Early Colts 53-man roster prediction following the 2023 NFL Draft

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With the 2023 NFL Draft over, what might the Indianapolis Colts roster look like in a few months when the season starts? Here’s a 53-man roster prediction.

The Indianapolis Colts brought a total of 27 new players via the NFL Draft and undrafted free agent signings. That is an unprecedented number of rookies that will be competing for a spot on the 53-man roster. After Nick Foles was cut late last week, the Colts now have one of the youngest rosters in the NFL with their oldest player being Luke Rhodes (30).

What could the roster look like with so many rookies? Could Indy see younger players taking a larger role in 2023? If so, Colts fans should probably temper their expectations on this season because it may take some time to get experience for this young roster.

Let’s take a look at what the Week 1 53-man roster could look like for Indianapolis.

Apr 27, 2023; Kansas City, MO, USA;  Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson on stage after being
Apr 27, 2023; Kansas City, MO, USA; Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson on stage after being / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Quarterbacks (2)

• Anthony Richardson (R)
• Gardner Minshew

The Colts will likely play Gardner Minshew during parts of this season, but the goal should be to have Anthony Richardson play as much as possible to gain that experience during a low-expectation season.

A dark horse to the quarterback room is still Sam Ehlinger, who could wind up being QB3 through the season until the Colts get Anthony Richardson into a more perminent role. Should Sam end up on the final roster, it won't be long-lived. The Colts have made it very clear that Anthony Richardson is the future of the organization, which leaves very little room for Ehlinger to remain on the team.

After getting starting experience, he could provide serviceable backup experience elsewhere in the league. That is, unless the Colts like him more than Minshew.

Cut: Sam Ehlinger