Colts 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Indy makes moves in free agency
Colts searching for another EDGE rusher
The defense in Indy is going to look different this season. There might not be a lot of new starting faces, but rotational players and the style of play will change.
After receiving the 83rd pick as part of the trade back with the Eagles, the Colts select Josh Paschal from Kentucky.
With the new defensive coordinator, Gus Bradley, a LEO is going to be an important aspect of how this team plays.
Ballard has so far missed many prospects at the EDGE position. During his time in Indy, he has drafted Tarell Basham, Kemoko Turay, Tyquan Lewis, Ben Banogu, Kwity Paye, and Dayo Odeyingbo. No stars in the lineup.
Josh might not be the EDGE rusher of the future and he could end up being another name on the list of draft picks that were misses. However, drafting an EDGE rusher in the first three rounds is what the Colts do. Since 2017, Indy has drafted an EDGE in the first three rounds in all but the 2020 draft.
The Colts’ draft motto under Ballard is similar to throwing a dart at a dartboard and hoping eventually you hit the bullseye.
Depth is necessary for the secondary
One thing that we learned from 2021 is that safety depth is non-existent on the Colts roster. Outside of Julian Blackmon and Khari Willis, there is not a lot of talent. When those two are down, it hurts even more.
Insert Bryan Cook, the safety for the Bearcats. Cook was often lined as a one-high safety, split zones, in the box, and from the slot position making him a versatile player for any defense. This gives the Colts secondary extra depth in other areas.
His play shined in 2021, after sitting behind a safety duo that was dominant the year before. Waiting for his turn shouldn’t be an issue on the Colts.
Cook has the ability to be a key player in a rotational aspect and could find himself moving up a young secondary depth chart rather easily.