Round 4, Pick 122: Jalyn Armour-Davis, CB, Alabama
Jalyn Armour-Davis continues to fly under the radar in a number of mock drafts. He only has one year of starting on tape, but that tape came at Alabama, so it is surprising that more people haven’t taken notice. JAD was the best cornerback on the roster for the Crimson Tide in 2021, and could be regularly found shutting down other teams’ top receivers. He is the type of guy that lives for one-on-one matchups on an island, and as backed up by his 4.39 40-yard dash, he has the physical makeup to back up the confidence. It is not often that you can get a player the caliber of Armour-Davis this late in the draft, especially with the Alabama mystique surrounding him. For a team that desperately needs more youth on the boundary, you couldn’t draw it up much better at pick 122.
Round 5, Pick 159: Jake Ferguson, TE, Wisconsin
Long-time tight end Jack Doyle decided to hang it up this offseason, leaving the recently retained Mo Allie-Cox and 2021 fourth-round pick Kylen Granson as the only players worth mentioning rostered at the position. Even if we project Granson to take a major step in his second season, it is important that the Colts don’t become content betting on that outcome.
Jake Ferguson out of Wisconsin is a multi-faceted tight end, grading out as a solid blocker and pass catcher. He is a Big Ten guy, and Chris Ballard is a Wisconsin graduate, so that just further supports his fit with the roster. Ferguson never finished with less than 30 receptions in any single season with the Badgers, setting a career high with 46 catches in 2021. Allie-Cox, Granson, and Ferguson would solve the tight end position going forward.
Round 5, Pick 179: Danny Gray, WR, SMU
Danny Gray is one of the fastest players in the entire 2022 NFL Draft. The former SMU Mustang started ten games in 2021, en route to a team-leading 803 receiving yards. He turned this success into an invite to Mobile, Alabama for the Senior Bowl. Over the course of the week, Gray showed off his jaw-dropping top gear. He clocked a top speed of 22.01 miles per hour, a time that went unmatched by all but a few in attendance. Whether or not TY Hilton is brought back for another season in the Blue and White, Gray is the perfect guy to fill his shoes, or spend a season learning behind the veteran. Along with Alec Pierce and Jake Ferguson, the weapons would finally be at a level that Indianapolis Colts fans can be excited about.
Round 6, Pick 216: Andrew Stueber, OL, Michigan
Andrew Stueber is another Big Ten guy, but there’s more to it than just that. He has legitimate positional versatility, as I believe he can be a serviceable backup/spot starter at tackle, guard, and center. It is assumed that Danny Pinter will take over duties at right guard following the departures of both Mark Glowinski (Giants) and Chris Reed (Vikings). Pinter is solid and should do fine starting, but he is still unproven over the course of 17 games, so bringing in a guy like Stueber not only gives competition at right guard, it gives increased insurance at every spot on the offensive line. This is the epitome of a no-risk move, something you love to hear in the sixth round.
Round 7, Pick 239: Micah McFadden, LB, Indiana
Let’s wrap it up with a hometown player. Linebacker is not a pressing need, considering Darius Leonard and Bobby Okereke chew up most of the snaps. Zaire Franklin was recently re-signed, ensuring that there is a high quality backup behind the two. Still, Leonard and Okereke both have faced injury issues in the league so extra bodies are necessary. Former Indiana Hoosier, Micah McFadden, was the leader of the defensive unit during his time in Bloomington. He not only led on the field, he was the vocal leader for the locker room and a team captain. McFadden is a better athlete than given credit for, and is the perfect way to round out this draft class.