3 Colts players whose jobs are in danger after the Draft

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Matt Pryor of the Indianapolis Colts is seen during the game against the Houston Texans. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

Bernhard Raimann may challenge Matt Pryor for Colts LT

Following last season, the left tackle position was highlighted as a spot Indy needed to urgently address. Eric Fisher had struggled during his one season with the team and was gone in free agency.

However, Chris Ballard and the team didn’t feel that same urgency. They didn’t go after any free agent tackles or try to make a trade for any big names.

Instead, the Colts re-signed Matt Pryor and Ballard went on “The Pat McAfee Show” to say that Pryor will get the first shot at left tackle. Typically a reserve, Indy was impressed by Pryor in his 2021 appearances.

However, Indianapolis did select a left tackle with its third pick of the Draft. Indy took Bernhard Raimann in the third round after some experts felt he could go as early as the first.

The Colts also would’ve been comfortable taking him early in the second but it ultimately worked out well for them. Now, Raimann will come to Indianapolis and challenge Pryor for the left tackle spot.

The idea is that Raimann can be the left tackle of the future, but if he’s ready to go on day one, there’s no point in making him wait.

He naturally took to the left tackle position after converting from tight end in 2020, and if his transition to the NFL is as smooth, Pryor will have his hands full keeping the starting job.

Ballard said that Pryor will get the first shot, so he has to make the most of it. If he starts to struggle, Indy shouldn’t have a problem looking to the talented rookie.