Round 3: Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado (6-foot-3, 198 pounds)
The Colts need a young defensive back who can play right not as a No. 2 or slot corner. Eventually, this player would take over the shutdown cornerback role from Vontae Davis. Witherspoon could be that guy.
For the Colorado Buffaloes, he had 71 combined tackles, defended 24 passes and had three interceptions in 29 games played. He defended 19 passes and had one interception in his last year at Boulder.
Witherspoon was part of a terrific cornerback trio for the Buffaloes. He, safety Tedric Thompson and cornerback Chidobe Awuzie helped contribute to a Colorado pass defense that finished second in the Pac-12 in 2016.
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All three guys have pro potential, but Witherspoon might be the most physically intriguing prospect of the three. He is 6-3 and each of his arms is 33 inches long. He also ran a 4.45 in the 40-yard dash and had the best vertical jump (40.5 inches) at the NFL Combine.
The one knock on Witherspoon is his technique need to be refined. Scouts felt Witherspoon got away with some technical mistakes in college because he was so physically gifted.
As a result, a lot of draft analysts believe Witherspoon fits as a third round pick following his showing at the combine. The Colts could benefit from that.
Again, they need to start developing some sort of future at cornerback once Davis eventually takes a step back. Witherspoon should be a legitimate option for the Colts in the third round.
The Colts have fixed their defensive needs with their first three picks. They will continue to do so with their first pick in the fourth round.