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PFF Projects Colts Land Elite Receiver at No. 21 in 2021 NFL Draft

Larry Rupp
PFF projects the Indianapolis Colts to take an elite receiver at No. 21 in Rashod Bateman.
PFF projects the Indianapolis Colts to take an elite receiver at No. 21 in Rashod Bateman. / Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Having a successful NFL Draft is one of the most crucial parts of the offseason for every NFL team and that is no different for the Indianapolis Colts. ProFootballFocus projects them to land an elite receiver at No. 21 overall by selecting Minnesota wideout Rashod Bateman in its latest mock draft.

The Colts could solidify a weak receiving group by taking a big-time playmaker that averaged 16.3 yards per catch in college. Pairing Bateman with Michael Pittman Jr. and veteran T.Y. Hilton could give the Colts the spark they need to join the top-tier NFL offenses.

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Bateman played in 31 games for the Golden Gophers over three seasons and caught a total of 147 passes for 2,395 yards and 19 touchdowns. He became the team's go-to player in the passing attack and showcased his skills on the field by hauling in a multitude of contested catches.

This wide receiver's combination of size (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) and speed (4.39 40-yard dash) allows him to be one of the best separators in this class. Bateman can burn defenses down the field or beat them with his excellent route-running skills. He would make a great addition to this Colts team.

One of the Colts' top priorities this offseason should be surrounding new starting quarterback Carson Wentz with as many weapons as they can. Drafting Bateman in this scenario makes sense as it would give Wentz a young receiver who should be a contributor from day one.

Bateman may not be a household name yet, but that could change as soon as next season.

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