Colts Nab Electric WR in ESPN’s First NFL Mock Draft

Colts Nab Electric WR in ESPN’s First NFL Mock Draft

Jordan Reed’s first ESPN NFL Draft story has the Indianapolis Colts doubling down on an offensive lineman.

The Indianapolis Colts are 3-4 through seven games of the NFL season, but there is plenty of reason for optimism in head coach Shane Steichen’s first season.
In Steichen’s first draft, the Colts appeared to have great success with selections that included quarterback Anthony Richardson, cornerback JuJu Brents and wide receiver Josh Downs.

Despite having to shuffle Richardson and Gardner Minshew at quarterback due to injuries, the Colts rank 10th in total offense and 6th in scoring.
NFL draft analyst Jordan Reed ran his first mock draft on ESPN and likes the idea of ​​doubling up on offense with other players in Steichen and Richardson in the first round.

According to the ESPN Football Power Index, the Colts are slated to pick 11th overall in 2024, and with that selection, Reed will take Florida State wide receiver Keon Coleman.
“One of the transfer portal’s biggest beneficiaries, Coleman has exploded since transferring from Michigan State to Florida State,” Reid wrote for ESPN.
At 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, he has versatile catching potential. Since the start of last season, Coleman leads the FBS in contested touchdowns (10).

“Having targets like Michael Pittman Jr., Alec Pierce and Josh Downs could be huge for a young passer like Richardson.
(Pittman is also a free agent after the 2023 season, meaning there could be an opening on the depth chart.)\”

A season ago, the Colts’ biggest concern was having enough offensive weapons.
Adding Coleman to a mix that already includes Zach Moss and Jonathan Taylor is overkill.
Reed also suggested that cornerback and tight end, along with wide receiver, are the Colts’ biggest needs in 2024.
Wide receiver is a must in 2024 without Pittman.
Coleman’s FSU teammate, outfielder Jared Verse, was selected 12th overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Penn State’s Royal Kalen King was selected 17th overall by the LA Chargers.

Washington State and UCLA Flyers Bralen Trice and Layatu Latu return Nos.
19 and 20 to the Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings, respectively.
As the Colts hope to avoid being selected with the 11th pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, Reid offered some insight into some of the players who could fill their biggest needs down the stretch.

 

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