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Here's How the Colts Can Trade Up to the First Round And Solve Their Wide Receiver Problem

Zach Brunner
Frank Reich and the Colts needs more talent at receiver.
Frank Reich and the Colts needs more talent at receiver. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images

The Indianapolis Colts made it a mission to bring in a leader to get this team over the hump, by signing veteran quarterback Philip Rivers to lead the offense. While this is perceived to be an upgrade over Jacoby Brissett, the Colts still need more weapons for Rivers to utilize.

With limited options available on free agency, the Colts should turn to the NFL Draft in order to upgrade their wide receiver corps. Currently, they have two picks in the top 44, with two being second-round selections. With the amount of wide receiver talent at the end of the first round, the Colts should use their draft assets to move up and take the player they like best.

The first round is loaded with wide receiver talent. ESPN's NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr., currently has seven wide receivers chosen in the first round, according to the third edition (3.0) of his mock draft. Three of these prospects are slotted in to be chosen in the final 12 picks of the first round, which is likely the area where the Colts could attempt to trade into.

If the Colts are willing to package one or both of their early second-round picks (No. 34, No. 44) for an offer at a later first-round pick, Indy could put itself in serious contention for one of this year's tier two WRs. Possible WRs the Colts could trade up to snag include LSU's Justin Jefferson, Baylor's Denzel Mims, Clemson's Tee Higgins or TCU's Jalen Reagor.

Currently, the Colts don't have much to offer at wide receiver beyond star wideout T.Y. Hilton. The other projected starters include Parris Campbell and Zach Pascal, who have been inconsistent, at best, in their NFL performances. If they want to compete in the AFC with some of the top teams, this cast of pass-catchers must improve.

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