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Indianapolis Colts were stunned Giants passed on Kwity Paye

The Indianapolis Colts’ war room was budding with anticipation during the first round of the 2021 NFL draft, hoping edge rusher Kwity Paye would somehow fall to them at No. 21 overall.

After the Minnesota Vikings traded back from No. 14 and the Miami Dolphins at No. 18 opted to go with Jaelan Phillips—two teams projected to draft Paye—the Colts just had one team to look out for. That team was the New York Giants.

After trading back for the first time in his career, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman was on the clock at No. 20. With a need at edge rusher, the Colts thought, for sure, Gettleman would take Paye.

But he didn’t. He went with Florida wide receiver Kadarius Toney, and the Colts’ war room couldn’t believe it. Here’s a quick look at their reaction from their miniseries “With the Next Pick”:

The Colts had Paye as one of the top prospects in this entire draft class. His skill set, upside, athleticism and character all met the team’s requirement at an elite level.

The Colts were able to address their biggest need while doing so without having to reach. In fact, most would agree that this was a value for them at No. 21. Not many in the Colts’ building truly believed Paye would be there.

But he was, and the Colts couldn’t make the selection soon enough. They have Gettleman, among others, to thank for that.

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