ability in pass coverage.
Banogu, like everyone else, will be given a chance to win playing time. I will be very interested to see where he lines up to start training camp for the Colts and in preseason. I see Banogu being a rotational guy in the front seven, but WHERE he lines up will be what I am most intrigued to watch.
Measurables: 6'0", 205 pounds, 32 1/4 arms, 9 1/2 hands
At the scouting combine, Campbell ran a 4.31 40-yard time, as well as jumped a 40-inch vertical, did 11 reps on the bench and had a 135" broad jump. He ran the fastest 40 time at the NFL combine out of all of the wide receivers.
Campbell played at some North Akron, Ohio, school called St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. Don't think they produced many athletes, just LeBron James. Campbell was a four-star football recruit and a track star his senior year in high school. He chose to stay in state and go to Ohio State, where at the beginning of his career he didn't see the field much his freshman year.
In his sophomore campaign, Campbell became the Buckeye's lead kick returner and was named All-Big Ten 3rd team for his contributions on special teams. His junior year, he finally saw more of the field on offense and didn't let down. He was voted team captain and for the year he had over 700 scrimmage yards and four touchdowns.
Campbell made a major leap his senior year when he took over as the No. 1 wide receiver. In 14 starts, Campbell had 90 catches for over 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns. As a senior, Campbell was named First-Team All-Big Ten.
Campbell brings speed, speed, and more speed to the Colts' offense. There are some fast guys who just run by defenders with what seems to be no effort and I see that with Campbell. His ability to accelerate, but still be fluid and in control, really stood out to me.
Like a lot of college systems today, Campbell didn't run a big route tree. It was mostly underneath crossers or go patterns, so seeing if he can develop a route running tree will be key to getting his full potential. As well as not running that very many routes most of his college career, he was limited to a few specialty roles.
Watching some film and Campbell reminds me mostly of Percy Harvin. Both players were really good in space with the ball in their hands. It was all just get them the ball and block, but I do believe Campbell will be a FAR better wide receiver than Harvin ever was.
I loved this pick the second it was announced. Campbell gives the Colts another speedster at the wide receiver group. Of course, I will say the same thing as Banogu: I believe Campbell will come in and have to compete for a spot.
One thing I am interested to see is if he does well in training camp and preseason with playing receiver and kick returner, will Chester Rogers be let go? Only time will tell.
Measurables: 6'1", 239 pounds, 34 1/2 arms, 10 1/8 hands
At the scouting combine, Okereke ran a 4.58 40-yard dash, and also had a 33.5 vertical jump, 122" broad jump, and a 7.25 3-cone drill.
Okereke started off as a bottom-of-the-roster linebacker for the Cardinal, but earned his way up the depth chart in little time.
He became an every-game starter in his junior year and never looked back. In 14 starts, Okereke had over 90 tackles, 7.5 were for loss, as well as four sacks and an interception. He was also an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection his junior year.
His senior year he had 96 tackles, 7.5 were for a loss, 3.5 sacks, as well as breaking up five passes and forcing two fumbles. He was an Honorable Mention All-Conference pick that year as well.
Okereke is very rangy, can RUN and get to the sidelines. While his lack of size could be an issue, he can find himself a role for this Colts team.
When you want a player comparison, think of our very own second round linebacker we took last year in Darius Leonard. While Leonard is better for the run because of his size, Okereke is better at defending the pass. Both players though can RUN and FLY to the ball.
Okereke is very intelligent breaking down a play and getting in the right position to make plays. He's also an experienced special-teamer, so even if he's not playing defensive snaps, he will make an impact on special teams.
I don't know this is for lack of size, but Okereke sometimes struggles to make tackles. He reaches for tackles instead of putting his body into it, which allows defenders to shake off the tackle and get extra yards.
I believe this was a "depth" pick than anything else. Before the draft, I mentioned the Colts need to draft a linebacker to improve on the depth and they did that in the 3rd round.
If Okereke is wanting to be in on defense, he will have to come into training camp and really wow everyone over. Not saying it's a long shot, but the linebacker group is getting larger and larger. If nothing else, Okereke is a special teamer and he will make great contributions on that side of the ball.
I knew round two and three would have a lot of fireworks. I was really hoping the Colts weren't gonna trade the 34th pick. Thankfully, they got a really solid cornerback in Ya-Sin.
Friday was a good day for the Colts in the draft. They picked up a really good cornerback, a possible starter at wide receiver, and some other good defensive players. I cant wait to seeing what Ballard has up his sleeve for rounds 4-7 today!
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