NFL Draft Grades 2022: Re-grading the Indianapolis Colts draft one year later

Oct 16, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Alec Pierce (14)
Oct 16, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Alec Pierce (14) / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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TE Jelani Woods, Round 3, No. 73

Original grade: A
Current grade: A

Leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft, Jelani Woods was a prospect that got a lot of people excited. His combination of size and athleticism made him intriguing as an offensive weapon. In his rookie season with the Colts, Woods used those tools to excite fans with several big plays.

He played in 15 games and caught 25 passes for 312 yards and three touchdowns. Unfortunately, his playing time was a point of frustration for Indy’s fans. Whenever Woods was on the field and being targeted, he was making plays. He just didn’t get consistent reps or involvement in Indy’s offense.

That should change in year two as Woods becomes more of a staple in the offense.

OT Bernhard Raimann, Round 3, No. 77

Original grade: A+
Current grade: B-

Bernhard Raimann was another prospect that generated a lot of excitement leading up to last year’s draft. Some experts were predicting that he would be drafted as early as the first round. That’s why when Indy landed him in the third round with their third pick of the draft, it was instantly an A+ selection.

Unfortunately, Raimann’s career didn’t start with A+ play. He had to work to get on the field, and eventually became a starter, starting 11 games as a rookie. However, his play wasn’t all that good at first, as he contributed to a really bad Indianapolis offensive line. But, to be fair, Raimann was a rookie, playing one of the toughest positions in football.

Luckily, his play got better throughout the year, and by the end of the season, Raimann was playing a promising level of football. He should be far more improved when he returns for next season.