Colts emphasize defense in NFL Draft

Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez (2) throws a pass as Michigan State safety Khari Willis (27) applies pressure, during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts finished their 2019 NFL Draft with a haul of 10 new players.

On Saturday, the Colts moved up 20 spots in the fourth round of the draft to select Michigan State safety Khari Willis.

He was the fourth defensive player general manager Chris Ballard has selected with his first five picks. Ballard traded both of the Colts other fourth-round picks to Oakland — Nos. 129 and 135 overall — to take the 5-foot-11, 213-pound Willis.

The Colts hope Willis' physical style will help them solidify their improved run defense.

“We wanted to get athletic, fast players that fit our mold from a talent perspective,” Ballard told reporters Saturday after the conclusion of the draft. “Which I think we accomplished.”

After trading their pick in the first round Friday, the Colts finished their 2019 draft class with seven players on defense and three on offense.

  • ROUND 2, PICK 2 (34th overall): Rock Ya-Sin, cornerback, Temple
  • ROUND 2, PICK 17 (49th overall): Ben Banogu, linebacker, TCU
  • ROUND 2, PICK 27 (59th overall): Parris Campbell, wide receiver, Ohio State
  • ROUND 3, PICK 26 (89th overall): Bobby Okereke, linebacker, Stanford
  • ROUND 4, PICK 7 (109th overall): Khari Willis, safety, Michigan State
  • ROUND 5, PICK 6 (144th overall): Marvell Tell, cornerback, USC
  • ROUND 5, PICK 26 (164th overall): EJ Speed, linebacker, Tarleton State
  • ROUND 6, PICK 27 (199th overall): Gerri Green, defensive end, Mississippi State
  • ROUND 7, PICK 26 (240th overall): Jackson Barton, tackle, Utah
  • ROUND 7, PICK 32 (246th overall): Javon Patterson, center, Ole Miss