The Indianapolis colts are learning a lot about tight ends in the 2022 Draft class like SMU’s Grant Calcaterra.
After the retirement of Jack Doyle, the Indianapolis Colts haven’t done much to rebuild their tight end group. Indy did re-sign Mo Alie-Cox to a three-year deal, but they didn’t land any of the many free-agent tight ends.
Just like the receiver position, Indianapolis appears set on addressing the tight end position in the upcoming NFL Draft. Indy has already been linked to several tight-end prospects through meetings and private workouts.
One tight end that Indy has reportedly been in contact with is Grant Calcaterra out of SMU. Justin Melo, of The Draft Network, reported that the Colts have consistently spoken with Calcaterra.
Colts building relationship with tight end Grant Calcaterra
Coincidentally, Calcaterra is coming from SMU, the same school that Indy drafted tight end Kylen Granson from last year. However, Granson and Calcaterra never played together.
Calcaterra started his career at Oklahoma before retiring in 2019 after suffering multiple concussions. He walked away from football for the entire year of 2020 and was set to pursue a career as a firefighter.
At the eleventh hour, Calcaterra decided not to start his job as an EMT and instead returned to college football. He eventually joined SMU to finish his career.
On the field, Calcaterra is a 6-foot-4, 241 pound-tight end that has contributed since his freshman year in college. In 20 games at Oklahoma, Calcaterra caught 41 passes for 637 yards and nine touchdowns.
In his final season with SMU, Calcaterra caught 38 passes for 465 yards and four touchdowns. He displayed good athleticism and was a serious receiving threat during his time in college.
Calcaterra also ran a 4.62 40-yard dash and his talent probably isn’t a concern for teams like the Colts. However, teams will likely question Calcaterra’s concussion history.
He returned to the game and is committed to continuing his career so it will be up to the teams to decide if they’re willing to gamble on Calcaterra.
A team like the Colts that is light at the tight end position can use another receiving threat. Hopefully, during their consistent communication, Indy can figure out if Calcaterra is the tight end to go after.