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2022 NFL Draft Review: Indianapolis Colts

Adrian Holman

In the last game of the 2021 NFL season, all that the Indianapolis Colts had to do was to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars in order to advance to the NFL Playoffs. However, the Jags put an end to the Colts season with a 26-11 victory. This loss showed that the Colts lacked the depth to prevent another late-season fade.

Nevertheless, the Colts went all-in once again by trading for QB Matt Ryan in the off-season. ("This is a cold call.") However, the depth issue must be fixed by adding more players from the NFL Draft. Here is a look at who Indianapolis selected.

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Round 2, Pick 21: Alec Pierce - WR - Cincinnati (6'3", 211 lbs, 52 receptions, 884 yds, 7 TD).

The Colts really needed to add another wide receiver to the rotation since the only receiver on the Colts last season that went over 400 yards receiving was Michael Pittman, Jr. Pierce is another large target that should receive plenty of passes from Ryan next season. Having two large receivers in Pittman, Jr. and Pierce will give opposing secondaries fits throughout the 2022 season.

Round 3, Pick 9: Jelani Woods - TE - Virginia (6'7", 259 lbs, 44 rec, 598 yds, 8 TD).

Woods should see plenty of playing time on passing downs in the TE rotation. He is another large target that should be utilized in the red zone frequently in the Colts offense.

Round 3, Pick 13: Bernhard Raimann - OT - Central Michigan (6'6", 303 lbs).

Raimann started at left tackle for the Chippewas for the past two seasons after being a TE. He lands on the right team that will allow for him to develop because the Colts offensive line is one of the best in the NFL.

Round 3, Pick 32: Nick Cross - S - Maryland (6'0", 212 lbs, 67 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 3 INT, 4 pass break-ups).

Cross adds even more depth at strong safety who should see some time in the rotation because he makes plays all over the field.

Round 5, Pick 16: Eric Johnson - DT - Missouri State (6'4", 299 lbs, 6.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 2 pass break-ups, 3 blocked kicks).

Johnson should see some time on special teams because he is able to proficiently block kicks. He also adds depth to the DT rotation.

Round 6, Pick 13: Andrew Ogletree - TE - Youngstown State (6'5", 261 lbs, 28 rec, 282 yds).

Ogletree will be given time to develop on the practice squad because the Colts have to figure out why he was unproductive even though he has the measurables to potentially dominate.

Round 6, Pick 38: Curtis Brooks - DT - Cincinnati (6'2", 287 lbs, 12.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks).

Brooks will be added to the DT rotation as well because he creates pressure up the middle on either running or passing plays.

Round 7, Pick 18: Rodney Thomas - S - Yale (6'1", 196 lbs, 50 tackles, 2 INT, 11 pass break-ups).

Thomas will compete to see some time at the safety position.

The Colts did what they had to do in this draft. Depth was needed at receiver and on defense. The Colts drafted a wide receiver, two TE's, and plenty of players on defense. Grade: C+.

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