Speaking of mind-blowing speed, Zyon McCollum brings that to the table on the defensive side of the ball. The former Sam Houston State Bearkat wasn’t quite as fast as his training partner, Danny Gray, but his 21.06 mph time was good enough for top-five on the American Team. McCollum is one of the best athletes in the entire draft, but the big concern surrounding the defensive back: what position is he best suited for?
In college, he was one of the best man-to-man cornerbacks that I have ever evaluated. Granted, he didn’t line up against a single guy that is going to be drafted this year and he did have instances of looking overwhelmed during Senior Bowl week. I would like to see the Indianapolis Colts draft him with the intention of developing him as a cornerback, but the sheer athleticism that McCollum possesses sets a high floor as a depth piece at safety, as well as a special teams contributor.
Zach Tom played all over the offensive line during his time at Wake Forest. He is best suited on the interior, but has enough athleticism and strength to kick outside in a pinch. Tom can contend for playing time at guard, but center is where he has elite potential at. Ryan Kelly is entrenched at that spot currently, but it’s no guarantee the Colts continue to pay such a high price at center much longer. Think of another Danny Pinter. Every team could use a couple versatile pieces on the offensive line like Tom.
I had to grab the Indiana Hoosier with my final pick of this mock draft. McFadden has a nose for the football and brings a relentless motor that matches up well with the vibe of the Colts’ locker room. He will not be asked to do much outside of special teams early on in his career, but the front office does well drafting linebackers on day three so don’t be surprised if he becomes a steady contributor at some point in the future.