INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts selected defensive end Kwity Paye of Michigan with the 21st overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday night, plugging a big hole on the roster.
General manager Chris Ballard has been trying to find a consistent, young pass rusher over his first four drafts with the Colts. He may have found an answer in Paye, a 6-foot-2, 261-pound edge rusher.
For Ballard, the selection was a trend-breaker. He had traded his first-round picks each of the past three years, moving down in 2018 and 2019 before dealing last year’s selection to San Francisco in exchange for All-Pro defensive tackle DeForest Buckner.
The Colts are scheduled to make one pick on Friday, No. 54 overall. Their third-round pick went to Philadelphia in exchange for quarterback Carson Wentz in March.