Round 2, No. 35: O’Cyrus Torrence, OL, Florida
If one Florida Gator is great, how about two Florida Gators? O’Cyrus Torrence is a force to be reckoned with from the interior. He is a bulldozer in the run game and presents one of the strong anchors in pass protection this draft cycle.
The Colts have a substantial need at right guard as the roster currently sits. Assuming Bernhard Raimann gets a chance to hold left tackle down, Indy will look to a turnstile of unproven options at guard — unless it is addressed at the 2023 NFL Draft.
O’Cyrus Torrence is worth the pick if available early on day two. His chemistry with Anthony Richardson is invaluable, as one way to get the young quarterback comfortable is by surrounding him with players he can trust. Torrence did not allow a single sack or quarterback hit in 2022.
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Round 2, No. 62 (via PHI): Julius Brents, CB, Kansas State
Indy sees a perfect fit for the defense falling on day two and makes a shroud move to climb the board to land him. Julius Brents boasts the size Chris Ballard looks for in a cornerback, and his ability in zone makes for a no-brainer decision by the Colts’ brass.
Brents is long, competitive, and would give the roster a true building block in the secondary. Ballard has not had much success with secondary players early in the draft, but past misses should not stop him from taking this swing on Brents, even if it costs a few extra picks in the process.