2024 NFL Draft Grades: Indianapolis Colts

The 2024 NFL Draft is now in the rearview mirror, and we have compiled a consensus ranking using NFL draft grades from a variety of sites.

What draft grades have the media given to the Indianapolis Colts? What are they saying about the Colts' 2024 draft haul?

NFL.com - Grade: B+

Day 1 grade: B+
Day 2 grade: B
Day 3 grade: A-

Analysis: Latu was the most consistent pass rusher in the draft class and will be productive if the neck injury he suffered while at Washington is not an issue moving forward. The team found a potential steal in Mitchell, provided his game matures, while trading down for two Day 3 picks. Trading up for Gonclaves seemed unnecessary, though he should be at least a solid swing tackle; he's been recovering from a foot injury but said after the draft that he feels 100%.

Bortolini looks like Ryan Kelly's heir apparent; he also has the experience, strength and athleticism to play guard until needed in the middle. Gould brings real value as a returner, especially with the new kickoff rules. Carlies moves from safety to linebacker for the Colts. Simpson could man corner or safety; the athletic defender played both spots in college. Abraham is the son of former NFL player Donnie Abraham and a tough-minded corner in his own right, but the team is still looking for depth at edge.

ESPN - Grade: B

Top needs entering the draft: Cornerback, wide receiver, safety, edge defender

The Colts were one of the teams coming into Round 1 with a clearly defined biggest need. They really had to get a cornerback who could step in and start as a rookie for a defense that struggled to stop No. 1 wide receivers last season. While I thought they might also target a pass-catcher to give second-year quarterback Anthony Richardson more help, corner was the biggest hole for GM Chris Ballard & Co. So color me surprised when not only did Ballard pass on a corner in Round 1 -- when he had his choice of the entire class -- but he didn't take one until Round 6.

Indianapolis instead went with edge rusher Laiatu Latu (15), who will help this team as a rookie. I love the player but don't quite understand what Ballard sees in his defensive back room that I don't. He could have gone with Cooper DeJean, Terrion Arnold or Quinyon Mitchell and upgraded at corner.

Outside of that move? I like the majority of Ballard's class. Wide receiver Adonai Mitchell (52) could be a steal if he lives up to his potential. He was uncoverable at times at both Georgia and Texas. Matt Goncalves is a good offensive tackle with interesting tools. Tanor Bortolini (117) is a solid sixth offensive lineman option. Safety Jaylin Simpson (164) is a safety/nickel hybrid who tested extremely well at the combine. As ESPN's Matt Miller said on the broadcast Saturday, Jonah Laulu (234) got rave reviews at his pro day and is a Round 7 flier worth taking.

I like the players in Ballard's class, but I'm still curious about why he didn't take a corner earlier. That's a miss ... unless there's some sort of trade for a veteran coming down in the weeks after the draft.

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Indianapolis Colts Mock Draft Roundup 3.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2024 NFL Draft, we will update our Indianapolis Colts Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Indianapolis Colts from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Indianapolis Colts:

ESPN - Mel Kiper (2/28)

15. Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama

Indianapolis got solid cornerback play from rookies JuJu Brents (Round 2) and Jaylon Jones (Round 7) last season, but it has to keep improving there. Frankly, the Colts need a talent injection on their entire defense, which is why I could see them picking the best available defender here.

Six-foot Arnold picked off five passes and allowed just four catches of 20-plus yards as the nearest defender in coverage last season. Minnesota has a clear void at the position, and he could be a day one starter.

The Athletic - CFB Writers (2/27)

15. Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson

I don't think anybody would be upset with the addition of a receiver to further support Anthony Richardson, but with their AFC South competition now featuring not only Trevor Lawrence but Offensive Rookie of the Year C.J. Stroud, the Colts may be more interested in secondary help. Wiggins is lean but has good speed and ball skills. The Colts could get their shutdown corner here. — Cameron Teague Robinson

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2023 NFL Power Rankings: Indianapolis Colts

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 18 roundup for the Indianapolis Colts in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 14

Biggest offseason contract to watch: WR Michael Pittman Jr.

