Following the draft, the Colts should have their eyes on this veteran free agent

Nov 1, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos offensive guard Dalton Risner (66) in the fourth
Nov 1, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos offensive guard Dalton Risner (66) in the fourth / Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Now that the NFL Draft is over, the Indianapolis Colts can turn their attention to veteran free agents. There’s a veteran lineman that would be great for Indy.

The Indianapolis Colts put together another solid class in the 2023 NFL Draft. Headlined by dynamic quarterback Anthony Richardson, Indy was able to address several needs. The team addressed the thin cornerback room by adding Julius Brents in the second round, Darius Rush in the fifth, and Jaylon Jones in the seventh. Indy also added wide receiver Josh Downs in the third.

With 12 overall picks, Indianapolis added depth at offensive tackle, safety, tight end, and along the defensive line. However, the Colts are by no means a perfect roster now. There are still things that need to be addressed, and the answer could be in the undrafted free agents that Indy signed.

The Colts could also look to the veteran free agent market to address their remaining needs. There are several starting-caliber players still unsigned, and the interest in these players will likely pick back up now that the draft is over. One of the best remaining names is veteran guard Dalton Risner, and he makes a ton of sense for Indianapolis.

Colts should be pursuing free agent guard Dalton Risner

Right guard is one of Indy’s biggest needs, however, the team didn’t select a guard in the draft. Indianapolis drafted two offensive tackles, but no guards. Immediately after the draft, though, the Colts signed undrafted free agent Emil Ekiyor Jr., who played guard for Alabama. Still, Indy could benefit from adding another veteran guard like Risner.

Dalton Risner has been in the NFL since being drafted by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the 2019 Draft. Playing all of his first four years with the Broncos, Risner was a day-one starter, and has started all 62 games that he’s played in the NFL with Denver.

Risner isn’t a Pro Bowl lineman or anything, but he is a reliable veteran that would be an upgrade for the Colts. As Indianapolis works to improve the offensive line, the team should be giving Dalton Risner a call for help.

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