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The 2023 NFL draft is officially one week away, and the deadline has passed for the Indianapolis Colts to host prospects for top-30 visits at their facility.
While the Colts can continue to work out and speak with prospects, they can no longer host them at their facility on an official visit. Each team is allotted 30 of those visits, and the Colts used the majority of theirs on quarterbacks and prospects projected on Day 3 of the draft.
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Over the course of the month, we have been tracking each piece of reported interest the Colts have had in prospects to the best of our ability, and we now have a relatively clear picture of their focus in this phase of the pre-draft process.
By our count, 24 of the 30 visits for the Colts were reported. It’s rare to see all 30 visits get reported before the draft so that’s a pretty solid number. Some reported visits may trickle in leading up to the draft so we’ll add those to the list if they come in.
The two most common positions featured shouldn’t come as a surprise. The Colts did their homework mostly on quarterbacks and cornerbacks—the two biggest positional needs on the roster. The Colts reportedly hosted five quarterbacks and seven cornerbacks on top-30 visits.
You can see the full list and more in our pre-draft interest tracker .
Sorted by position, here’s a look at the prospects who had top-30 visits with the Colts ahead of the 2023 NFL draft:
1 QB C.J. Stroud, Ohio State
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2 QB Anthony Richardson, Florida
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3 QB WIll Levis, Kentucky
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4 QB Hendon Hooker, Tennessee
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5 QB Aidan O'Connell, Purdue
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6 WR T.J. Luther, Gardner Webb
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7 WR Rashee Rice, SMU
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8 WR E.J. Jenkins, Georgia Tech
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Georgia Tech tight end E.J. Jenkins (6-6, 245, 4.56 speed) has 30 visit today with #Colts , per a league source. Jenkins excelled at Pro Day attended by all 32 teams with several position coaches in attendance @KPRC2 — Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 11, 2023
9 TE Payne Durham, Purdue
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10 OT Dawand Jones, Ohio State
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11 DT Brodric Martin, Western Kentucky
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12 DT Devonnsha Maxwell, Chattanooga
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13 DT Caleb Sampson, Kansas
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Kansas @KUAthletics defensive tackle Caleb Sampson (6-3, 305, 77 career tackles, 11 1/2 for losses, 5 1/2 sacks) to attend #Chiefs and #Saints local prospect days and has upcoming visit with #Colts , per a league source — Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 6, 2023
14 DT Bryan Bresee, Clemson
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15 EDGE Keion White, Georgia Tech
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16 LB Kyle Soelle, Arizona State
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17 LB Marte Mapu, Sacramento State
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18 CB Starling Thomas V, UAB
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19 CB Tre Hawkins, Old Dominion
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20 CB Julius Brents, Kansas State
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21 CB Jarrick Bernard-Converse, LSU
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22 CB Mark Milton, Baylor
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23 CB Art Green, Houston
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24 CB Quan Martin, Illinois
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Which 2023 NFL draft prospects had top-30 visits with Colts?
The 2023 NFL draft is officially one week away, and the deadline has passed for the Indianapolis Colts to host prospects for top-30 visits at their facility. While the Colts can continue to work out and speak with prospects, they can no longer host them at their facility on an official visit. Each team is allotted 30 of those visits,…
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2023 NFL Draft top 30 visits tracker: Top QB prospects Anthony Richardson, C.J. Stroud make final visits
A look at where the top prospects are visiting ahead of the draft.
The 2023 NFL Draft is almost here, which means prospects are getting their last chances to impress the 32 teams, and each club is getting one last look at who they want to add to its squad.
Teams have their top-30 visits, where they can bring in up to 30 players to their facility for interviews, meetings and a physical -- all with the goal of getting to know the players more in depth. These visits can be the difference between a team selecting a player or passing them by.
