Grading all 12 picks by the Colts in the 2023 NFL Draft
Colts draft OT Blake Freeland at No. 106: B+
The fourth round arrived and Chris Ballard didn’t slow down. Addressing Indianapolis’ need for an offensive linemen, Indy drafted BYU’s Blake Freeland. Freeland is a 6-foot-8, 302-pound linemen with experience at both right and left tackle. With the way Indy’s offensive line played last season, his addition was very necessary.
The reason Freeland’s grade is only a B+ is because Indy’s biggest offensive line need is at guard, specifically right guard. With NC State guard Chandler Zavala still on the board when Freeland was selected, there’s an argument that Zavala may have better addressed Indy’s needs. Still, Blake Freeland is a really good pick.
Colts draft DT Adetomiwa Adebawore at No. 110: B+
It took until the fourth round, but Chris Ballard wasn’t going to leave the draft without a defensive lineman. With the 110th pick, Indianapolis drafted a guy that could be the steal of the draft: Northwestern defensive tackle Adetomina Adebawore. Adebawore is a 6-foot-2, 282-pound defensive tackle that played four seasons at Northwestern.
In those four seasons, Adebawore played in 36 games and recorded 97 tackles, 24.5 for a loss, and 12.5 sacks. However, his testing was far more impressive than his production, clocking a 4.49 40-yard dash as a 282-pound defensive linemen. He’ll have the opportunity to learn behind DeForest Buckner and Grover Stewart as he tries to put his athleticism on display in the league.