As the NFL Owners Meeting continues through today and tomorrow in Orlando, Florida, the league has finalized the seven-round draft order for 2014. Indianapolis, as expected, did not receive any compensatory picks.
Ryan Grigson predicted as much last week when asked about compensatory picks, saying, “I really doubt it. We did sign a ton of players last year, so I really doubt it. But it would be nice.” Thus, the Colts will have five picks in the May 8-10 NFL Draft. Here is Indianapolis’s final draft order, barring trades:
|7||17 (from Baltimore)||232|
Indianapolis of course traded this year’s first rounder to the Cleveland Browns for running back Trent Richardson and their fourth round pick (also to the Browns) for a 2013 fifth rounder to select defensive lineman Montori Hughes.
Both players had their issues last year and will be seeing improvement in 2014. Grigson, meanwhile, will be looking for more immediate contributors in the Colts’ five remaining picks this May.
Despite being scheduled for May instead of April, the 2014 draft will follow the same format as last year. Thursday, May 8 will be set aside for a rather drawn out first round, which, other than watching the selections of division rivals (think quarterback) and possibly Cleveland, has little value to Colts fans this year.
Rounds 2-3 will take place on Friday, May 9, and they’ll wrap up with rounds 4-7 on Saturday, May 10.