Colts beef up defense in Todd McShay’s latest mock draft

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In his latest two-round mock draft from ESPN, Todd McShay has the Indianapolis Colts selecting two defenders who could have an impact right away.

In the first round, the Colts get a gift as the uber-athletic and talented edge rusher in Kwity Paye falls to them at No. 21 overall.

Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan

The Colts lost Denico Autry to the division-rival Titans, and Justin Houston remains unsigned. That means DeForest Buckner is the only player with at least five sacks in 2020 set to return for 2021. Indy’s defensive strength is a big part of its identity, and Paye has explosive speed off the edge. The production hasn’t caught up to the ability just yet, but his ceiling is very high. Alternatively, the Colts could target a defensive back or maybe reach a little bit for a receiver.

Edge rush is the biggest need for the Colts entering the draft and while it’s never best to draft solely based on need, Paye is an easy choice if he’s there at No. 21. His upside is incredible thanks to his length, bend and athleticism.

Paye may need to continue developing his game as a pass rusher but at No. 21 overall, the upside is well worth the pick.

In the second round, the Colts added to the secondary with a player who many believe would be a solid fit in cornerback Ifeatu Melifonwu out of Syracuse.

Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse

The Colts crave some cornerback depth behind Xavier Rhodes, Kenny Moore II and Rock Ya-Sin, and Melifonwu has the skills to develop into a really strong press corner.

Melifonwu is a strong fit for the Colts. He has the length and press ability the Colts like while his athleticism would make him a solid addition to the zone-heavy defensive scheme.

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