In round three at pick No.9 of the 2024 NFL Mocks midseason mock draft, the Indianapolis Colts select D.J. James, CB Auburn. The Colts need help on the defense, and this fills a need with a stellar corner.
At 6'1" and 174 lbs, D.J. James was named to the Second team all-SEC in 2022. He is described as a "good quality starting-caliber CB2 for their secondary". His strengths include coverage versatility, quick feet, and coverage technique. His weaknesses include long speed, eye discipline, and ball production.
When targeted, James allowed less than 41 percent completion. He is capable of man and zone coverages, and his competitive nature is evident at the catch point. James decreases the size of throwing lanes and has a feisty mentality and willingness to tackle. He projects best as an off-man and cover-3 zone corner to protect the field's deep portion. His trigger can be aggressive, leaving him susceptible to double moves and fakes. He may also need to improve his long speed and ability to handle and shed stalk blocks. His more petite frame may raise concerns about the physicality of the NFL game.
The Colts got a great CB early in the third round and a viable CB2 to hold down the new slate of Wes drafted by the Titans and Texans.