Colts Named Best Fit For Julio Jones In Post-Draft Free Agency

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The Indianapolis Colts did very well during the 2022 NFL Draft despite not having a first-round pick. They addressed some of their biggest needs head-on, using their first three selections on wide receiver Alec Pierce, tight end Jelani Woods and offensive tackle Bernhard Raimann.

There is a chance that all three play significant snaps as rookies. The Colts needed help at all three spots and are hoping they can step up right from Day 1. If Indianapolis is looking for more reinforcements, they can dip back into free agency as well to continue shoring things up.

If that is the route they are going to take, there is one wide receiver that sticks out as a realistic option; Julio Jones. The Colts were named the best fit for Jones in a piece over at CBS Sports that broke down the best landing spots for remaining free agents after the 2022 NFL Draft.

The connection to Indianapolis is an easy one to make. Matt Ryan is now the starting quarterback for the Colts as the two spent 10 years together as one of the best duos in the league with the Atlanta Falcons.

Reuniting with the Colts after one season apart would make a lot of sense. There is built-in chemistry there, as Ryan could rely on Jones right from the start as he builds a rapport with all of his other receivers.

Jones is coming off a very disappointing 2021 season with the Tennessee Titans in which he caught only 31 passes for 434 yards and one touchdown. Injuries played a big part in his ineffectiveness, as he played in only 10 games while setting career-lows across the board.

It was the second consecutive season that Jones missed seven games in, as he appeared in only nine in 2020, his final season with the Falcons. While the injuries are certainly a concern, Jones showed that he could still make an impact, averaging 14 yards per reception last season and 15.1 in 2020.

He would provide a veteran complement to the wide receiver room that would be missing should T.Y. Hilton not return. Michael Pittman Jr. is the go-to guy in this passing offense, but Jones could help take some attention off of him as a big-bodied possession receiver opposite of him.