Best available players for Indianapolis Colts in NFL Draft: Tanor Bortolini and Tyrone Tracy Jr.

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Best available players for Indianapolis Colts in NFL Draft: Tanor Bortolini and Tyrone Tracy Jr.

The Colts selected UCLA edge rusher Laiatu Latu with the No. 15 pick on Thursday before adding Texas wide receiver Adonai Mitchell and Pittsburgh offensive tackle Matt Goncalves in the second and third rounds, respectively, on Day 2 of the NFL Draft.

So while the defense got the big boost early, Colts GM Chris Ballard spent Friday night trying to solidify the offense around young quarterback Anthony Richardson.

Now, what will Day 3 bring? Here are some players the team may be considering on Saturday.

They are listed in order of their ranking on Dane Brugler’s best-remaining prospects.

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39. Jaden Hicks, S, Washington State (6-1, 215)

The Colts’ starting free safety spot isn’t solidified, and Hicks looks like he could fit the bill. He’s a rangy and versatile defender on the backend with a knack for lowering the boom when necessary.



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97. Braelon Allen, RB, Wisconsin (6-1, 235)

The youngest player in this year’s class, the 20-year-old Allen had a prolific career at Wisconsin with 3,494 rushing yards and 35 rushing TDs across three seasons. He must improve his ball security (four fumbles in 2023) and expand his route running as a pass catcher to be relied upon in the NFL.

109. Tanor Bortolini, OL, Wisconsin (6-4, 303)

Bortolini, who started at center last year, has started at least one game in college at every position on the offensive line except for left tackle. His experience and versatility project him to be a backup early on in the NFL, with starting potential down the line.

119. Tyrone Tracy Jr., RB, Purdue (5-11, 209)

Tracy can sometimes struggle to make the right read at the line of scrimmage, but you know who could help a lot with that? The Colts’ dual-threat QB, Richardson. He would make life much easier on Tracy, so all he’d have to do is run hard and get upfield. Tracy is also a stout blocker in pass protection.

122. Beaux Limmer, OL, Arkansas (6-4, 302) 

Limmer is an impressive athlete for his size and a weight-room legend at Arkansas. He “projects as an immediate backup (center and guard) with starting potential at center,” according to Brugler. With Ryan Kelly’s future in Indy uncertain, drafting his heir would make sense.

146. Isaac Guerendo, RB, Louisville (6-0, 221)

Guerendo is another traits-over-production prospect. He didn’t have an illustrious career at Louisville, but his final year was productive enough for a team to likely take a Day-3 swing on the athletic ball carrier.

147. Cam Hart, CB, Notre Dame (6-3, 202)

Hart stands at 6-foot-3 and weighs 202 pounds, making him a massive CB. He’s the type of player Ballard may consider based on his physical traits. He must improve his footwork to survive in the NFL, but at least that’s teachable, whereas his size and athleticism are not.

151. Edefuan Ulofoshio, LB, Washington (6-0, 236)

Ulofoshio never gives up on a play and always finds himself around the ball thanks to his relentless motor. He may never become a starter in the NFL, but his physical gifts make him an enticing Day 3 pick. At a minimum, Ulofoshio projects as a core special teamer.

219. Frank Crum, OT, Wyoming (6-8, 313)

Crum is a towering figure with plenty of experience. He’ll need to refine his technique at the next level, but his strength and IQ make him an ideal candidate for a swing tackle role.

259. Isaiah Williams, WR, Illinois (5-9, 179)

Isaiah McKenzie joined the Giants in free agency, leaving the Colts with a need for a backup slot receiver and return man. Williams, known for making defenders miss in tight quarters, checks both of those boxes.

(Photo of Tyrone Tracy Jr: Robert Goddin / USA Today)