Did Colts Do Enough In Solving Wide Receiver Need With Devin Funchess?

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Did Colts Do Enough In Solving Wide Receiver Need With Devin Funchess?

How important is the draft for the Colts to find a long-term answer at the wide receiver position, with T.Y. Hilton turning 30 years old later in 2019?

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INDIANAPOLISIn a way, it largely comes down to how much faith do you have in Devin Funchess.

 

Free agency rarely offers long-term solutions, but the Colts might have found one this March.

 

Frank Reich gushes about Funchess, a 24-year-old wideout, who is a former second-round pick.

 

If the Colts can tap into Funchess’ potential, he could go a long way to solving the need at wide receiver, alongside T.Y. Hilton, who turns 30 years old this November.

 

Ever since Reggie Wayne tore his ACL in November 2013, the Colts have been searching for a complement to Hilton.

 

Now, they will see if Funchess can finally answer that call.

 

Should they make more calls during next week’s draft?

 

A couple of factors must be weighed when trying to assess how serious the Colts are about spending a somewhat high draft pick on a receiver.

 

For one---even putting Funchess to the side---this staff really likes the young talent and competition they already have at receiver: Deon Cain, Reece Fountain, Chester Rogers, Zach Pascal and Marcus Johnson. They believe the ceilings are still pretty high on several of those guys.

 

Second, the top of the draft board receiver talent doesn’t appear to be there in 2019.

 

“To say there’s a no-doubt top-10 pick, I probably wouldn’t go there,” Chris Ballard said earlier this offseason of the wide receiver draft depth. “But I think there’s some really good players with traits to ascend, get better and be good players in the league.”

 

Third, Ballard’s draft history has never been too keen on selecting wide receivers with premium picks.

 

Does the fact that this draft class has more intriguing wideouts in the middle-ish rounds lead to Ballard holding off on spending a top pick on receiver?

 

Hilton continues to play at an elite level. However, several games last year confirmed that help is needed at the receiver position.

 

Is enough currently on the roster for the Colts to find that help looking to the 2019 season and beyond?

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