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The 2022 NFL Draft is in the books and after three days of emotions, trades, drama and moments (somewhere Ed Mariano is still talking)  it’s time to take a step back and see how every team did in addressing needs and whether or not it appears they got better n paper.  For the Colts. that seems to be absolutely the case.  Their three biggest needs heading into the draft were wide receiver, tight end and offensive line help and with the first three picks Chris Ballard and company addressed each of those needs.

Cincinnati wide receiver Alec Pierce was the first domino to fall followed by Virginia tight end Jelani Woods and Central Michigan offensive tackle Bernhard Raimann.  The Colts are hoping for all three to make a sizeable contribution in their rookie seasons.  Pierce, barring the re-signing of T.Y. Hilton or another veteran wide receiver, will likely line up opposite Michael Pitman Jr. or play in the slot, while Woods will likely split snaps with Mo Alie-Cox and Kylen Granson.  Raimann could prove to be the one that provides the biggest impact as the Colts are desperate for some offensive line help, specifically at left tackle.  Could Raimann supplant the likes of Matt Pryor or Danny Pinter and be a long-term solution at the position?  It would be a huge void filled if he is.

On Monday’s Kevin & Query, the guys were joined by Indianapolis Star Colts reporter Joel A. Erickson to get his thoughts on what the team did and how high the ceilings are for these draft picks.

Three big needs, three picks, right off the bat.  You could say safety with the fourth pick was also a need. – Joel A. Erickson on Chris Ballard and the Colts addressing holes on their roster

For the full interview with Joel A. Erickson, including how much of a ceiling the Colts draft picks could have, click the link below and be sure to listen to Kevin & Query every weekday morning from 7-10 on 93.5 and 107.5 The Fan!