INDIANAPOLIS – For the first time in the Chris Ballard era, the Colts have drafted two tight ends.
With the 192nd overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Colts took Youngstown State tight end Andrew (Drew) Ogletree in Round Six .
Here are 3 takeaways on Ogletree:
Flier On A Newer Tight End
No one is going to be blown away by the college production of Andrew Ogletree. In transferring from Findlay to Youngstown State, Ogletree last caught a touchdown in 2018. He finished his college career with 91 catches for 1,147 yards and 10 total touchdown, but didn’t find the end zone after transferring to YSU for his final two seasons. Drops did pop up a bit for Ogletree. At 6-5 and 260 pounds, Ogletree falls in line with his fellow draft picks as having an impressive frame with some strong testing numbers to go with it. Ogletree, who was an All-State basketball player out of Ohio, turns 24 years old in July, which is on the older side for draft prospects. Ogletree was a wideout at Findlay, before making the switch to tight end, putting on about 15-20 pounds.
Coaching Staff Trust
Before taking Kylen Granson in the 4th round of last year’s draft, the Colts hadn’t selected a TE in Chris Ballard’s first four drafts. Now, they’ve chosen 2 tight ends in 2022 alone. What the Colts did with Jelani Woods, and much more so with Ogletree is give this offensive staff a big frame that needs some fine-tuning and development. Both Woods and Ogletree are still young to the tight end position. From a needs standpoint, drafting another tight end wasn’t necessarily, but clearly the Colts like the physical makeup of Ogletree and want to try and develop him. Ogletree said he’s much more comfortable as a pass catcher, compared to being a run blocker right now. The loss of Jack Doyle is something the Colts are not overlooking in this draft.
No Lock To Make Team
Honestly, for Ogletree to make the team, he’s going to have to impact on special teams. The Colts haven’t been afraid to keep 4 tight ends before, but that number is a bit of a luxury. And you know that Mo Alie-Cox, Kylen Granson and Jelani Woods are going to be on the roster. Still, we know that the Colts love to use tight ends, so having a 4th one is more insurance than it would be for some other teams. Unless an injury occurs ahead of Ogletree though, he’s going to have a battle just to make the roster. That’s purely from a numbers standpoint in constructing the makeup of a 53-man roster.