The Colts should target these three players if they become buyers at the deadline

Brandin Cooks
Brandin Cooks is among the best players available at the deadline. Photo from Houston Chronicle.

The Indianapolis Colts are one of those on-the-fence teams. They’ve already had their fair share of ups and downs this season and could seriously jump up the power rankings by bringing on the right talent. After starting off 0-3 they have gone on to win 3 of their last 4 outings, with their only loss being in overtime to the Ravens. They also had a close game with the Rams in week 2, losing only 27-24. This team could be real contenders if they can add the right talent by November 2nd, and may even have a shot at winning the division. The Titans did lose to the Jets after all. With that being said, let’s look at some Colts trade rumors 2021.

Colts trade rumors 2021

Of course, before we deep-dive into Colts trade targets we have to look at their strengths and weaknesses.

Let’s start at QB. Carson Wentz has the 10th highest QBR this season for quarterbacks with over 100 attempts.

He has also been sacked the 4th most out of those top 10 QBs.

They obviously don’t have any running back struggles with Jonathan Taylor being 2nd in the league in rushing yards. On offense, receivers are where we should start to worry. Pittman and Pascal are the future of this core and have plenty of talent, but with T.Y. Hilton in and out of the IR, they need to find someone to step up.

As far as defense, they are in the middle of the pack for receiving and rushing yards allowed with 17th and 19th. They are tied for 5th in interceptions with 7 and tied for 3rd in forced fumbles with 8.

Brandin Cooks

Brandin Cooks is one of the most talked-about trade targets this season after starting the season 6th in receptions and 16th in yards while being on arguably the worst team in the league.

The 28-year-old “journeyman” receiver has already been on 4 different teams during his 8-year career.


The surprising part about that is Cook has broken 1,000 yards every season except two, with one of those being his rookie year. Cook would be a phenomenal addition to this offense alongside Taylor, Pittman, Pascal, and Hilton.

If Hilton could stay on the field, this has the potential to be one of the best in the league, especially with Wentz looking more comfortable after each week.

Derek Barnett

This team could use some serious pass-rushing help. Derek Barnett is a 25-year-old defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles.

This is already his 5th season in the league and he has surpassed five sacks every season but one. Barnett will most likely be a free agent after this season. Hopefully, the Colts could use this as leverage to get him cheaply and look at keeping this young stud for a while.

Andre Dillard

Andre Dillard has only allowed 14 pressures (1 sack, 13 hurries) through 7 games for the Eagles. That’s only one more pressure than Colts tackle Julien Davenport allowed in the Colts’ first two games!

He also has a 96 pass-blocking efficiency rating. This would be a huge step up for the Indy O-line.

On top of that, with Quenton Nelson recently being activated off the injured reserved, this team could jump from having a very average offensive line to one of the best in a matter of 1-2 weeks.

The Colts trade deadline news is heating up, and with a still-promising season ahead, I’m excited to see what this team does in the near future.

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