Pittman is in the final year of his rookie contract and has clearly established his importance to the Colts' offense. He has missed two games in the past two seasons. The Colts were outscored 53-10 in those two contests and averaged 167 passing yards. The Colts are a different team when Pittman is on the field, and he'll be looking for a contract that reflects that reality. Are the Colts ready to offer it? -- Stephen Holder

NFL.com -- Rank: 13

Arguably the second-best game of Week 18: The contest between the Texans and Colts in Indianapolis, with a playoff spot -- and possibly the AFC South title -- hanging in the balance. It would have been fun to see two rookie QBs face off, but that has been off the table for months now, as Gardner Minshew just keeps chugging along for the Colts in Anthony Richardson's stead, making enough big plays to keep the offense afloat. Indianapolis' defensive numbers against the pass are fairly respectable, even if the Colts haven't exactly faced the league's toughest QB schedule of all time this season. C.J. Stroud stung them back in Week 2, and rookie Aidan O'Connell (299 yards, two TDs) carved them up a bit Sunday. Getting CB Kenny Moore (who missed the win over the Raiders) back and having a healthy RB Jonathan Taylor in Week 18 could do wonders. Taylor was in and out of the Raiders game, but he was effective when he played. Selfishly, I just want an all-hands-on-deck battle in this divisional showdown. It should be a doozy.

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2023 NFL Predictions: AFC South

Before the start of the season, we will post NFL division-by-division predictions for the 2023 NFL regular season and postseason.

Instead of projecting an outright winner and loser in all 272 regular-season games, we've assigned a win probability to each team in every game and totaled them up.

The four AFC South teams are projected to win the fewest games combined among the four AFC divisions, and only the NFC West is projected to win fewer combined games than the AFC South in our full-season projections.

See where the Colts stand in our 2023 AFC South Predictions

2023 Fantasy Football Projections: Indianapolis Colts

Our Fantasy Football Projections will be viewable by both position and team.

Below you will find our 2023 fantasy football projections for the Indianapolis Colts.

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Anthony Richardson475.82853354.418.5614.51119690.24.64276.26
Gardner Minshew44.227.53161.990.997.920.50.1621.63

Anthony Richardson: Indianapolis was arguably the ideal landing spot for Richardson. After all, new coach Shane Steichen tailored Philadelphia's offense to best suit the skill set of Jalen Hurts. Ups and downs should be expected for Richardson, but his elite athletic profile gives him enormous rushing upside from the start.

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Indianapolis Colts: 2023 NFL Schedule

Below you will find the weekly NFL regular-season schedule for the Indianapolis Colts in 2023.

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Week 1Sun., Sep. 10vs. Jacksonville JaguarsL 31-21
Week 2Sun., Sep. 17at Houston TexansW 31-20
Week 3Sun., Sep. 24at Baltimore RavensW 22-19 (OT)
Week 4Sun., Oct. 1vs. Los Angeles RamsL 29-23 (OT)
Week 5Sun., Oct. 8vs. Tennessee TitansW 23-16
Week 6Sun., Oct. 15at Jacksonville JaguarsL 37-20
Week 7Sun., Oct. 22vs. Cleveland BrownsL 39-38
Week 8Sun., Oct. 29vs. New Orleans SaintsL 38-27
Week 9Sun., Nov. 5at Carolina PanthersW 27-13
Week 10Sun., Nov. 12at New England PatriotsW 10-6
Week 11BYE
Week 12Sun., Nov. 26vs. Tampa Bay BuccaneersW 27-20
Week 13Sun., Dec. 3at Tennessee TitansW 31-28 (OT)
Week 14Sun., Dec. 10at Cincinnati BengalsL 34-14
Week 15Sat., Dec. 16vs. Pittsburgh SteelersW 30-13
Week 16Sun., Dec. 24at Atlanta FalconsL 29-10
Week 17Sun., Dec. 31vs. Las Vegas RaidersW 23-20
Week 18Sat., Jan. 6vs. Houston TexansL 23-19

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Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule (SOS)

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Indianapolis Colts - 2024 Draft Results

The table below are all of the 2024 NFL Draft picks selected by the Indianapolis Colts.

115Laiatu LatuEDGEUCLA
252Adonai MitchellWRTexas
379Matt GoncalvesOTPittsburgh
4117Tanor BortoliniCWisconsin
5142Anthony GouldWROregon State
5151Jaylon CarliesSMissouri
5164Jaylin SimpsonSAuburn
6201Micah AbrahamCBMarshall
7234Jonah LauluDTOklahoma

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