Colts already considered a fit for a top 2024 Draft prospect

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Although the 2024 NFL Draft is just under a year away, the Indianapolis Colts are already considered as a perfect fit for one of the top prospects.

The 2023 NFL Draft was just a month ago. Currently, NFL teams are in OTAs. With an entire season to be played, it’s unclear what exactly teams will need by next year’s draft, and where they’ll be drafting, however, that doesn’t mean that draft analysts aren’t already thinking about the 2024 NFL Draft. From way-too-early mocks to projecting the draft order, the discourse for next year’s draft has already started.

Brent Sobleski jumped in on that discourse with a recent piece for Bleacher Report. Sobleski looked at the best potential fits for the most needy teams in the 2024 Draft. Unfortunately, the Indianapolis Colts were one of the teams listed as needy. The prospect that Sobleski believes is a great fit for Indianapolis is Penn State offensive tackle Olumuyiwa Fashanu.

2024 Draft prospect Olumuyiwa Fashanu named as a fit for Colts

Sobleski knows what Indy’s fans really want. Unfortunately, Sobleski believes the Colts won’t be bad enough to draft Marvin Harrison Jr. So instead of drafting a weapon for Indy’s young QB, Indianapolis will probably select someone that can protect Anthony Richardson. Olumuyiwa Fashanu could be that someone.

The 2024 Draft has multiple intriguing tackle prospects, and Sobleski admits that Indy could also go with Notre Dame’s Joe Alt or Alabama’s JC Latham. However, Fashanu gets the edge because at 6-foot-6, 323 pounds, Fashanu is the kind of “prospect with high-end physical traits” that general manager Chris Ballard loves.

However, as promising as all three of these prospects are, Sobleski explained that their chances of landing with the Colts solely depends on second-year tackle Bernhard Raimann. Raimann overcame early struggles to finish his rookie season strong. If he can continue to improve, the Colts won’t be thinking about drafting an offensive tackle, at least not a left tackle.