The Indianapolis Colts left the 2022 NFL Draft satisfied with their eight picks but how are experts around the league grading Indy’s selections?
The Indianapolis Colts and their fans seem to be pretty pleased with the way the 2022 NFL Draft unfolded. Indy addressed the top positions of need, receiver, tight end, and left tackle, and the team also built depth.
As of now, it seems to be a good Draft for the Colts. However, that answer will officially come once the season starts and the young players’ careers develop over the next few years.
Although the reality is it takes time to truly know how good a class is, experts’ opinions don’t wait. Immediately following the Draft, many analysts begin dissecting the picks of each team and handing out grades. What did these analysts think of Indy’s draft outcome?
What grade did experts give the Colts for the Draft?
Overall, experts were pretty impressed by Indianapolis’ draft. Analysts felt Indy had clear needs entering the three-day event and they believe Indianapolis adequately addressed those needs. Between five different sites, Indy had an average grade of B. Let’s look at how each site graded Indy.
Bleacher Report gave Indianapolis an A, saying that Indy effectively built up the offense around Matt Ryan even though the team didn’t have a first-round pick.
On NFL.com, the Colts were given a C. However, it didn’t have much to do with their actual actions during the draft weekend. Indy was penalized for losing its first-round pick in the Carson Wentz trade but recovered well with great work on days two and three.
PFF gave Indy a B+. They were high on all of the selections but felt that Indianapolis should’ve taken Skyy Moore over Alec Pierce.
FanSided believes the Colts had a B draft and argued that not having a first-round selection hurt Indy but it was able to get lucky and land Bernhard Raimann in the third round.
ESPN gave Indianapolis a B, saying Chris Ballard crushed Day 2. However, the decision to not draft a quarterback with an aging Matt Ryan was questioned.
Overall, everyone believes the Colts had a great performance in the 2022 Draft, and now the pressure shifts from the front office to the players. It’s now their turn to develop and deliver.