The Indianapolis Colts find themselves in a situation using another veteran quarterback. Matt Ryan could pay off to be the best player under center in recent years, but his age is a concern. Regardless, the front office should aim to build around the quarterback position and give themselves a chance to find an exciting rookie next year. Having said that, we go over what the Colts might do with a full 2022 NFL Mock Draft.
It’s not like the roster is riddled with holes throughout. The Colts have a solid group of players but are just a few key pieces away from becoming a legitimate playoff contender. They have a chance to set a sturdy foundation the coaching staff can rely on for years to come. If Indianapolis can make the right choices in late April, they’ll give themselves a chance to make the postseason.
With that said, here is our full Indianapolis Colts 2022 NFL Mock Draft.
Colts 2022 NFL Mock Draft
Round 2 – 42nd Pick Overall: Jalen Pitre (CB)
Fans might want an exciting rookie receiver taken in the second round, but it’s not likely one falls to them here. Instead, the Colts have a better chance at locking down the cornerback position, which is an area of concern as well. Jalen Pitre has the potential to be a shut-down cornerback for years to come and would make an immediate impact on Indianapolis.
Round 3 – 73rd Pick Overall: Justyn Ross (WR)
Here is where the Colts can find a wide receiver gem. Justyn Ross has the size to match up with anyone and could become a legitimate red-zone threat one day. Considering how bad the receiving core is for Indianapolis right now, Ross would have a real shot at earning the second starting spot opposite Michael Pittman.
Round 4 – 122nd Pick Overall: Zyon McCollum (CB)
With the pass coverage being a liability, it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Colts double-dip at cornerback. Zyon McCollum is a solid prospect who could turn into a viable starter one day. If Indianapolis is patient and takes the time to develop him, McCollum could be a solid contributor for years to come.
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Round 5 – 159th Pick Overall: Zack Tom (T)
The offensive line is one of the best in the league, but the Colts have some fixing up to do as well. The offensive tackle position is a bit weak, but it’s not a dire need right now. For that reason, we should see the front office acquire a tackle at some point in the draft. Zack Tom is a versatile player who can play on the inside as well. Look for Tom to be a rotational player sooner, rather than later, especially if goes to Indianapolis.
Round 5 – 179th Pick Overall: James Mitchell (TE)
This offense hasn’t quite used the tight end position like they used to. It’s not the best position group in the league right now, as Mo Alie-Cox is in line to be the starter. The Colts should highly consider taking a tight end in the 2022 NFL Draft, making James Mitchell an excellent candidate. He serves more as a blocker than a pass option, but if he develops, Mitchell can become a consistent tight end for years to come.
Round 6 – 216th Pick Overall: Josh Rivas (G)
Here is where the Colts can simply add depth to the roster. They have great guards as it is, but Josh Rivas could become a backup guard if he develops accordingly. He’s likely to spend some time on the practice squad, but landing in Indianapolis might be the best thing for his career.
Round 7 – 240th Pick Overall: CJ Wright (DL)
Another depth piece the Colts can add is CJ Wright. He comes from Georgia Southern, a small school that is not well-known. Regardless, he would be hungry to prove himself in Indianapolis. Similar to Josh Rivas, Wright is a likely practice squad candidate. However, he could serve a long-time role as a backup at some point down the road.