The Colts came into round three with the 75th overall selection. They worked some draft day magic and turned this pick and pick 197 into 85, 149, and 182. With the 85th selection in the quarantine draft, the Colts selected defensive back, Julian Blackmon.
Through Ballard’s selections in the secondary thus far, we can see he covets versatility. Julian Blackmon was a corner his first three years, and a safety for his final year. Despite struggling in the start of the transition, he showed out during the final stretch. He fell to the middle of the third due to an ACL tear; he will likely be available in August or September.
Blackmon is a great tackler and can come down in the box man to man with running backs and tight ends. This is a very valuable tool in the modern game. He has shown glimpses of promise in traditional zone coverage over the top, especially finding the ball.
Defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus will not ask Blackmon to do this. He will likely be a sub package player utilizing his versatility especially in the box his rookie year.
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Colts general manager Chris Ballard emphasized Blackmon’s ability to play both safety spots, in the slot and on the outside. Julian Blackmon will look to make his mark on this diverse defensive back room and if he is successful, this would make former 15th overall pick, Malik Hooker expendable.
In theory, Hooker could be flipped for 2021 mid round selection as his talents are not best used in our scheme. I like this pick, I think Blackmon has a unique opportunity with the Colts with many secondary contracts up next year.