Indianapolis Colts draft picks 2021: Round-by-round selections

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Here is a 2021 NFL draft pick-by-pick breakdown for the Indianapolis Colts:

Round 1 (No. 21 overall) – Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan: GM Chris Ballard goes pass rusher, Paye apparently replacing free agent Justin Houston, rather than addressing a hole at left tackle following Anthony Castonzo’s retirement. Paye (6-3, 261) is an explosive athlete who played all along the line for the Wolverines and even dropped into coverage. He had 12½ tackles for losses and 6½ sacks in 2019, though that production could spike if he’s in a more narrowly focused role alongside All-Pro DT DeForest Buckner in Indy. Draft tracker

Round 2 (54) – Dayo Odeyingbo, DE, Vanderbilt: He’s coming off an Achilles injury but had 5½ sacks in eight games last year. If the Colts are lucky, Odeyingbo and first-rounder Kwity Paye could be the new Dwight Freeney-Robert Mathis combo for the 2020s. Draft tracker

Round 4 (127) – Kylen Granson, TE, SMU

Round 5 (165) – Shawn Davis, S, Florida

Round 6 (218, from Saints, compensatory) – Sam Ehlinger, QB, Texas

Round 7 (229, from Jaguars through Saints) – Mike Strachan, WR, Charleston

Round 7 (248) – Will Fries, OT, Penn State

Indianapolis Colts’ last five top draft picks:

  • 2020 (No. 34 overall): Michael Pittman, Jr., WR, USC

  • 2019 (No. 34 overall): Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple

  • 2018 (No. 6 overall): Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame

  • 2017 (No. 15 overall): Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

  • 2016 (No. 18 overall): Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama

2021 NFL draft: Team-by-team picks

AFC East: Bills | Dolphins | Jets | Patriots

AFC North: Bengals | Browns | Ravens | Steelers

AFC South: Colts | Jaguars | Texans | Titans

AFC West: Broncos | Chargers | Chiefs | Raiders

NFC East: Cowboys | Eagles | Giants | Washington

NFC North: Bears | Lions | Packers | Vikings

NFC South: Buccaneers | Falcons | Panthers | Saints

NFC West: 49ers | Cardinals | Rams | Seahawks

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Indianapolis Colts picks in 2021 NFL draft: Round-by-round selections

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