The Indianapolis Colts have done a great job this offseason upgrading some areas of their roster. While there are still some spots that could use some help, they upgraded at the most important one; quarterback.
Indianapolis acquired Matt Ryan from the Atlanta Falcons following their trade of Carson Wentz to the Washington Commanders. Things didn’t go as well as hoped when Wentz was acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles last offseason, so the Colts went in another direction with the veteran Ryan this offseason.
Finding some pieces in the trenches to protect Ryan is imperative for the Colts, who don’t currently have a left tackle. Eric Fisher is a free agent and they have to address that in the coming weeks.
Another position on the offense that could use an upgrade is wide receiver. Despite not having a first-round pick, as it was conveyed to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Colts should still be able to snag a very good player at the position.
This is a deep wide receiver class that could produce immediate producers into the second and third rounds. One NFL scout that talked to NFL Analysis Network believes a Georgia product would be a perfect fit for what Indianapolis needs.
“So they’ve added Matt Ryan, they have Jonathan Taylor, and Michael Pittman Jr. is a good piece, but not elite. Chris Ballard will be looking for an impact wide receiver in this draft class. I love the fit that the Colts would have with George Pickens out of Georgia.”
The biggest red flag when it comes to George Pickens is his injury history. He tore his ACL in the spring of 2021, but was able to get back on the field for the last four games of the season, even catching a 52-yard pass in the National Championship Game.
Putting those injuries behind him is paramount to him realizing his potential in the NFL. Adding some more strength would also help elevate his game, which has a lot of positives already.
Pickens uses all of his length to his advantage, possessing a humongous catch radius and an ability to go outside of it as well. Strong hands enable him to have success when working in crowded spaces.
There is a lot to work there for an NFL team if he can clean up his route running and get stronger. The potential is there for Pickens to develop into a three-level threat given the size and athletic ability he possesses. Pairing him with Michael Pittman Jr. as a long-term duo could produce great things for the Colts.