With 32 teams and up to 30 players visiting each, it can be a lot to keep up with, so here are all the prospects each franchise has invited for official visits so far:
- WR Quentin Johnston (TCU)
- OL Steve Avila (TCU)
- WR Jonathan Mingo (Ole Miss)
- S Jammie Robinson (Florida State)
- OT Jaelyn Duncan (Maryland)
- RB Kendre Miller (TCU)
- RB Tank Bigsby (Auburn)
- LB Nolan Smith (Georgia)
- LB DeMarvion Overshown (Texas)
- OT Paris Johnson Jr. (Ohio State)
- EDGE Byron Young (Tennessee)
- EDGE Will McDonald IV (Iowa State)
- QB Anthony Richardson (Florida)
- DL Adetomiwa Adebawore (Northwestern)
- WR Trey Palmer (Nebraska)
- RB Keaton Mitchell (ECU)
- S Brian Branch (Alabama)
- QB Will Levis (Kentucky)
- DT Jalen Carter (Georgia)
- QB C.J. Stroud (Ohio State)
- WR Jordan Addison (USC)
- WR David Durden (West Florida)
- RB DeWayne McBride (UAB)
- DT Gervon Dexter (Florida)
- LB Amari Burney (Florida)
- CB Cam Smith (South Carolina)
- CB Corey Mayfield Jr. (UTSA)
- EDGE Byron Young (Tennessee)
- TE Payne Durham (Purdue)
- DL Gervon Dexter (Florida)
- DT Jaquelin Roy (LSU)
- OL O'Cyrus Torrence (Florida)
- WR Tank Dell (Houston)
- RB Tyjae Spears (Tulane)
- OT Darnell Wright (Tennessee)
- WR Zay Flowers (Boston College)
- CB Deonte Banks (Maryland)
- QB Bryce Young (Alabama)
- LB Bumper Pool (Arkansas)
- RB Zach Evans (Mississippi)
- WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba (Ohio State)
- CB Joey Porter Jr. (Penn State)
- OG Anthony Bradford (LSU)
- S Devon Matthews (Indiana)
- OLB Will Anderson Jr. (Alabama)
- OLB Tyree Wilson (Texas Tech)
- C Ricky Stromberg (Arkansas)
- WR Dontayvion Wicks (Virginia)
- QB Aidan O'Connell (Purdue)
- RB Xazavian Valladay (Arizona)
- DL Karl Brooks (Bowling Green)
- EDGE Derick Hall (Auburn)
- WR Kahlef Hailassie (Western Kentucky)
- DL Tyler Lacy (OSU)
- EDGE Nolan Smith (Georgia)
- OT Dawand Jones (Ohio State)
- DE BJ Thompson (Austin)
- RB Xazavian Valladay (Arizona State)
- CB Emmnuel Forbes (Mississippi State)
- CB DJ Ivey (Miami)
- OT Jake Witt (Northern Michigan)
- LB Trenton Simpson (Clemson)
- QB Clayton Tune (Houston)
- WR Jalin Hyatt (Tennessee)
- DB Emmanuel Forbes (Mississippi State)
- OL Ilm Manning (University of Hawaii)
- OL Antonio Mafi (UCLA)
- S Tanner McCalister (Ohio State)
- DE BJ Thompson (Stephen F. Austin)
- OLB Durrell Johnson (Liberty)
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- OL Jordan Rhodes (Arkansas State)
- LB Ventrell Miller (Florida)
- CB/KR Isaiah Bolden (Jackson State)
- TE Jamal Turner (Toledo)
- QB C.J. Stroud (OSC)
- CB Clark Phillips III (Utah)
Green Bay Packers
- OL Ilm Manning (Hawaii)
- S Jordan Howden (Minnesota)
- TE Darnell Washington (Georgia)
- TE Michael Mayer (Notre Dame)
- QB Hendon Hooker (Tennessee)
- CB Julius Brents (Kansas State)
- OL Cody Mauch (North Dakota)
- WR Jayden Reed (Michigan)
- LB DeMarvion Overshown (Texas)
- CB Starling Thomas V (UAB)
- DL Brodric Martin (Western Kentucky)
- WR TJ Luther (Gardner-Webb)
- QB C.J. Stroud (OSU)
- LB Kyle Soelle (Arizona State)
- DT Bryan Bressee (Clemson)
- DL Tyler Lacy (Oklahoma State)
- OLB Nolan Smith (Georgia)
- CB Sam Smith (South Carolina)
Kansas City Chiefs
- WR Rashee Rice (SMU)
- S Jerrick Reed Jr. (New Mexico)
- DT Keeanu Benton (Wisconsin)
- DL Deslin Alexandre (Pitt)
- OL Cooper Hodges (Appalachian State)
- DL Desjuan Johnson (Toledo)
- LB Jeremy Banks (Tennessee)
- DT Brodric Martin (Western Kentucky)
- OT Broderick Jones (Georgia)
Las Vegas Raiders
- S Jordan Howden (Minnesota) - local visit
- QB CJ Stroud (Ohio State)
- CB Kelee Ringo (Georgia)
Los Angeles Chargers
- WR Jordan Addison (USC) - local visit
- LB Mohamoud Diabate (Utah)
Los Angeles Rams
- CB Anthony Johnson (Virginia)
- Garrett Nelson (Nebraska)
- S Jordan Howden (Minnesota)
- CB Terell Smith (Minnesota)
New England Patriots
- DL Scott Matlock (Boise State)
- DL Zay Flowers (Boston College)
- DL Junior Fehoko (San Diego State)
New Orleans Saints
- DE Myles Murphy (Clemson)
New York Giants
- WR Marvin Mims (Oklahoma)
New York Jets
- LT Paris Johnson Jr. (Ohio State)
- CB Kahlef Hailassie (Western Kentucky)
San francisco 49ers.
