With the Indianapolis Colts hoping to make a second-half run for one of the last AFC playoff berths, the 2023 draft season could be coming sooner than we think.
In Draft Wire’s latest two-round mock draft, the Colts added to the offensive side of the ball. They ended up removing left-handed quarterback Michael Penix Jr. from Washington in the first round and interior offensive lineman Andrew Voorhees from USC in the second round.
Here’s what Draft Wire said about the Colts taking on Penix Jr. in the first round of the simulation:
“Most would expect Kentucky’s Will Levis to be here, but I’m still waiting to see anything on film from him that proves he’s worthy of a first-round pick. Penix, of on the other hand, showed franchise quarterback traits throughout the year after his transfer from Indiana, while leading the nation in passing yards.
There’s no denying the Colts will be looking for a young quarterback in the upcoming draft. The chances of them stepping forward depend on who the GM is. If they part ways with Chris Ballard, the chances of the Colts spending significant capital on a quarterback increase.
Penix Jr. will be an interesting evaluation during the pre-draft process. He’s playing as a top college prospect as a fifth-year senior after transferring from Indiana. He completes 67.1% of his passes for 3,640 yards, 25 touchdowns and six interceptions in 10 games.
Voorhees is likely to be one of the best guards in the draft, and while another offensive line pick may frustrate some fans, there’s clearly a need to find a new right guard unless Will Fries proves himself worthy. to begin.
We’re still a long way from the 2023 draft, but there will be a few names to watch before entering the offseason.
The story originally appeared on Colts Wire