Monday, May 16, 2022

Indianapolis Colts Post-Draft NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2022 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Indianapolis Colts rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 12.4 (11th)
  • Best ranking: 10 (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 14 (Multiple)

Below you will find a post-NFL Draft roundup for the Colts in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 14

Player who benefited most from draft: DE Kwity Paye

Unlike in 2021, when they used their first two draft picks on pass-rushers, the Colts went on the offensive side of the ball with their first three draft picks, which shows they have a lot of faith that Paye can be one of their two top pass-rushers next season. The Colts, in fact, didn't select a defensive end during the draft. Paye should have an opportunity to improve upon his four sacks during his rookie season with veteran Yannick Ngakoue, who has 55.5 career sacks, lined up at the other defensive end spot. -- Mike Wells -- Rank: 14

Quarterback has been a revolving door in Indianapolis since the surprise retirement of Andrew Luck nearly three years ago, but the Colts appear confident that Matt Ryan -- who turns 37 later this month -- will finally bring stability under center. Jim Irsay said last week he believed Ryan could play another four seasons with the Colts. The owner's rosy viewpoint was echoed in Indy's 2022 draft class, which included eight picks but nary a quarterback among them. GM Chris Ballard lost his first-rounder in the doomed Carson Wentz acquisition in 2021, but he still came out of Vegas with a solid haul that included offensive players with each of the team's first three picks. The Colts know they must become more explosive on that side of the ball to compete in the loaded AFC.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 12

Matt Ryan makes this is a better team, but they will rely on two rookie draft picks to protect his blind side (Bernhard Raimann) and help down the downfield passing game (Alec Pierce). That's asking a lot.

USA Today -- Rank: 12

They had a sneaky good draft on the heels of acquiring QB Matt Ryan and CB Stephon Gilmore and might have erased the gap on a Tennessee squad that appears to be in transition.

The Athletic -- Rank: 14

We would not have been shocked to learn in February that the Colts were moving on from Carson Wentz. But to acquire a veteran like Matt Ryan for only a third-round pick? That was surprising. Only a disaster in Week 18 kept the Colts out of the playoffs last year, and our panel seems to like Indianapolis' chances to be in the AFC wild-card mix -- at least right now.

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