Colts Mock Draft: 5 potential first-round targets for Indianapolis
By Jerry Trotta
1. Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
The Colts sure picked a good year to have a glaring need at left tackle, because the 2022 class is loaded with elite prospects. Make no mistake, if Indy winds up with a first-round pick, LT is the only position it should be used on.
The Colts signed Eric Fisher to a one-year deal with the hope that he could be extended if he proved himself following Achilles surgery. That’s been anything but the case, as Fisher has allowed four sacks, seven QB hits, and 21 total pressures on the season.
Charles Cross comes to mind as a potential solution for the Colts. The Mississippi State star has absolutely dominated his latest matchups against Alabama and Texas A&M and he’s a menace in pass production. He’s allowed seven pressures on the season and hasn’t conceded a sack over his last 70 pass-blocking snaps.
Charles Cross could protect Colts QB Carson Wentz at left tackle.
Like the majority of first-round prospects, Cross isn’t a finished product. He can be exploited against nimble rushers and he doesn’t have a ton of experience as a run-blocker. Having said that, the young tackle would be a huge upgrade to Fisher.
Drafting Cross would also be a cost-effective option, as it would allow Indy to spend more cap space on other positions of need. Who says no?