3 reasons the 2023 Draft class can immediately make Colts competitive

2023 NFL Draft - Round 1
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1. Touch-Downs

Adding another young offensive weapon for Richardson was definitely on the Colts' find when they selected Josh Downs in the third round. Although he is an a-typical receiver for Ballard, 5-foot-9 and 171 pounds, he could step in and be the team's starting slot receiver. Which they desperately need. Plus he had Reggie Wayne's seal of approval.

Because of his size Downs played in the slot for the Tar Heels and will likely do so for the Colts. However, he thrived in this role posting over 1,000 yards in his past two seasons recording almost 100 receptions in each season. He scored eight and 11 touchdowns respectively in those seasons. This pairing could be a match made in heaven as Downs excelled at short, inside routes. He averaged only 13.2 and 10.9 yards per reception in those two seasons as well.

What is sometimes the best development for a young quarterback is to let him build chemistery and rhythm with quick, short throws. Downs could be the biggest target for Richardson in this regard as he is used to this type of work. When it comes down to stretching the field Downs has also flashed there. With Richardson's arm strength it's hard to fight the urge to do that.

Downs' ability to stay on the field and be a reliable target for Richardson will be crucial to the Colts' success in 2023. Someone else needs to take the pressure off Michael Pittman Jr and Alec Pierce didn't quite rise to that level last season. Now pair those two with Downs and an emerging tight end room with Jelani Woods at the forefront and Indianapolis could be a little dangerous in 2023.