The Colts needed a big-bodied receiver to pair with T.Y. Hilton, and now they have one. They got themselves a good one with the 34th overall pick.
The biggest hole left to fill this offseason for the Colts was wide receiver. They didn’t have a big body that could be a red-zone threat or win jump balls. They tried to have that with Devin Funchess last season, but that didn’t work out. Now they have that player.
Michael Pittman Jr. is the first Colts selection in the 2020 NFL Draft. Pittman is large at 6’4 223. He isn’t the fastest guy in the world, but he uses his body well and has solid hands. He had to catch passes from three different quarterbacks last season at USC too.
Expect Pittman to be immediately involved in the Colts’ gameplan on offense. Philip Rivers loves throwing the ball deep and having a big receiver who can win jump balls will help the offense immensely. Having Pittman, Hilton, and Parris Campbell as receivers gives this team some firepower in the passing game.
One thing Pittman does need to improve his route-running. He doesn’t get out of his cuts as well as he should and that can lead him to struggle to get open. That can be improved by coaching though and his sure hands are something this team needs very much.
This is a great first pick by the Colts. Their pick was in so fast after the Bengals made their pick that this is clearly their guy. Pittman is someone they had their eye on from the start, and Colts fans should be happy to have him.