Indianapolis Colts Secure the Third Overall Pick in the 2018 NFL Draft

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With the Indianapolis Colts defeating the Houston Texans 22-13 on Sunday, the franchise has secured the third overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

PHILADELPHIA, PA – APRIL 27: The Indianapolis Colts select Malik Hooker from Ohio State with the 15th pick at the 2017 NFL Draft at the NFL Draft Theater on April 27, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Specifically, the Colts will pick behind the Cleveland Browns (first) and the New York Giants (second) respectively–both said to be eyeing top quarterback prospects.

Had the Colts lost on Sunday and with the New York Giants surprisingly beating the Washington Redskins 18-10, they had a chance to move up to the 2nd overall pick, but alas.

Instead, head coach Chuck Pagano presumably finishes his Colts coaching career 6-0 in season finales after Sunday, and Indianapolis is still in prime position to get an elite level talent with the third overall pick–even if their dreams of dealing the 2nd overall pick for a king’s draft haul ransom to a quarterback needy team are officially over.

It will be the first time that the Colts franchise has had a Top 3 overall pick since 2012 when the team selected quarterback Andrew Luck.

It’s worth noting that the last time the Colts had the third overall pick, the then Baltimore Colts selected offensive guard Ken Huff in 1975–one pick ahead of Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton.

Among possibilities with the third overall pick are NC State pass rusher Bradley Chubb, Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, and Texas offensive tackle Connor Williams among a number of highly touted prospects.

Either way, with the 3rd overall pick and picking so high in each respective round of the NFL Draft, general manager Chris Ballard has the means to get some high impact youthful talent on next year’s Colts roster.

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Luke Schultheis is the Indianapolis Colts Editor for Indiana Sports Coverage. He has appeared on CNN to discuss Colts football and has diverse and extensive sports business experience, having worked with several renowned Indianapolis sports organizations including: USA Track & Field, Exclusive Sports Group, Indiana Sports Corporation (Super Bowl XLVI), Indianapolis Indians, Indiana Pacers Sports & Entertainment, the NCAA, and 500 Festival. His opinions are his own. Follow him on Twitter @LuckatLuke

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