Grading all 12 picks by the Colts in the 2023 NFL Draft

2023 NFL Draft - Round 1
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Colts, Darius Rush
Nov 5, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive back Darius Rush (28) / Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Colts draft CB Darius Rush at No. 138: A

Darius Rush is another great selection for Indianapolis. Even after taking Julius Brents in the second round, Rush still makes a lot of sense because cornerback depth is important. Additionally, the Colts were able to get Rush much later than people thought he would be drafted.

Another ideal cornerback for Indianapolis’ defense at 6-foot-2, 198 pounds. He’s coming from the talented South Carolina secondary, and will have a chance to be a contributor for Indy as a rookie.

Colts, Daniel Scott
Nov 19, 2022; Berkeley, California, USA; California Golden Bears safety Daniel Scott (32) intercepts / Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Colts draft S Daniel Scott at No. 158: C

Daniel Scott is a talented safety from Cal, and is expected to be a big impact player on special teams immediately. That’s likely why Indy drafted Scott; the Colts take pride in their special teams. However, this grade is only a C because of Indy’s safety depth.

Indianapolis has Julian Blackmon, Rodney Thomas II, and Nick Cross at safety. All three are young and have been very promising early in their career. With other needs still unaddressed, the selection of Daniel Scott was surprising.

Colts, Will Mallory
Nov 12, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Miami Hurricanes tight end Will Mallory (85) catches a pass for / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Colts draft TE Will Mallory at No. 162: C

The drafting of Will Mallory is graded a C for the same reason. Mallory is a 6-foot-5, 239-pound tight end, that helped make this one of the deepest tight end classes in recent memory. However, the Colts already have Mo Alie-Cox, Jelani Woods, Kylen Granson, and Andrew Ogletree. It seems like this pick could’ve been used differently.

Regardless, Mallory will now be thrown into this deep room and has a chance to be in the mix. In five years at Miami, Mallory caught 115 passes for 1,544 yards and 14 touchdowns.