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Rarely do teams fully address every need in the draft and even if they do, there are still some spots that could use improvement. The Colts did a solid job adding depth and upside to their roster throughout the draft, especially at some key positions like wide receiver and offensive tackle.
But roster construction is a year-round occupation and there are still some big names available. It will also help when they bring in a large number of undrafted rookies onto the roster to compete throughout the spring and summer.
Following the 2022 NFL draft, here’s a look at the team’s remaining needs:
Interior Offensive Line
The Colts used the No. 77 overall pick on offensive tackle Bernhard Raimann and they reportedly gave Ryan Van Demark a large signing bonus as an undrafted rookie free agent. This should provide some solid competition on the edges during OTAs and training camp.
But there are still some pretty big questions when it comes to the interior. The Colts don’t have a backup for center Ryan Kelly with Danny Pinter moving to the starting right guard spot. They could also use some depth behind left guard Quenton Nelson.
If either Raimann or Van Demark wins the starting left tackle job—the favorite would be the former here—it would be expected that veteran Matt Pryor would move toward a depth role on the interior.
There is still time to make additions to this area of the roster, but the depth is pretty thin right now.
Chris Ballard knows they can never have too many productive edge rushers. The interior defensive line appears relatively set, especially with the additions of Eric Johnson and Curtis Brooks via the draft.
The outlook on the edge rushers is much more positive after trading for Yannick Ngakoue. The tandem with Kwity Paye provides plenty of excitement, especially if we get to see an improved version of Dayo Odeyingbo and Tyquan Lewis.
The addition of the LEO position to the defense under Gus Bradley also make for an intriguing storyline for former second-round pick Ben Banogu, who enters a contract year.
But it might help the unit as a whole if the Colts added an edge rusher like Jerry Hughes to provide some depth and competition as a sub-package rusher.
This is a need for two-thirds of the NFL, and it is certainly more of a long-term need. The Colts are set with Matt Ryan as the starter for at least the next two seasons and potentially more. But finding that long-term option is still at the forefront of the team needs.
There’s not much Chris Ballard and Co. can do about it right now. The focus is getting the roster ready for 2022 and there aren’t options truly available right now to find the franchise player.
But even with Ryan under center for at least the next two seasons, the Colts still need to find their quarterback of the future because he’s not currently on the roster.