Colts 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Indy adds offensive weapons
Colts draft OT Tyler Smith in the fourth round
During the offseason, Indianapolis will have to find an answer at the left tackle position. Last year, Indy signed veteran Eric Fisher and that didn’t solve any problems. Indy can once again look to free agency, but the team can also draft a prospect.
In the fourth round, Tyler Smith should be available out of Tulsa. At 6-foot-6 and 332 pounds, Smith blocks with a ferociousness that resembles Quenton Nelson. If Indy can get him in the building, it should, and he could possibly be the answer at left tackle.
Colts draft S Markquese Bell in the fifth round
Safety is a position Indianapolis also needs depth at. Indy will get back Julian Blackmon to pair with Khari Willis, but behind them, the position group is lacking.
Markquese Bell out of Florida A&M could solve that issue for the Colts. Bell is a rangy, hard-hitting safety that could provide Indy with depth and develop into an impactful contributor.
At 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, Bell has great size for his position but will likely be available in the middle rounds where Indy can select him.
Colts draft RB Hassan Haskins in the fifth round
Why would Indy draft a running back when Jonathan Taylor is already on the roster? That’s a fair question, but the answer is because Hassan Haskins is good and Taylor can’t carry the ball every play.
As nice as it is to watch Taylor carry Indianapolis to victories, it’s probably better if he shares the load. This season, Taylor had 332 attempts and Carson Wentz had the second-most on the team with 57.
Haskins provides the Colts with a valuable option to give Taylor a rest while allowing Nyheim Hines to continue being a weapon in the passing game.