Grading the Colts 2023 NFL Draft class after their rookie season

The 2023 NFL season is done for the Indianapolis Colts. How did Indy’s most recent draft class perform as rookies?

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Jaylon Jones: A

When you win the battle against a player who was picked two rounds before you, you must have done something right. Jaylon Jones is that player who was put into this lineup over Darius Rush, and as a seventh-round selection, he has made a great impact for this team. With the suspension of Isaiah Rodgers Sr., this team was going to need a young corner to step up, so this put a lot of pressure on JuJu Brents as a high draft selection, but also Jones who was fighting just to make the 53-man roster.

His play was up there with Kenny Moore II, and Dallis Flowers as solid corners at this level, so the potential is through the roof for this secondary. Jones came out of Texas A&M with little expectations given his draft selection and being more of a project type of prospect, but he has been anything but that.

While he has not been the shutdown corner that some of these other talents provided, for where the Colts got Jones he has done what has been needed. This secondary was just decimated by injuries all season long, so for Jones to come in, contribute, and be the complete opposite of a liability, is a great get by Chris Ballard to make sure this position group did not go into full chaos.