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Colts urged to pay attention to 2025 NFL Draft play

By meerna Jul11,2024
Colts urged to pay attention to 2025 NFL Draft play

It’s never too early to start thinking about the future, right?

When it comes to the Indianapolis Colts, I have a hard time thinking of anything But the future here and now, both short term and long term.

What will Anthony Richardson look like in camp? Will he rebound from his lost rookie season and establish himself as a franchise quarterback? Will the defense rebuild?

Above Focus on professional footballThey’re also looking to the future, as NFL Draft analyst Trevor Sikkema recently named one offensive player that each of the 32 NFL teams should watch ahead of next year’s 2025 NFL Draft.

It’s fair to say that the most ridiculed Colts player in April’s draft was Georgia tight end Brock Bowers, who was selected by the Las Vegas Raiders before the Colts even started playing. But Sikkema believes Richardson and the Colts offense will have a chance at another impactful tight end in 2025 in Notre Dame’s Mitchell Evans:

The Colts’ offensive line rebounded in 2023, finishing the season with a 74.0 unit rating after posting a 68.4 rating the previous year. They also added Adonai Mitchell to their receiver room to round out Michael Pittman Jr. AND Josh Downs.

Indianapolis’ next offensive addition should be the tight end position. Notre Dame’s Mitchell Evans will look to continue the long line of NFL tight ends the program has produced, and while he doesn’t appear to be as athletic as Michael Mayer Or Cole Kmethe’s close and makes impressive, contested interceptions through the middle as a reliable first-pass option.

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The Colts don’t have many holes right now. They know they’re young at cornerback, but they’ve been solid in their defense of the group. Safety is the biggest question mark on the roster, but it’s not necessarily the best position. Tight end could be a Colts need before the 2025 season, which is surprising given the young talent on the roster.

Jelani Woods showed flashes of being a starting quarterback as a rookie in 2022 but missed all of 2023 with a hamstring injury. Drew Ogletree is another talented big-framed athlete, but he struggled with injuries and missed the second half of last year with an off-field issue. Will Mallory showed the makings of a reliable starting quarterback last year as a rookie but is still an unknown quantity, and Kylen Granson and Mo Alie-Cox are a pair of great veterans who may have already reached their potential and are poised to hit free agency after the season.

Still, if the young core of Woods, Ogletree and Mallory doesn’t live up to expectations in 2024, it would open the door for a player like Evans.

Evans (6’5”, 260, 21 years old) started 14 of 29 games in three seasons for the Fighting Irish, missing the first six games of 2022 (a foot fracture) and the last four of 2023 (a torn left ACL), but ultimately catching 34 passes for 482 yards (14.2 average) and two touchdowns. Evans quietly came “out of nowhere” to outside observers to become Notre Dame’s top quarterback before a disappointing season-ending injury.

The Colts haven’t had many long-term examples of solid tight end play in recent years. Dallas Clark left more than a dozen years ago, Jack Doyle was reliable but not a star, and Eric Ebron’s incredible 2018 campaign didn’t amount to much more than a blip.

Could a player like Evans write a new chapter?

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