Indianapolis Colts’ Mock Draft: Fixing the poor offense

Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)
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The Indianapolis Colts need a ton of roster help, and they could start that process by acing the 2023 NFL Draft and taking a quarterback.  I’m not sure what the Colts’ plan of action was the last several years, but it didn’t work.

General Manager Chris Ballard has turned this roster upside down since arriving in Indy.  The Colts bottomed out this year and made a bad decision by firing Frank Reich.  They will move forward with Ballard still as the GM and introducing Shane Steichen as their new head coach.

Offense should be the center of their 2023 NFL Draft.

Indianapolis Colts’ Mock Draft: Fixing the poor offense

4th overall pick: Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

In this mock draft, the Colts see Anthony Richardson fall into their lap.  The Colts take a chance on the raw prospect and pair him up with Steichen, who did wonders with a lesser quarterback and prospect in Jalen Hurts.

Gardner Minshew begins the season as the starter, and we see Richardson come in late in the season for a few games before turning the reigns over to him in 2024.

35th overall pick: O’Cyrus Torrence, OG, Florida

Ryan Kelly’s replacement, or perhaps a starter at right guard, Torrence has experience along the interior in the offense and should be a week one starter.  The Colts’ offensive line bottomed out with Matt Ryan under center and that unit needs reinforcements.

79th overall pick: Luke Wypler, OC, Ohio State

Back to back picks along the offensive line prompts the Colts to part ways with Ryan Kelly.  Luke Wypler is one of the more talented centers in the NFL.  He boasts strong athleticism and is able to get into space in the run game.  He does leave a bit to be desired in pass protection, but that shouldn’t be a huge problem in Shane Steichen’s offense.

106th overall pick: Zach Harrison, EDGE, Ohio State

The Colts shouldn’t forget about their defense.  They add a talented EDGE rusher in Zach Harrison from Ohio State.

138th overall pick: Bryce Ford-Wheaton, WR, West Virginia

162nd overall pick: Cory Trice Jr, CB, Purdue

169th overall pick: Rejzohn Wright, CB, Oregon State

221st overall pick: Shaka Heyward, LB, Duke

236th overall pick: Jalen Redmond, DT, Oklahoma

The Indianapolis Colts finish their 2023 NFL Draft by trying to fill holes at positions of need, making their last four picks on the defensive side of the ball, including back to back picks at cornerback.

Their first three picks were on offense and signal a clear, new era in Indy.