Whether or not the Colts bring back TY Hilton — or sign another veteran on the free agent market — the team cannot be content. Last season, the Indianapolis Colts only had one receiver eclipse the 400-yard mark. This is something that must change if the team is serious about competing in the stacked AFC. Ryan can still make every throw necessary to win football games, you just have to surround him with more talent than he’s had since their Super Bowl run in Atlanta.
Jalen Tolbert is an ideal fit in Indianapolis. He can play opposite Michael Pittman Jr., and gives the team another guy who isn’t afraid to go up and get the ball. The 6’1, 194 pound wide receiver plays much bigger than his frame indicates and his official 4.4 speed proves that he has potential to create after the catch. Two possession receivers and a speedster in the slot would give Matt Ryan plenty of options to choose from.
I was hoping to double up on wide receivers on day two, but the value simply wasn’t there. Coby Bryant is the “other” Cincinnati cornerback in the 2022 NFL Draft. Oftentimes, he is lost in the shuffle because of his former teammate — and projected top-ten pick — Sauce Gardner. This is unfair to Bryant, as he’s been one of the best corners at the collegiate level the last couple seasons.
Bryant surprised some by hitting the 4.5 mark on his 40-yard dash, clocking in a bit faster than anticipated. A lot of the knock on the former Bearcat is from a perceived lack of athleticism. That’s not an assessment that I agree with, however. Bryant is a great fit in a zone-heavy scheme and I have very little concern regarding his ability to stay with receivers in coverage. The third round is a steal for a guy that could work his way into the CB1 role for the Colts by seasons’ end.