2022 NFL Draft

2022 NFL Draft

Jacob Susong (Junior), Reporter

This year’s NFL Draft wasn’t a flashy one. There weren’t too many college superstars or highly touted quarterbacks. The draft consisted of quite a few defensive talents. There was a total of 65 players drafted from the SEC, 48 from the BIG TEN, 25 from the PAC 12, 24 from the BIG 12, 21 from the ACC, 48 from group of five teams, and five others from independents.


The hometown Indianapolis Colts did not have a first round pick this year. Their first pick came in the second round at pick number 53.  They picked up Alec Pierce, a wide receiver out of Cincinnati. Pierce is 6’3” and ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at the combine. He should be a nice compliment to Michael Pittman Jr. on the outside.


“I think that Pierce might turn out to be a nice player. He is really fast and has a physical build.  Usually, you don’t see a guy that big running that fast,” said senior Alex Juarez.


The Colts second pick came in the third round. They picked a tight end from Virginia named Jelani Woods. He is 6’7” and 275 lbs. A large build that could translate well to the NFL.


“I am glad we drafted a tight end. With Jack Doyle retiring after last season, we needed to pick up a new tight end. I think it was a good pick,” said junior Cayman Huntsman.


With the 77th pick, the Colts selected Bernhard Raimann, an offensive tackle from Central Michigan. They traded up to pick number 96, and drafted a safety out of Maryland named Nick Cross. This seemed to be a smart pick as the Colt’s secondary depth is thin.


“I think that for the position that the Colts were in, they did a nice job this year. Chris Ballard has proven to be a great general manager, so I trust the moves that he made,” said junior Cannon Morton.