The Indianapolis Colts will have to hope some prospects make it out of the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft so Indy could have a chance at drafting them.
After many pro days, visits, and mock drafts, the 2022 NFL Draft is finally here. The first round will get underway Thursday, April 28, and the rest of the rounds will be conducted over the course of Friday and Saturday.
The Indianapolis Colts don’t have a first-round pick, so they won’t be joining the party until Friday. However, Indianapolis will be locked in on the first round to see what players are taken off the board.
Indy has needs at several positions and the Colts have been linked to a few prospects that are fringe first-rounders. That means there are some players that could sneak into the first round or they could be available at No. 42.
Indianapolis is probably hoping that these players are available once Indy gets on the clock so it can have its pick of talented prospects. Here are 3 players the Colts should be hoping makes it through the first round.
Colts should hope Trey McBride is available after the first round
Trey McBride is the top tight end in the draft class and Indy has made it clear that it’s interested in tight ends. Why not hope that the best one is available?
McBride played his college football at Colorado State. He finished with 164 receptions for 2,100 yards and 10 touchdowns. His career was finalized with a senior season where he caught 90 passes for 1,121 yards.
Although McBride is the top tight end, he’s not a lock for the first round. He isn’t a priority pick like Kyle Pitts was last season but it’s possible he goes late in the first round or in the second.
If Indianapolis wants to select a tight end with its first pick, McBride would be a good option. Even if the Colts don’t want to take McBride, him being available in the second round would give Indy a greater chance to land a quality tight end in the later rounds.