With Eric Ebron being shown the door in Indy, what will the Colts do to address the tight end position moving forward?
Eric Ebron had one really good year with the Colts and one really bad one. Now he will walk into free agency and the team doesn’t want him back. That leaves the Colts with one solid tight end in Pro Bowler Jack Doyle. Behind him, it gets concerning on the depth chart.
Right now, it’s Mo Alie-Cox who is slated as the second tight end. Then Ross Travis would be the third tight end. That doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence based on both of their prior play. Alie-Cox has greatly improved his blocking, but still isn’t good enough to command a ton of playing time.
That leaves a hole that needs to be filled. Jacoby Brissett loves using his tight ends in the passing game. Because of that, they need to get someone who is primarily a receiver in that position. They can do that either in free agency or via the draft. Right now, the draft isn’t a bad idea.
There aren’t any top level tight ends in this year’s draft class, so the Colts would likely be able to get one in the second or third round who can develop. Brissett just needs weapons that he can utilize so he can be better than he was a year ago.
The Colts could take Cole Kmet out of Notre Dame to help with that. He is a big physical target that would be nice to have in the red zone. They would likely be able to snag him in the third round too. If he does fall that far, it would be a great value pick.
Either way, the Colts must do something about the tight end opposite Doyle. Someone needs to step up and deliver.