Trading up in draft unlikely for Colts

The lack of a first-round pick in the May 8 draft for the Indianapolis Colts has been known since last September when they sent it to the Cleveland Browns for running back Trent Richardson.

Richardson and the Colts both say he's their first-round pick this year. It looks like that will remain the case for Indianapolis.

Colts general manager Ryan Grigson acknowledged Thursday that moving up into the first round will be a tough task for them. The Colts lack the picks to move up.

The Colts' first pick is at No. 59, and there are still question marks at safety and center, and it's not too early to start looking at receivers because Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks will be free agents in 2015.

"I'm keeping my options open," Grigson said. "I feel like if the opportunity presents itself and there is a player we absolutely feel we have to have, that we feel collectively as a group we really, really are pining for, then we'll try and do that if it's possible. At the same time, I have five picks. It's not like I can offer up a whole lot to move up and make any great moves."

What about moving back to acquire picks in a draft that many say is deep?

That's more of a possibility for the Colts.

"You'd love to," Grigson said. "But you also have to have willing partners. Our phone lines will be open. Hopefully they'll be ringing. We want excitement when we are turning that card in. We want guys high-fiving, not doing limp handshakes.

"If there are guys that fall to us that we are kind of lucky on, you would love to trade back and acquire some more picks, because then I feel like we can get those guys later that fall to us in the other rounds."