What are the Colts’ remaining needs after 2023 NFL draft?
The Indianapolis Colts addressed nearly every possible need during the 2023 NFL draft, which will happen when a team has 12 selections.
The starting lineup and depth chart are pretty stable outside of a few spots, and it’s likely the training camp competitions will give us a more clear picture at certain positions.
The Colts will continue to look for talent across the roster so it wouldn’t be a surprise if they added a veteran or two leading into training camp.
Here’s a quick look at the top remaining needs for the Colts following the draft:
Interior Offensive Line
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The Colts haven’t added much competition for the starting right guard spot outside of signing undrafted rookies Emil Ekiyor and Harris Lachance. There’s a chance they add a veteran like Gabe Jackson or they simply could roll with Will Fries, who made some strides down the stretch of the season. Regardless, this could be a big position of need entering the 2024 offseason.
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This one all centers around the health of Shaquille Leonard. If The Maniac is ready around the start of the season, then this position may not be as big of a need. But his recovery timeline is a mystery right now and if he’s going to miss a significant portion of the season, the middle of the defense will be a bit more of a question mark.
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Yes, the Colts added fourth-rounder Blake Freeland in the draft. That was a good move, and he could compete for the swing tackle role immediately. However, the two other offensive tackles in the room (Jordan Murray, Carter O’Donnell) haven’t seen a snap in an NFL game. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Colts added a veteran option to compete for a backup role in the room leading into training camp.