Colts go all-in on two key positions in latest 7-round mock draft

The Indianapolis Colts are short on a few positions and they look to build in the draft.

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Brenden Rice . Wide Receiver . 519. Draft Profile . . Brenden Rice . 117 . USC . Brenden Rice . player

The son of legendary receiver Jerry Rice, the 6' 2" receiver has the potential to be another great. The fact that the Colts can get two fantastic receivers within the first 120 picks. Rice transferred to USC in 2022 from Colorado. Rice was used as a kick returner primarily averaging nearly 30 yards on just 19 attempts. Rice then wanted to be used more as a receiver and at USC he shined.

Rice logged 45 catches for just over 600 yards and four touchdowns. During the offseason, Rice began improving on his route running and being a deep threat. On just 45 catches, Rice averaged 17.6 yards per catch and caught a touchdown on 25% of his catches catching a total of 12. Plus he stood out in the Senior Bowl as one of the best players on the field and the Colts could get a dime here in the 4th round.

Rice has excellent strength for his size as well as speed and being shifty. He's very good at knowing when to turn on the speed in the deep third and when to trick the corners.

Another skill he's developed is getting out of the press easily and getting open on the quick slants and the quick in routes. Some weaknesses are he can be pushed out of his routes and unlike MPJ at USC, his routes were defined and his RAC was very low and his week-to-week consistency was a huge question. This being said, in the 4th round he would be a great addition to the Colts.