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.
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.