- K Christopher Dunn (N.C. State)
- S Ji'Ayir Brown (Penn State)
- WR Jayden Reed (Michigan State)
- DL Dante Stills (West Virginia)
- RB Roschon Johnson (Texas)
- DB Jordan Howden (Minnesota)
- OL Braeden Daniels (Utah)
- OL Jordan McFadden (Clemson)
- G Anthony Bradford (LSU)
- EDGE Will Anderson Jr. (Alabama)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- OLB Felix Anudike-Uzomah (Kansas State)
- RB Chase Brown (Illinois)
- S Sydney Brown (Illinois)
- QB Hendon Hooker (Tennessee) - local visit
- DT Devonnsha Maxwell (UT-Chattanooga)
- WR Jalin Hyatt (East Carolina)
- LT Broderick Jones (Georgia)
- CB Quan Martin (Illinois)
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Report: Colts Have a Top 30 Visit Scheduled with Kansas State CB Julius Brents Before NFL Draft
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According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo , the Indianapolis Colts are among the NFL teams that have a Top 30 visit scheduled with Kansas State cornerback Julius Brents before the 2023 NFL Draft:
Kansas State CB Julius Brents has a dozen pre-draft visits, including the #Steelers , #Colts , #Ravens , #Panthers and #Titans . Projected by many as a Day 2 pick. Good combination of size and athletic ability. https://t.co/4Hw2ohvRmT — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 10, 2023
The 6’3”, 198 pound (with 34” arms) redshirt senior cornerback recorded 45 tackles (28 solo), 3.5 tackles for loss, 4 passes defensed, 4 interceptions, and a forced fumble during 14 starts for the Wildcats this past season.
The local Warren Central High School standout already has clear ties to the Indianapolis area, and the Colts have a significant need at starting outside cornerback—as a pair of veterans Stephon Gilmore and Brandon Facyson are with new teams this offseason.
For what it’s worth, Brents reportedly attended but did not participate in the Colts local Pro Day on Monday afternoon—as he recovers from a wrist injury, but did still chat with Indy head coach Shane Steichen.
Brents was recently mocked to the Colts in the second round at pick #35 in ESPN Todd McShay’s latest NFL mock draft and has been heavily connected to Indy throughout the pre-draft process. He’s certainly a name to watch at cornerback early on in late April.
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Colts set Top 30 visit with one of the biggest OL targets you'll ever see
By braulio perez | mar 11, 2023.
As the Indianapolis Colts prepare for the 2023 NFL Draft, they are scheduling a meeting with impressive offensive line prospect Dawand Jones.
While the focus for the Indianapolis Colts is no question in bringing in a star quarterback for the future, potentially Bryce Young, Anthony Richardson or C.J. Stroud, you already know general manager Chris Ballard is going to look to improve the offensive line as well. Without a stout line, a good QB is useless.
That's why it's no surprise that Ballard and Co. are going to be doing their due-diligence in scouting the top OL prospects for the upcoming NFL Draft. A guy on the list for you to monitor? That's be Ohio State offensive tackle Dawand Jones , who has set a Top 30 visit with Indy ahead of next month's draft.
Ohio State OT Dawand Jones has Top 30 visits scheduled with the following teams, per source. • Commanders • Eagles • Colts • Steelers • Browns • Bengals • Seahawks — Ryan Fowler (@_RyanFowler_) March 8, 2023
Colts set a Top 30 visit with Ohio State OT Dawand Jones
Jones is fresh off a strong showing at the NFL Combine, where he turned plenty of heads. Jones is a massive specimen, checking in at 6-foot-8, 375 pounds. His size alone has scouts and general managers intrigued by his game. The fact that he has quick feet and hips only makes him that much more of a top target for squads.
As things stand, Jones is projected to be taken early on in the second round. If he's there for the taking when it's Ballard's turn to send in his second pick of the night, then he'll surely be an interesting name to keep an eye on, especially if things go well for him during his visit with the organization in the near future.
Check out Georgia Tech's 6-4, 280 pound DE Keion White.. Looks 5-4, 180 going up against Ohio State's Dawand Jones (6-8, 375)😮 pic.twitter.com/RFuAmiHkzV — Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) February 2, 2023
This is the time of year where the Colts will be working overtime in checking out potential draft candidates. Jones will be receiving plenty of interest ahead of late April, as he has scheduled additional visits with the Commanders, Eagles, Steelers, Browns and others.
Jones is known for making life tough for opposing defensive linemen, and that could prove to be the case next season in the AFC South as well.
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Colts Schedule Top 30 Visit with QB Draft Prospect: Report
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Getty The Colts are hosting a quarterback draft prospect in a top 30 visit soon.
The Indianapolis Colts are continuing the search for their next quarterback this off-season.
The team has an official top 30 visit scheduled with top quarterback draft prospect Will Levis, according to The Blue Stable’s Landon Oliver .
Zak Keefer from The Athletic wrote in a story that the visit is set to take place “in the coming weeks,” also noting that Levis recently met with Colts legendary quarterback Peyton Manning to review game film and discuss the draft process.
Levis is one of four quarterbacks projected to be selected in the first round.
A two-year starter at Kentucky, Levis put up 5,876 passing yards and 46 touchdowns during his four-year college career, which started at Penn State.
Colts owner Jim Irsay’s stance on adding a new quarterback has set expectations that the team will do so through the draft, especially since the team has the No. 4 overall pick.
