This is a pretty boring time to be an NFL fan. Still a little bit of a wait till the draft comes and free agency is basically dead at this point.
So, it’s a good time to re-evaluate what needs the Indianapolis Colts’ have heading into the aforementioned draft.
With the departure of long-time Colt Antoine Bethea, the safety position was a question mark heading into the free agent period and still remains one at this point. Even though I have growing faith that Delano Howell can hold down the position nicely, he has a history of injuries dating back to his college days. Pair that with LaRon Landry’s injury experience and you got an unstable starting unit. A safety must be picked up or drafted, even just for depth purposes. I really like Chris Clemons of the Miami Dolphins, as a pure free safety to pair with the hard-hitting Landry, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. GM Ryan Grigson will surely be looking for one in the rookie class and I certainly hope they find him come May.
Delano Howell college tape:
Or any interior line position honestly. I’ve been saying that Khaled Holmes would be the starter at center heading into the 2014 season and that still remains to be the case. However, depth and competition must be created if the Colts truly want an improved line, as compared to years past.
Greg Toler has such a bad history with getting hurt, that the Colts must (unfortunately) plan for that pattern to continue in 2014. Darius Butler is a damn good slot corner, but he’s not so great on the outsides. And while Josh Gordy did an admirable job towards the end of the season last year, and I’m glad we retained him, he’s not the answer at corner. There is no veteran corner out there that I really like for the Colts, but I expect them to pick one up during the draft. It should add depth and competition at a position that struggled with injuries last season.
Corner prospect Stanley Jean-Baptiste highlights:
4. Nose tackle
You can never have enough good defensive linemen. And as much as I expect Josh Chapman to take a big step forward this season, the Colts need to add another nose tackle to their rotation. Between Arthur Jones, Cory Redding, Ricky-Jean Francois and Montori Hughes the defensive end position is actually looking pretty good. But besides Chapman, there isn’t anybody to man the middle of the defense. Getting a nice rotation with an unnamed rookie and Chapman will help what’s looking to be a pretty solid unit on the defensive side of the ball.
college game tape of Josh Chapman:
A common theme with the Colts’ needs is mainly that they need to add depth and competition to their units.
They don’t have an absolutely glaring need as of right now (as long as you have faith in the interior offensive line, which I’m still a little skeptical about) but injuries are inevitable and need to be planned for.
All in all, it should end up being a pretty solid off-season for Grigson and the Colts and I expect this team to make some real damage in 2014. Go Colts!