ZMI ALPHA:Colts select EDGE Azeez Ojulari in post free agency mock draft

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ZMI ALPHA:Colts select EDGE Azeez Ojulari in post free agency mock draft

With the majority of the big free-agent moves done, Touchdown Wire ran a mock draft that saw the Indianapolis Colts select edge rusher Azeez Ojulari out of Georgia with the No. 21 overall pick.

The Indianapolis Colts have a number of different directions they could explore with this selection. They have a need at the wide receiver spot, with T.Y. Hilton testing free agency, and a Terrace Marshall Jr. or a Kadarius Toney would make a lot of sense in this spot. They could also look to address offensive line, and players like Tevin Jenkins, Dillon Radnuz or Jalen Mayfield are also options.

But they also have a need on the edge of their defense, as Frank Reich told the media recently, and the potential that Azeez Ojulari offers might be too good to pass up. Ojulari needs to build out his repertoire of pass-rushing moves, as right now he relies primarily on speed around the edge, but the upside is immense. As is his length, and you can see the ability for him to develop a powerful long-arm move that could be extremely effective in the NFL. This is an interesting EDGE class, but Ojulari’s potential makes him an interesting option in the first round.

The Colts are seemingly leaning on their youth at the edge rusher position. They signed Isaac Rochell to a one-year deal but the current starters include Kemoko Turay and Ben Banogu.

Ojulari is certainly a player the Colts could target as a somewhat developmental pass rusher. He could make an impact running in sub-packages to begin with but likely needs some time to develop his full game.

The Colts could also look to address the left tackle position with the No. 21 overall pick but the more pressing need at the moment is edge rusher.

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