The team inquired about trading up to No. 1 to ensure selecting their favorite QB prospect, but the Carolina Panthers pulled the trigger and moved up from No. 9 instead.
Levis could stand out to Colts general manager Chris Ballard due to his intangibles: arm strength, mobility and size. Each of Indy’s starting quarterbacks over the last few years have possessed those traits.
A mock draft released earlier this off-season even projected the Colts to trade up to No. 1 for Levis.
Levis Holds Pro Day Session
Levis showed off his talent in a Pro Day session put on by the University of Kentucky on March 24. His arm strength was on full display as Levis hopes to continue to prove that he’s ready to play as soon as he’s drafted.
Horseshoe Huddle’s Destin Adams said Levis had some rough patches but his overall performance was successful.
“He had his down moments due to a few inaccurate balls where he left it short/behind his receiver as well as multiple drops from his receivers on the day (who were forced to do push-ups after practice as a result),” Adams said. “But overall, it was a strong day for Levis, who showed off his biggest weapon and something that you simply can’t coach, ‘his cannon.’”
Flat footed and still has a ton of power on these throws pic.twitter.com/PXMs2Xx63D — Destin Adams (@TheDestinAdams) March 24, 2023
Keefer said Levis is spending this offseason focusing on mechanics — specifically footwork, which “routinely got sloppy at Kentucky.” He noted that Levis’ strong arm is beneficial but could also be a liability.
“That’s what can get a big arm like Levis in trouble: He sometimes can trust it too much,” Keefer wrote.
Keefer also noted that Colts Midwest area scout Mike Lacy was the only team personnel member present at Levis’ throwing session.
Colts Host Another Top 30 Visit
In addition to Indianapolis bringing in Levis for a top 30 visit, the team recently met with UCLA left guard Atonio Mafi .
Mafi started 13 games at left guard in 2022, finishing with 56 career games (and tying a UCLA record). He was named to the All-Pac-12 second team and was part of an offensive line that received semifinal recognition for the Joe Moore Award.
According to The Draft Network’s Justin Melo , the Colts held the visit virtually. He has already met with the Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints but is also expected to visit the Detroit Lions, Washington Commanders, San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys.
Given the Colts’ offensive line struggles and Matt Pryor’s status as an impending free agent , the team could be looking to address offensive line depth. The unit shuffled its lineup throughout 2022 and allowed 60 sacks .
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Colts 2023 NFL Draft big board: 20 prospects Indy can target at QB and beyond
NFL Draft week is finally here, and with it comes my final Colts big board. Indianapolis is poised to select a quarterback with the No. 4 pick — or higher if general manager Chris Ballard trades up to No. 3 — and I can already hear the praise and outrage with whatever decision he makes.
Meanwhile, the Colts have eight more selections (Nos. 35, 79, 106, 138, 162, 176, 221 and 236) and other positional needs to address. Since Indianapolis has three fifth-round picks, I wouldn’t be surprised if it found a way to repackage those selections and move up into the third or fourth rounds.
Ballard said the Colts have given a first-round grade to only 17 players, but after poring over film and meeting face-to-face with prospects at the Senior Bowl, scouting combine, local pro day and top-30 visits, he’s confident the Colts will find talent throughout the draft.
“When you study for the test, you walk in, you do it and you do really well,” Ballard said, likening the draft to a college exam. The test begins Thursday, and with the help of The Athletic draft analyst Dane Brugler’s top 300 , here are 20 players who might be the right answers:
C.J. Stroud, Ohio State | 6-foot-3, 214 pounds | Top 300 rank: No. 4
2022 stats: 41 TDs, 6 INTs, 3,688 yards, 66.3 completion percentage
Alabama’s Bryce Young appears to be the presumed No. 1 pick by Carolina , but there are rumblings of the Texans possibly passing on Stroud at No. 2. If that’s the case, the Colts should move up to No. 3 and select the former Buckeye. I understand the hesitancy about his reportedly low S2 Cognition test score, which may not even be true ( The Athletic’s Matt Barrows has a very informative piece on the S2 ), but that’s just part of his evaluation. The other pieces include his NFL -ready accuracy, two outstanding seasons in Columbus as the starter and a performance against Georgia in the College Football Playoff that surely made NFL GMs reconsider his potential. The next two QBs who’d be available at this point are Kentucky’s Will Levis and Florida’s Anthony Richardson, but in my eyes, there’s still a significant gap between them and Stroud.
Anthony Richardson, Florida | 6-foot-4, 244 pounds | Top 300 rank: No. 13
2022 stats: 17 TDs, 9 INTs, 2,549 yards, 53.8 completion percentage, 9 rushing TDs
Richardson is the lottery ticket of this year’s draft. He’s arguably the most physically gifted QB prospect ever, and he looked the part at the scouting combine and the Gators’ pro day. Richardson’s ceiling is higher than anyone in this class, but I believe his floor is higher than many give him credit for considering his running ability. Pair that with Colts head coach Shane Steichen’s quarterback history — particularly with Philadelphia dual-threat superstar Jalen Hurts — and I think Richardson’s development is in good hands. Keep in mind, Richardson is only 20, so it may take longer for him to find his footing in the NFL, but if gets a good grip, he could become one of the most dynamic players in the league. Indianapolis surely would welcome that while finally ending the QB carousel it’s been on since Andrew Luck retired in 2019.
