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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Colts, Nick Cross
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S Nick Cross, Round 3, No. 96

Original grade: A
Current grade: B+

The Colts traded back into the third round to select Nick Cross and it was a great selection. His college film was filled with Cross flying around making plays, and that’s exactly what he did when he arrived in Indianapolis. A strong training camp and preseason made Nick Cross the Week 1 starter at safety.

However, after starting the first two games, Cross regressed to the backup as veteran safety Rodney McLeod took over. McLeod provided Indy with a great season that no one expected and Cross just had to sit back and wait. With McLeod now moving on, Cross should be back in the rotation and ready to make plays.

DT Eric Johnson, Round 5, No. 159

Original grade: B-
Current grade: C

Eric Johnson was a great depth selection with promising college film, however, he didn’t play that much in his rookie season with the Colts. But that’s really because Indy had great interior defensive line play with DeForest Buckner and Grover Stewart. The fact that Johnson remained on the roster and even rotated in some is promising.

TE Andrew Ogletree, Round 6, No. 192

Original grade: C
Current grade: B+

This improved grade may be premature since Andrew Ogletree hasn’t played a snap for the Colts yet, but he was having the most impressive training camp of Indy’s rookies before tearing his ACL. Initially, this selection was a bit boggling since Indianapolis had already drafted Jelani Woods, and had Mo Alie-Cox and Kylen Granson on the roster. But Ogletree’s plays in camp made the pick worthwhile.

If Ogletree can return and be as promising as he was last camp, and carry it over into the season, he will be a great pick for Indy.