Here’s where Colts currently stand in the draft order and how that could drastically change in Week 13
Sitting at 4-7-1, the Indianapolis Colts may be turning their attention to the draft. Here’s where they currently stand in the draft order.
Entering the season, many people had Super Bowl expectations for the Indianapolis Colts. Indy wasn’t the favorite to win but the majority of people were predicting that the Colts would at least win the AFC South and make noise in the playoffs with a deep run possible. Now, with just six weeks remaining in the regular season, Indy is a subpar 4-7-1, and fans have focused their attention on the 2023 Draft instead of the Super Bowl.
Could the Colts still make the postseason and actually win a Super Bowl? Technically, yes. Indianapolis isn’t eliminated from contention, and mathematically, Indy can still win the division or get in as a wild card. But we’re not talking mathematically, we’re talking realistically. In reality, the Colts team that played these first 12 games isn’t capable of going on the kind of run they need to make the playoffs.
With that being the case, all eyes turn to the draft for Indianapolis. Where does Indy currently sit in the draft order? Is the position high enough to find Indy’s franchise quarterback of the future or should fans be hoping the Colts lose their final five games? Well, entering Week 13, Indy would have the 14th pick. However, there are a lot of matchups this week that could change the order around.
How high can the Colts get in the 2023 Draft?
As highlighted in the tweet, losing to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday would tie Indianapolis with several other teams for the fifth pick. Obviously, there’s only one fifth pick, so tiebreakers would help determine the order, and since Indy has a draw on their record that means they’ll have a later pick. The only other team in the NFL with a draw is the Houston Texans, who currently have the league’s worst record.
However, just as the Colts aren’t mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, it’s also still possible that they could get the No. 1 overall pick. In order for that to become a reality, Indy can’t really win any more games and struggling teams like Houston and the Chicago Bears have to start winning. Ahead of Week 13, there are two nine-loss teams, six eight-loss teams, and seven, seven-loss teams. That means the top half order of the draft will be a race down the stretch of the season.
Whether your philosophy as a fan is pro-tanking or trying to win every game you can, the truth is the Colts are in the mix for a top pick, and losing over the next six weeks could be beneficial. As Indy has proved already this season, Indianapolis doesn’t even have to throw games to lose. The Colts may be on their way to a top pick whether it’s intentional or not.