"Bad scouts poke holes + don't look for good," Chris Ballard has told his scouts before. "Look for the good. What can he do?" In Anthony Richardson's case, everything. This 20-year-old could grow into a weapon that scares the hell out of D-coordinators: https://t.co/GXrxFjG004 — Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) April 24, 2023
Will Levis, Kentucky | 6-foot-3, 229 pounds | Top 300 rank: No. 14
2022 stats: 19 TDs, 10 INTs, 2,406 yards, 65.4 completion percentage, 2 rushing TDs
Ballard seemingly tried to put any “Levis to the Colts” rumors to bed during his pre-draft news conference by saying his team hasn’t zeroed in on any QB. Levis’ name has become the most associated with Indy in the last week or so, and it makes sense for Ballard to maintain his leverage. However, Ballard’s pre-draft stance doesn’t mean Levis is no longer being considered. The former Wildcat powered two different NFL-style offenses in two seasons as the starter in Lexington, which should help his transition to the league. He also has a big arm, above-average mobility and innate toughness. Levis was beloved by his teammates and coaches in college, and his leadership qualities should go a long way in an NFL locker room.
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Cedric Tillman, Tennessee | 6-foot-3, 213 pounds | Top 300 rank: No. 57
2022 stats: 37 catches, 417 yards, 3 TDs (limited to six games due to an ankle injury)
Tillman fits the Ballard mold at wideout with his combination of size, skill and fearlessness. He routinely makes contested catches that’ll allow him to be a consistent target across the middle of the field in NFL. He’s also tough to bring down after the catch. Tillman ran a limited route tree with the Volunteers and can sometimes be a little too handsy when the ball is in the air, but from Steichen’s perspective, I’m guessing he’d welcome a hard-nosed, big-bodied receiver to make life easier on a presumed rookie QB.
Jayden Reed, Michigan State | 5-foot-10, 187 pounds | Top 300 rank: No. 80
2022 stats: 55 catches, 636 yards, 5 TDs (59 catches for 1,026 yards, 10 TDs in 2021)
Reed is a bit undersized as a slot receiver, but it’s hard to ignore his speed and versatility. He was a proven playmaker at Michigan State, regardless of where he lined up, and plays bigger than his body. Reed could be a viable replacement in the slot for Parris Campbell , who joined the Giants in free agency. Steichen also likes to take his shots down the field, which meshes well with Reed’s skill set.
Jonathan Mingo, Ole Miss | 6-foot-1, 220 pounds | Top 300 rank: No. 86
2022 stats: 51 catches, 861 yards, 5 TDs
Mingo isn’t all that fast, so don’t expect many deep balls to come his way. But he’s a physical receiver and has the frame to make life tough on an opposing defensive back. He’ll need to improve his route running and make more catches with his hands instead of his body. However, the upside is there and he could increase his value by growing as a blocker, too.
O’Cyrus Torrence, Florida | 6-foot-5, 330 pounds | Top 300 rank: No. 37
The Colts haven’t done anything this offseason to bolster their offensive line, which is a bit alarming considering how poorly that unit played last year. One quick way to do that is to draft Torrence, if he’s even available when the Colts are on the clock again at No. 35. Torrence is a violent yet disciplined blocker (didn’t allow a sack on 1,501 pass-blocking snaps in college and didn’t have a penalty last year, per Brugler’s “The Beast” ) and would immediately replace Will Fries at right guard. Indianapolis probably won’t find another guard of his caliber in free agency.
Cody Mauch, North Dakota State | 6-foot-5, 302 pounds | Top 300 rank: No. 45
Mauch has become a draft fan favorite with his long hair and missing front teeth (they were knocked out years ago playing basketball), but he’s a really solid offensive lineman. He moves well in short areas and possesses strong, deliberate hands that keep defensive linemen at bay. Mauch was mostly a left tackle in college, though his short arms project him as more of a guard in the NFL. Either way, he’d add much-needed depth to the Colts’ offensive line.
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Darnell Washington, Georgia | 6-foot-7, 264 pounds | Top 300 rank: No. 30
2022 stats: 28 catches, 454 yards, 2 TDs
Washington hasn’t fully tapped into his potential as a pass catcher and may have even been underutilized through the air in college. However, his calling card at the moment is blocking, and the Colts certainly could use more of it. Washington excelled essentially as a sixth offensive lineman for the Bulldogs and is primed to replicate that same impact in the NFL thanks to his sturdy frame and strength.
Payne Durham, Purdue | 6-foot-5, 253 pounds | Top 300 rank: No. 204
2022 stats: 56 catches, 560 yards, 8 TDs
Durham is a bit of a late bloomer, which I laid out in a recent story about him . He only played one year of high school football before spending five seasons at Purdue. Throughout that span, he’s worked hard to turn himself into a reliable catcher and an even better blocker. Durham has modeled his game after former Colt Jack Doyle , whose blocking void has yet to be filled since he retired last year. If Durham could become Doyle 2.0, that would go a long way toward helping Indianapolis return to prominence.
