The NFL Draft is quickly approaching and the Indianapolis Colts have a few holes left to fill this offseason.
One of the biggest concerns for Indy is the lack of depth in the backfield.
Should the Colts pursue Barcoo and bring him into the organization on draft day?
San Diego State CB Luqman Barcoo had 9 interceptions & 16 PBUs in 2019.
He's met virtually w/ 20+ teams.
COVID-19 prevented him from making any in-person visits.
— Justin M (@JustinM_NFL) April 16, 2020
Who is Luqman Barcoo?
Barcoo did not quite catch anyone’s attention until his senior season at San Diego State.
He finished with 20 total tackles and one interception through nine game during his junior year.
However, Barcoo made a huge jump his senior season and put himself on the radar for many NFL teams.
He recorded 55 tackles, five tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, 16 pass breakups, and a nation-leading (tied) nine interceptions during 13 starts in 2019.
Barcoo earned First-Team All-Mountain West and AP Third-Team All-American honors during his senior year.
He was also a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe award which is given to the best defensive back each season.
Sadly, he wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine and his pro day was cancelled.
He put on his own pro day and recorded a 4.43 forty time and 41 inch vertical.
The 6’1”, 175 pound senior defensive back has definitely made a name for himself ahead of draft day.
Should the Colts Pursue Barcoo?
The Colts have some options at defensive back, but are still looking for long-term solutions.
Indy has Carrie, Rhodes, and Quincy Wilson coming off their books after the 2020 season.
The organization needs to find long-term options at the position instead of trusting veterans on one-year deals.
Barcoo is a long-armed defensive back with excellent ball skills as shown by his nine interceptions in 2019.
He seems to be a solid fit for Indy, but many other organizations have shown interest in Barcoo as well.
Finding reliable defensive backs is not easy, so it’s not surprising to see why Barcoo is a popular player right now.
The Colts have plenty of corner backs right now, but many of them are on expiring deals.
San Diego State's Luqman Barcoo is an intriguing late-round DB in this class. Plays predominately off-coverage and shows well from a half-turn. Some deep speed concerns and he's still raw in his transitions, but at 6-1 with 32-inch arms, there's enough to take a chance on imo. pic.twitter.com/6jTQT5OMRK
— John Owning (@JohnOwning) April 12, 2020
When Should the Colts Draft Barcoo?
The Colts have clearly shown interest in Barcoo, but where will he fall in the upcoming NFL Draft?
Indy has already traded their first round pick to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for pass rusher DeForest Buckner.
The Colts still have other areas of concern such as wide receiver, tight end, and offensive line depth.
The good news is, Barcoo is more of an intriguing under-the-radar type of prospect than a top tier option.
There is plenty of potential there, but it seems like Barcoo still has some more developing to do.
The Colts might be able to wait until the fifth round to select Barcoo.
He’s a sleeper prospect, but could be a solution to the Colts rotating doors at defensive back.