The Colts finally get off the QB carousel and take Will Levis. He brings stablility, arm strength, athleticism and confidence to the position. Something the Colts have not had since the retirement of Andrew Luck in 2019. Ballard makes the right decision as Levis is ready to go now and will start Day 1. Its believed this is who the Colts want, regardless of who is on the board at Pick #4.
Round 1, Pick #4
Will Levis, QB Kentucky
Round 2 Pick #35
Julius Brents, CB Kansas State
Ballard grabs the super athletic Julius Brents to fill their 2nd most important need on the team. He is built like a WR and can play like one. He is 6’3 has nearly an 83" wingspan and has a 41.5 vertical jump. He will bring some much needed size and physicality to this defense
Round 3 Pick #79
Tyler Scott, WR Cincinnati
Colts dip into the Cincinnati pipeline again by drafting Tyler Scott. Colts took Alec Pierce last season in the 2nd round and this time take a very different receiver. Scott is only 5’10 but is an absolute speedster and ball catching machine. He ran a 4.32 40 at the teams Pro Day. He caught 55 balls for 904 yards and 9 TDs. Colts did bring in Isiah McKenzie from Buffalo this offseason but Steichens new offense will air it out more so another burner won’t hurt this offense by any means.
Round 4 Pick #106
Olsegun Oluwatami, Center Michigan
The 2022 Rimington and Outland Award Winner gives some depth to the Colts. Starting Center Ryan Kelly struggled last season and has been mentioned in trade talks. While it appears he will be staying grabbing Oluwatami here is a great decision. He is a four year starter with 45 starts at Virginia and Michigan. He has experience and traits that will help him become a starter in this league
Round 5 Pick #138
YaYa Diaby, EDGE Louisville
You can never have enough EDGE rushers on your team. Colts snag Diaby here early in the 5th round. An experienced but still raw talent that will need to be coached hard. A bit undersized but very quick off the line with great speed.
Round 5 Pick #162
Ventrell Miller, LB Florida
With the loss of Bobby Okereke and the uncertainty of health surrounding Shaquille Leonard, Colts will be looking to add depth to this position. To all of Ballards faults, he is an incredible scout when it comes to Linebacker prospects. He is a bit undersized but uses his size well with his massive wingspan.
Round 5 Pick #176
McLendon Curtis, OG Chattanooga
Colts used a rotation of players at right guard throughout the season as they could not find a true starter. With Matt Pryor gone and Danny Pinter and Will Fries left on the roster, Curtis not only brings some needed competition but potentially some stability. A six year redshirt with 38 starts in 49 games. He is 6"6 and 324 lbs. He can deadlift 775 lbs and power clean 345 lbs. This is the prototypical offensive lineman that Ballard loves.
Round 7 Pick #221
Chris Rodriguez Jr, RB Kentucky
Chris Ballard discussed creating competition for the upcoming season amongst key positions. This pick does exactly that. Rodriguez joins a crowded Indianapolis RB room. The two time offensive captain has 4.5 speed which doesn’t blow you away but gains yards in chunks.
Round 7 Pick # 236
Starling Thomas, CB UAB
Colts have shown interest in Thomas this offseason with a private Top 30 visit. He has been mocked as early 4th round and as late as 7th round. He had blazing speed with 4.28 40 at his pro day. He is a nickel cornerback specialist and can play some special teams as well. Thomas will have a great opportunity to make this team due to the depth needs in the secondary.
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