Indianapolis Colts 2022 Draft
While the 2021 Indianapolis Colts didn’t make the playoffs, their ineptitude did leave a lasting impression. When the Colts were stunned by the Jaguars in the last week of the season, it not only knocked Indy out of the playoffs, it set up a bizarre scenario where teams could have played to a tie and both made the playoffs, while another didn’t. Indianapolis finished 9-8 last season and jettisoned quarterback Carson Wentz to the rebranded Washington Commanders.
Wentz, who passed for 3,563 yards and 27 touchdowns against seven interceptions, did not have a poor season by any stretch of the imagination. However, there’s a perception that he isn’t built for moments that make or break a season. Against Jacksonville in that ugly 26-11 season-ending loss, Wentz went 17-for-29 passing for 185 yards, a touchdown, an interception. He was sacked six times..
Bidding adieu to Wentz gave Indianapolis that much more cap room, currently a league-high $41.5 million. So, there’s plenty of room to maneuver.
Players Leaving the Indianapolis Colts
Colts tight end Jack Doyle announced his retirement March 7, freeing another $5 million for Indianapolis. Doyle had been with the team since 2013 and was a consistent threat for the Colts. He had 407 receptions (2,729 yards) during his career with the team and was selected to Pro Bowl two times.
Running back Marlon Mack will likely be headed on to another organization. With Jonathan Taylor as the workhorse, there aren’t be many snaps available for the veteran running back. Mack appeared in six games last season, and was a “healthy scratch” in many others.
Cornerback Xavier Rhodes was brought back on a one-year deal last season but struggled with injuries. Rhodes made 39 tackles-32 of which were solo-and intercepted a pass. Rhodes, who is 31, appeared in 13 games last season, his second in Indianapolis.
Left tackle Julien Davenport struggled last season, allowing four sacks, four quarterback hits, and a dozen hurries. With the Colts’ emphasis on strong line play, they will likely bring someone in to challenge for his spot.
Positions Needed by the Indianapolis Colts
The Colts will want to take a look at bringing in another left tackle. Indianapolis imported former Kansas City Chief Eric Fisher on a free-agent deal, hoping he could rebound after an ACL tear. However, Fisher struggled in 2021 and wasn’t what the Colts hoped.
Indianapolis will also be looking to add more pass rushers. Defensive tackle DeForest Buckner led the team with seven sacks. Defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammed, who finished with six, was the only other player with more than five. Indy finished with 33 sacks as a team.
With the Colts playing the quarterback carousel, it will be tough to figure out which way they spin. Aaron Rodgers re-upped with Green Bay, Russell Wilson landed with Denver and It’s hard to see the Colts pursuing San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who nonetheless has his share of suitors.
Indianapolis Colts Mock Draft
The Colts have six picks in 2022, but none in the first round of the draft. Indianapolis sent its first-rounder in this draft to Philadelphia to acquire Wentz. Indianapolis could grab Nevada quarterback Carson Strong. Whether that requires a trade and/or flipping of picks remains to be seen.
Strong had a big junior season with the Wolfpack, passing for 36 touchdowns against eight interceptions. While Strong has limited mobility and he is an accurate passer who sees the field well. Strong completed 70 percent of his passes and threw for 4,186 yards last season.
In the later rounds, Louisiana tackle Max Mitchell could be a good fit for the Colts. Mitchell, who is a 6-foot-6, 299-pound prospect, was part of an energetic Ragin’ Cajuns offense that gave their opponents in the Sun Belt fits. He was chosen as second-team All-Sun Belt and was a semifinalist for the Joe Moore Award.
Edge rusher Jeffrey Gunter from Coastal Carolina may be a good fit to boost Indianapolis’ pass rush. Gunter was a productive player for the Chanticleers last season, recording 5½ sacks and forcing two fumbles. Gunter recorded 35 total tackles, including 21 solos. His last three seasons saw him end with at least five sacks. Check Colts’ NFL Draft odds and NFL Odds.
2022 NFL Draft Event Information
- Date: Thursday, April 28 (Round 1) | Friday, April 29 (Rounds 2-3) | Saturday, April 30 (Rounds 4-7)
- Time: 8 p.m. ET (Thursday) | 7 p.m. ET (Friday) | Noon ET (Saturday)
- Location: Allegiant Stadium, Paradise, NV
- TV Channel: ABC | ESPN | NFL Network
- NFL Draft Live Streaming: NFL Game Pass
2022 NFL First-Round Draft Order (with 2021 records)
- Jacksonville Jaguars
- Detroit Lions
- Houston Texans
- NY Jets
- NY Giants
- Carolina Panthers
- NY Giants (via Bears)
- Atlanta Falcons
- Seattle Seahawks (via Broncos)
- NY Jets (via Seahawks)
- Washington Commanders
- Minnesota Vikings
- Houston Texans (via Browns)
- Baltimore Ravens
- Philadelphia Eagles (via Dolphins)
- Philadelphia Eagles (via Colts)
- LA Chargers
- New Orleans Saints
- Philadelphia Eagles
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- New England Patriots
- Green Bay Packers (via Raiders)
- Arizona Cardinals
- Dallas Cowboys
- Buffalo Bills
- Tennessee Titans
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Green Bay Packers
- Kansas City Chiefs (via 49ers)
- Kansas City Chiefs
- Cincinnati Bengals
- Detroit Lions (via Rams)
Teams with no First Round Pick
- San Francisco 49ers
- Chicago Bears
- Denver Broncos
- Cleveland Browns
- Indianapolis Colts
- Las Vegas Raiders
- Los Angeles Rams
- Miami Dolphins