Colts 7-round 2023 NFL mock draft 4.0: Post free-agency fixes
After filling some holes in the first part of free agency the Indianapolis Colts will look to the 2023 NFL Draft to fill out the rest of their roster.
The Indianapolis Colts, led by current general manager Chris Ballard, were a little more active than usual during the opening of the NFL's free agency period signing five outside free agents during the opening days. The Colts first signed kicker Matt Gay to a four-year $22.5 million contract completing the largest free agency signing of any kicker in NFL history.
Indianapolis followed that up with a few more equitable signings, agreeing to terms with former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Gardner Minshew on a one-year $3.5 million deal. Ballard was also able to land some help on the defensive line in former San Francisco 49er Samson Ebukam and former Cleveland Brown Taven Bryan. Recently the Colts dipped into the wide receiver market, signing former Buffalo Bill Isaiah McKenzie.
While these signings added some depth and filled some holes, Indy brought back a few of their own. On the defensive end, the team retained Tyquan Lewis, EJ Speed, and Tony Brown. On the offensive side, they retained Carter O'Donnell and Ashton Dulin. During this time the team released Matt Ryan, traded Stephon Gilmore to the Dallas Cowboys, and had Parris Campbell and Bobby Okereke sign with the New York Giants. The Las Vegas Raiders also did the team a favor by taking back Brandon Facyson.
The Indianapolis Colts are going to at least explore the idea of a quarterback in this draft and why not. There are at least three or four guys that should be taken early in the draft, with the potential to have three go in the first four picks and potentially all four in the first five picks. Nevertheless, Ballard and the Colts will at least explore this option.
However, there are plenty of more holes and depth pieces to fill on the roster. The team is not thin in the cornerback room with Gilmore out and Kenny Moore II having a contract dispute or uncertain future with the team. There is also a hole vacated by Okereke leaving which may be filled by a combination of EJ Speed and depth on the roster. Then there is the receiving room which has been a topic of discussion for what feels like the last few seasons. Campbell leaving doesn't help that any either especially after having the first productive season of his career last year.
Let's look through another seven-round mock draft after some initial free agency signings to see what Indianapolis may do on draft night.