Colts 3 best moves of the 2023 offseason

Shane Steichen, center, poses for photos with Colts Owner and CEO Jim Irsay, left, and General
Shane Steichen, center, poses for photos with Colts Owner and CEO Jim Irsay, left, and General / Kelly Wilkinson/IndyStar / USA TODAY
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The Indianapolis Colts have had an eventful 2023 offseason filled with additions. Here are the three best moves that Indy made this offseason.

After an underwhelming 4-12-1 season in 2022, the Indianapolis Colts needed to make a lot of moves this offseason, and that’s what they did. Indy didn’t have an explosive offseason, but it was a productive one. From hiring a coach, to drafting a quarterback, to signing veterans, the Colts made several moves to brighten their outlook.

What were the best moves, though? Between the 12 draft picks, 15 undrafted free agency signings, staff changes, and veteran acquisitions, what were the best moves? Let’s take a look at the top three.

3. Drafting Josh Downs in the third round

Selecting Josh Downs in the third round of the 2023 NFL Draft was one of the best moves for Indianapolis this offseason. For starters, it was a great value pick. Many people believe that Downs is the best receiver in this class, including Colts wide receivers coach Reggie Wayne. After unsuccessfully attempting to trade up for Downs, Indy was able to get him at No. 79.

Besides the value of the pick, Downs should be a great addition to an Indianapolis offense that’s trying to turn things around. The top two receivers for the Colts are Alec Pierce and Michael Pittman Jr. Both Pittman and Pierce are taller possession receivers that excel at making contested catches down the field.

Downs, a speedy 5-foot-9 receiver, will bring a different style of play to the wide receiver room. With Parris Campbell now with the New York Giants, Indy needed to add to this room. Downs provides more upside to the Colts than veteran receiver Isaiah McKenzie that Indy signed this offseason.