WR Michael Pittman Jr. was the team’s first selection in the 2020 NFL Draft. Pittman was highly touted coming out of college and was projected as one of the best receivers behind top prospects Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb. He’s a first-round talent that the Colts were able to capitalize on once he was available at 34th overall.
At 6’4″ and 223 pounds, the USC receiver ran a 4.50 40-yard dash, which is incredibly fast, considering his size. His jump-ball ability and ball-catching skills were among the best at his position and will prove to be great assets in the team’s offense in 2020.
Pittman’s big frame will be a crucial piece in the offense’s success this coming season. Philip Rivers loves to throw down the field, and given that his top two targets in Los Angeles were Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry, it’s obvious that he has a comfort with big receivers and will ultimately be more productive with at least one to throw to. Pittman will be a great fit in Indianapolis; his game is similar to that of Allen’s in regards to his jump-ball ability and his shiftiness in coverage to get open.
2020 Colts Projection:
Being selected this high in general, it’s obvious that Pittman will play a large role in the offense. He’ll likely be lined up opposite of T.Y. Hilton on the outside for Rivers to throw to. In terms of his 2020 production, I can see him shining as the best rookie on the team solely based on Rivers’ comfort and experience with receivers of his makeup.
Pittman, paired with Hilton on the outside, could see Rivers put up one of his most productive seasons of the last few years. Pittman, if all goes well in training camp and can begin to produce from the first couple of weeks of the regular season, could end up having a season similar to Seattle’s D.K. Metcalf‘s rookie season last year.
Rookie Projection: 60 REC, 800 YD, 6 TD