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

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Kylen Granson
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Tight Ends (4)

• Kylen Granson
• Jelani Woods
• Will Mallory (R)
• Andrew Ogletree

Indianapolis has drafted three tight ends in two years after Jack Doyle has retired, even with Mo Alie-Cox being on the roster. Mo has not been able to keep up to the standard of play that the Colts would like to see out of the big-man tight end and could be a cap-saving cut at the end of camp. Cutting Alie-Cox would save the Colts $2.92 million against the cap, but would still eat $2.39 million in dead cap this season.

As for the rest, Kylen Granson is going to have to have the largest offseason of his career to prove that he is the starting tight end in this group. Jelani Woods is the exciting tight end in the group that Colts fans would like to see more heavily involved in the passing game. With Richardson, that could very well happen. At the combine, Richardson's throws were a little higher, and that would hit Jelani right in the chest.

Will Mallory is the rookie coming in that could make a difference in the blocking game, something the Colts have been missing since the retirement of Jack Doyle.

Andrew Ogletree gets a chance to stay healthy during camp and hopefully can remain useful on this offense. This is one of the tallest units in the NFL and if Shane Steichen can scheme up this position group, it's going to be hard for defenses to keep up. Especially with the receivers the Colts have now.

Cut: Mo Alie-Cox, Pharaoh Brown