Fourth Round steal
The Colts started off day three great; Snagging quarterback, Jacob Eason in the fourth round is a great value. The 6″6 Washington product has all the tools to become a top tier NFL quarterback. Eason had significant first/second round hype and general manager Chris Ballard jumped at the opportunity in the fourth round.
Eason has arguably the best pure arm in the draft; he just needs to clean up the mental side of his game. Coming to Indianapolis was one of the best scenarios for the Seattle native. The opportunity to learn behind a similar style gunslinger in Philip Rivers and a top three offensive line in the league is ideal.
Chris Ballard was quick to pump the brakes on the fourth rounder, going as far as saying he still needs to earn his roster spot. This is a smart play by Ballard, as it lowers expectations and lights a fire in Eason’s belly.
Being a former quarterback, the arm talent Eason possesses must give Frank Reich butterflies. Despite having almost $60 million in cap space tied up between Rivers and Jacoby Brisset this year, Eason is the only quarterback under contract in 2021. This is a match made in heaven for Eason to flourish in his sophomore campaign.
The Indianapolis Colts look just 60 miles down the road to Ball State University for their newest offensive line addition in the fifth round. Danny Pinter is a versatile tackle projected to transition inside to guard. Having played tight end his first season at Ball State shows his athleticism moving inside. Pinter is a strong zone run blocker, which is the Colts main blocking scheme and he is not a liability in the passing game. Pinter will provide more depth to an already top tier offensive line and will look to push right guard Mark Glowinski for a starting spot.
Defensive Day Three Depth
Robert Windsor, out of Penn State was the Colts first of four selections in the sixth round. Windsor is a great leader and plays with a rare tenacity. Chris Ballard has made the 3-technique a premium position in his defense and adding competition and depth to an important position has extreme value. Although Windsor will have to fight for a roster spot, this pick provides a theme for the Colts day three as a whole.
Isaiah Rodgers is a small school standout from UMASS. Similar to his school, Rodgers himself is extremely undersized for an NFL defensive back.
However, he has shown tremendous ball skills during his four years and has flashed as a kick returner. Obviously a developmental piece, Rodgers will most likely have to spend some time on the practice squad before his opportunity comes.
Wide Receiver Depth
Tall, big-bodied receivers appear to be the theme of this draft. Just like second round pick Michael Pittman Jr., Dezmon Patmon is 6″ 4′ and 200 plus pounds. Stylistically, Patmon is a good complement to what is already on the roster. Even so, he will have to use his straight line speed to his advantage if he wants a spot on the final 53 man roster.
Special Teams Standout
To cap off an eventful Colts day three they selected Jordan Glasgow. Playing linebacker at Michigan, but translates more to an in the box safety as the next level. He lacks the natural speed or athleticism to play safety in the NFL, but will play with his heart on his sleeve no matter the position. He can have an impact on special teams as a standout ace. This added dimension to his game separates himself as the most likely sixth rounder to make the roster.