Kelee Ringo, Georgia | 6-foot-2, 207 pounds | Top 300 rank: No. 36
2022 stats: 42 tackles, 2 INTs, 7 PBUs, 1 FF
Brugler has Mississippi State’s Emmanuel Forbes ranked one spot higher than Ringo in his top 300, but I just don’t see Ballard taking a risk on a cornerback as thin as Forbes, who is 6-feet and weighs 166 pounds, while Ringo is taller and thicker. The Georgia standout must improve his route recognition and anticipation, but his physicality often gives him an advantage in coverage and in run support.
Darius Rush, South Carolina | 6-foot-1, 198 pounds | Top 300 rank: No. 63
2022 stats: 38 tackles, 2 INTs, 7 PBUs, 1 FF
Ballard said he’s always in the market for cover corners, and Rush might be his guy. Rush thrives in man coverage, and his speed, length and anticipation allow him to react quickly when the ball is in the air. He doesn’t have the ideal short-area quickness you’d like to see in the secondary, though his other tools usually help him make up for it.
Julius Brents, Kansas State | 6-foot-2, 198 pounds | Top 300 rank: No. 78
2022 stats: 45 tackles, 4 INTs, 4 PBUs, 1 FF
I spoke to Brents at the Senior Bowl, scouting combine and Indy’s local pro day, and each time I was impressed with his fierce confidence and competitiveness. You can read my story on the Indianapolis native’s background and how that shaped his approach as a soon-to-be pro. Brents has a unique blend of size, length and quickness that give him the potential to be an impact player in the NFL. He’ll need to improve his ball skills, but it’s clear he has some attributes you rarely see at cornerback.
Cory Trice Jr., Purdue | 6-foot-3, 206 pounds | Top 300 rank: No. 88
2022 stats: 34 tackles, 2 INTs, 10 PBUs
Brugler describes Trice as “a bit of a cornerback-safety tweener” because of his size and athleticism, which should give him a fair amount of positional versatility at the next level. Trice tore his left ACL in 2021 and was a bit rusty in 2022, though if the Colts are confident in his medical history, the reward could greatly outweigh the risk. Trice’s physicality and route recognition are what set him apart, but continuing to hone his technique is what could make him special.
Isaiah Foskey, Notre Dame | 6-foot-5, 264 pounds | Top 300 rank: No. 60
2022 stats: 44 tackles, 13.5 TFLs, 10.5 sacks, 1 FR, 1 FF
Strengthening the defensive line isn’t one of the Colts’ most pressing issues, but nevertheless, it is still a position of need. Foskey is a player I believe Ballard would be very high on given his physical traits and relentless drive. He needs to add more tools to his pass rush and work on his containment. However, Foskey also made a big impact on special teams, blocking two punts last year, and his former special teams coordinator Brian Mason happens to be the Colts’ new special teams coordinator.
Yaya Diaby, Louisville | 6-foot-3, 263 pounds | Top 300 rank: No. 72
2022 stats: 37 tackles, 14 TFLs, 9 sacks, 2 PBUs, 2 FRs
Diaby worked at an airport after high school, per Brugler, but returned to football at the junior college level before becoming a three-year starter at Louisville. The 23-year-old would bring a combination of power and quickness to Indianapolis, which really shined through in his final college season. Diaby still isn’t the most polished edge rusher, but his natural ability and work ethic should help him blossom into a key contributor.
K.J. Henry, Clemson | 6-foot-4, 251 pounds | Top 300 rank: No. 138
2022 stats: 51 tackles, 9 TFLs, 3.5 sacks, 6 PBUs, 1 FR, 1 FF
Henry competes with a motor that you can’t teach and it allows him to make plays, even if he isn’t always in the best position. He possesses strong hands that help him quickly impose his will on opposing offensive linemen, and he has the energy and effort to chase down running backs across the field. The knock on Henry is that he’s already 24 and doesn’t have the refined skill set to be impactful every down, but in a limited role, he could be very valuable for the Colts.
Henry To’oto’o, Alabama | 6-foot-1, 227 pounds | Top 300 rank: No. 9
2022 stats: 94 tackles, 8 TFLs, 2.5 sacks
Indianapolis will rely on a linebacker core of Shaquille Leonard , Zaire Franklin and E.J. Speed in 2023, assuming Leonard returns fully healthy from his second back surgery. However, the team still needs more insurance at that position. To’oto’o doesn’t have the ideal size of an NFL linebacker, though he plays with a very high IQ and lays the wood while tackling. The former Alabama starter was also praised for his leadership and there can never be enough high-character guys in the locker room.
