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1 tight end target for Colts in each round of the NFL draft

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The Indianapolis Colts are less than a week away from the 2024 NFL Draft, and there’s a chance they could add to the tight spot.

While the position depth chart isn’t wide open, the Colts could use more upside in the room. They still have starters Mo Alie-Cox and Kylen Granson returning, and Jelani Woods hopes to return after missing an entire season due to nagging hamstring injuries. They also have second-year tight end Will Mallory, who is coming off a promising rookie campaign.

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We’ll be looking at potential tight end prospects for the Colts in each round, even if there’s a chance they don’t win one in the end.

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TE prospects in each round for Colts

Round 1: Brock Bowers, Georgia

This one is pretty simple. Bowers is the only prospect in this class worthy of Round 1 capital, and he is one of the prospects most tied to the Colts at No. 15 overall. Whether he makes it that far remains to be seen, but he would be a fantastic addition to the attack to help Anthony Richardson develop.

Round 2: Ja’Tavion Sanders, Texas

The Colts are unlikely to use their second-round pick tight, but Sanders is likely to go in this ballpark. Sanders fits the mold of a move tight end at 6-foot-1 and 245 pounds and could fill the potential void left by Kylen Granson, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract. Sanders is a smooth mover with the ability to get yards after catches.

Round 3: Theo Johnson, Penn State

Johnson is a bit of a polarizing prospect who may have a better chance of advancing on Day 3. However, Johnson’s athletic profile and excellent blocking skills make him a potential late selection on Day 2 of the draft. There’s some question as to why he didn’t produce more at Penn State, but he showed enough to develop into a starting Y tight end, which the Colts desperately need.

Round 4: Ben Sinnott, Kansas State

Unlike Johnson, Sinnott is increasingly likely to become a Day 2 pick. Whether he could become a full-time Y tight end remains to be seen, but a team that could utilize his athleticism and abilities as a pass catcher could help him reach his ceiling as a move tight end.

Round 5: Tip Reiman, Illinois

Reiman is an interesting option for the Colts if they want to wait until the middle of Day 3 to add to the tight end position. The fourth-year senior measured 6-foot-1 and 271 pounds and ran a 4.64 in the 40-yard dash. He attended the Colts’ local pro day and while he still has some development to do, he would be an intriguing addition to the tight end room.

Round 6: AJ Barner, Michigan

Barner doesn’t have much experience as a pass catcher with just 610 total career receiving yards, but he has the size and length to immediately work as a rotation blocker with the upside of adding pass catcher to his board.

Round 7: Brevyn Spann-Ford, Minnesota

Spann-Ford has the size and length that teams will be intrigued by, even though he is primarily a project as a receiver despite being a sixth-year prospect. He might be able to compete for a rotation spot in the tight end room as he develops into a pass catcher, but there are also upsides as a future Y tight end.