NFL Draft 2022: Indianapolis Colts Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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NFL Draft 2022: Indianapolis Colts Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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NFL Draft 2022: Indianapolis Colts Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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2022 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, Indianapolis Colts draft analysis, needs, picks, best value selection, and biggest reach


NFL Draft 2022: Indianapolis Colts Draft Analysis

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Indianapolis Colts Draft Picks: NFL Draft 2022

2 (53) WR Alec Pierce, Cincinnati
3 (73) TE Jelani Woods, Virginia
3 (77) OT Bernhard Raimann, Central Michigan
3 (96) S Nick Cross, Maryland
5 (159) DT Eric Johnson, Missouri State
6 (192) TE Andrew Ogletree, Youngstown State
6 (216) DT Curtis Brooks, Cincinnati
7 (239) S Rodney Thomas, Yale

Indianapolis Colts Draft Analysis: NFL Draft 2022

The Colts didn’t pick until the 21st spot in the second round, but they were still able to do a decent job of getting a few nice parts. The problem was the lack of wide receiver talent. They got Alec Pierce in the second round, but that’s it. However …

– The tight ends are interesting. They got two of them, but they passed on a whole lot of talent to get Jelani Woods early in the third round. It would’ve been nice to find more wideout help for Matt Ryan, but …

– That might just be the situation. The passing game will rely on the midrange throws, and the blocking has to be there for Jonathan Taylor. Somehow, though, the Colts have to find more part for the defensive back seven through free agency or trades.

 

Indianapolis Colts Needs, Pre-Draft Analysis: NFL Draft 2022

– This isn’t much of a draft with the first pick coming until the 42 and with just two picks before 73. With five of the seven picks after the third round this isn’t going to be much of a draft to get jacked about. But …

The offseason work was done in the free agency getting Matt Ryan in a quarterback upgrade and helping out the secondary and defensive line. There are still holes to fill, though, and some boosting to be done starting with …

– Helping out Ryan. The O line needs more bodies – especially at tackle – and a few wide receivers would be nice. Both areas are where the Colts go with bulk options late to hope to find one starter.

So who’ll be there in the first pick in the for Indianapolis in the second round? It’s possible to nail it with the value get at the 42 with whatever good prospect slides, or it could have its pick from a slew of receivers.

Western Michigan’s Skyy Moore and North Dakota State’s Christian Watson would be  good, but there’s a chance someone big – watch out for Penn State DE Arnold Ebiketie – to be too good to pass up.

Indianapolis Colts Best Value Pick, Biggest Reach, Late Flier: 2022 NFL Draft

Best Value Pick: 3 (96) S Nick Cross, Maryland

Biggest Reach: 3 (73) TE Jelani Woods, Virginia

Late Flier That Might Work: 6 (216) DT Curtis Brooks, Cincinnati

Indianapolis Colts 2021 Draft Picks

1 (21) EDGE Kwity Paye, Michigan
2 (54) DE Dayo Odeyingbo, Vanderbilt
4 (127) TE Kylen Granson, SMU
5 (165) S Shaun Davis, Florida
6 (218) QB Sam Ehlinger, Texas
7 (229) WR Mike Strachan, Charleston (WV)
7 (248) OT Will Fries, Penn State

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