Dorian Williams, Tulane | 6-foot-1, 228 pounds | Top 300 rank: No. 103
2022 stats: 132 tackles, 8.5 TFLs, 5 sacks, 2 INTs, 7 PBUs, 2 FFs
Williams helped engineer the greatest one-year turnaround in college football history, per Brugler, lifting the Green Wave from 2-10 in 2021 to 12-2 in 2022. His acceleration shines through in coverage and on chase-down tackles, but he doesn’t have the same impact in the run game. If Williams can become better at shedding blocks, he could grow into a versatile defensive asset in the NFL.
Ivan Pace Jr., Cincinnati | 5-foot-10, 231 pounds | Top 300 rank: No. 130
2022 stats: 136 tackles, 20.5 TFLs, 9 sacks, 4 PBUs, 2 FFs
Similar to To’oto’o, Pace is undersized, but his production in college is impressive. He made the most of his opportunities and plays with a contagious sense of urgency and violence. Pace would likely make his presence felt first on special teams in the NFL, and I’m sure Mason would be thrilled to have him in Indy. However, Pace’s determination leads me to believe that as soon as a chance opened on defense, he’d capitalize.
(Top photo of Kelee Ringo: Jeffrey Brown / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Indianapolis Colts 2023 NFL draft picks, depth chart, analysis
INDIANAPOLIS -- The 2023 NFL draft was held in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. ESPN has pick-by-pick analysis of each of the Colts’ selections.
Analysis of every pick | Updated depth chart
Round 1, No. 4 overall: Anthony Richardson , QB, Florida
My take: This is a bold pick by the Colts, but it's a gamble they needed to take. The Colts needed to both solve their lingering quarterback issues while also making a selection that gives them the potential of closing the massive quarterback gap that exists in the AFC. The Colts were enamored by Richardson's rare size (6-4, 244), speed and strength. But, as head coach Shane Steichen pointed out Thursday, no one should overlook his powerful arm, either. Richardson gives the Colts their most physically dynamic quarterback since Andrew Luck, who retired in 2019.
Will he start as a rookie: The Colts were non-committal on this as of Thursday. But they absolutely refused to rule out the possibility of Richardson playing immediately. In fact, reading between the lines, Steichen left the door wide open. "When you play more, that's how you develop," he said. "So with him playing and his experience as a player and getting more reps, practice reps, game reps, I think that that's how you develop." That being said, the Colts don't have to force things. They signed free agent Gardner Minshew last month, a player familiar with Steichen's offense as they were together in Philadelphia last season. Minshew has starting experience and gives the Colts an initial option under center if they want to bring Richardson along slowly.
What we're hearing about Richardson: The Colts have been monitoring Richardson for quite some time. General manager Chris Ballard on Thursday recalled an afternoon from last August when chief personnel executive Morocco Brown, who had been dispatched to scout Richardson on campus, was enthralled with what he saw. "I'm getting these text messages from Morocco. He's at Florida's practice going, 'You should see the show that I'm watching on this practice field right now.' So we had some awareness of who he was and where, what his talent level was, a while ago." The Colts also conducted a recent private workout with Richardson and hosted him for a top-30 visit in Indianapolis.
Round 2, No. 44 overall: Julius Brents , CB, Kansas State
My take: Cornerback was, perhaps, the most obvious need for Indianapolis heading into Day 2. With Stephon Gilmore recently traded and with both Kenny Moore and Isaiah Rodgers entering the final season of their respective contracts, there is an immediate opening in the Colts' top three. At 6-3, Brents' length will be a key attribute and makes him another Colts pick who possesses the physical traits the team craves. Brents is also a scheme fit who has experience working with a zone system like the one the Colts utilize. One remaining question: Brents had recent wrist surgery and said he likely won't be cleared until right before training camp.
Ties to the team to know: Brents is an Indianapolis native, playing his prep ball at local powerhouse Warren Central High School. Brents said it was remarkable to have the "opportunity to play in my hometown, being a Colts fan of my whole life, growing up watching Peyton Manning, my favorite player growing up was Bob Sanders. So, now just to be able to put on that same jersey, man, it's nothing short of a blessing man. And it's crazy." Brents hails from the same high school as another prominent Colts draft pick: 1990 No. 1 overall pick Jeff George.
Round 3, No. 79 overall: Josh Downs , WR, North Carolina
My take: The Colts addressed an underrated need by selecting one of the most productive receivers in this draft. With questionable depth behind Michael Pittman Jr . and Alec Pierce , the Colts picked up a two-time first-team All-ACC selection who had a combined 195 catches and 2,364 yards the past two seasons for the Tar Heels. Though undersized at 5-9 and 171 pounds, he has dynamic potential in the slot and in the middle of the field. His small stature might not be ideal, but he provides the Colts with a much different body type than the big-bodied receivers that dominant their current roster.
When will he get regular playing time: There's a chance for Downs to have an immediate impact. The Colts acquired Isaiah McKenzie in free agency. But Downs offers more dynamic ability, even if he will likely have a learning curve as a rookie. If nothing else, Downs makes the position more competitive and that puts him in position to earn playing time. Downs said Colts receivers coach Reggie Wayne lauded his performance at the NFL scouting combine earlier this spring. "I was the best receiver in my group, and I had first-round guys in that group as well," Downs said.
Round 4, No. 106 overall: Blake Freeland , OT, BYU
My take: The Colts fully intended to address their offensive line depth in this draft, and they were able to find a versatile tackle option in Freeland. A four-year starter for the Cougars, Freeland played both right and left tackle during his career in Provo, Utah. Look for him to initially provide depth and, perhaps, competition -- especially at left tackle. That will allow him to push 2022 third-round pick Bernhard Raimann , who ended last season as the starter. The Colts might not be done with offensive line additions, as they are still interested in addressing their interior depth.
Round 4, No. 110 overall: Adetomiwa Adebawore , DT, Northwestern
My take: Adebawore is another player the Colts zeroed in on during his week at the Senior Bowl, where he had a strong performance as a defensive tackle. He has a lot in common with many of the Colts' recent defensive tackle picks in that his game is marked by the ability to play multiple positions and he has elite physical traits. Though he is only 6-1 1/2, Adebawore had an eye-popping 4.49 40-yard dash (at 282 pounds) and did 27 reps on the bench press at the scouting combine. Look for him to be a rotational player on the Colts' defensive line.
Round 5, No. 138 overall Darius Rush , CB, South Carolina
My take: The Colts went back to the cornerback position for the second straight day after selecting Julius Brents in the second round. The Colts have started the weekend with a severe lack of depth at the position, but have now addressed in a major way. Rush, 6-foot-2 and 198 pounds, is another typical Colts pick with impressive physical traits (4.36 seconds in the 40-yard dash and a wingspan of 79 5/8 inches). He started 43 games at South Carolina and was another Senior Bowl participant who caught the Indianapolis' scouts eye.
Round 5, No. 158 overall (from Minnesota): Daniel Scott , S, California
My take: The Colts appear to be set with their pair of starters at safety ( Julian Blackmon and Rodney Thomas ). They also picked safety Nick Cross in the third round last year. This pick appears to be about increasing depth at the position, while also providing a competitive and willing player to help out on special teams. Scott was a key special-teams contributor at Cal and, on Saturday, said he looks forward to helping in that regard in Indianapolis. "It's one-third of the game," he said. As a safety, Scott could appeal to the Colts as a player who can handle tight-end or slot matchups.
Round 5, No. 162 overall, Will Mallory , TE, Miami
My take: Like the Josh Downs selection in the third round, this is another nod to quarterback Anthony Richardson and the Colts' continued effort to add weapons to the offensive lineup. Mallory didn't always live up to expectations at Miami, but he is definite physical presence who had the fastest 40-yard dash of any tight end at the NFL combine. Whether he can provide the Colts with improved blocking from their tight ends -- which is currently lacking -- remains to be seen. Mallory's grandfather, Bill, was head coach at Indiana from 1984-1996.
Round 5, Nos. 176, Evan Hull , RB, Northwestern
My take: Hull ran for 2,417 yards at Northwestern and proved to be a versatile, well-rounded back who can excel in an offense that targets running backs in the passing game. Hull led all FBS running backs in receptions with 55 in 2022, averaging a career-high 9.9 yards per catch. The Colts' running back unit has room for competition after last season's trade of Nyheim Hines to the Buffalo Bills . Jonathan Taylor and Zack Moss are likely the first and second options, but Hull could compete with Deon Jackson for the third spot. His success, or lack thereof, on special teams could impact that outcome, as Jackson is a key special teams contributor.
Round 6, No. 211: Titus Leo , Edge, Wagner
My take: A former high school receiver and safety, Leo moved to edge rusher at Wagner and blossomed into a viable pass-rusher. He becomes just the second Wagner player to be drafted in the common draft era, following sixth-round pick Greg Senat in 2018. The Colts added undrafted free agent defensive tackle Chris Williams from Wagner in 2020. He has gone on to appear in 13 games in three seasons. The Colts are looking for edge depth and will deploy Leo to compete with their contingent of pass-rushers.
Round 7, No. 221: Jaylon Jones , CB, Texas A&M
My take: The Colts continue stocking up on defensive backs, with Jones becoming the fourth defensive back selected by the team in this draft. That's the most in a single draft for the franchise since 2001, according to ESPN Stats and Information. The Colts allowed a 68% completion rate by opposing quarterbacks in 2022, 31st in the NFL. Jones, like Brents and Rush, is a long prospect at 6-foot-2. Jones was once a five-star recruit from Texas who was ranked the No. 1 safety in the 2020 recruiting class.
Round 7, No. 236 overall (from Tampa Bay): Jake Witt , OT, Northern Michigan
My take: Witt will be a major project for the Colts considering he began his career as a receiver in 8-man football player in Michigan's upper peninsula. After beginning a college basketball career at Michigan Tech, Witt transferred to Northern Michigan and found his way back to football. Witt was a tight end as recently as 2021 and will have a lot of work to do to make the Colts' final roster, but the Colts are selecting him as a developmental prospect they hope can show progress in time.