Indy will enter the 2019 season with great optimism. Despite going 1-5 through the opening six weeks, they made it to the playoff Divisional Round where they eventually succumbed to the Chiefs. This turnaround in form can largely be credited to a healthy, game-hardened Andrew Luck – following his recovery from major shoulder surgery that wiped out his 2017 season.
With this in mind, the Colts need to give their quarterback an array of weapons in order to progress past the Divisional Round. TY Hilton is a true WR1, but he is lacking a partner in crime. Indy added Devin Funchess in free agency, but other than that, the wide receiver room in Indianapolis is lacking.
It will not be huge surprise to see talents such as Marquise Brown or N’Keal Harry being selected by the Colts in the 2019 Draft.
Colts made a home run pick in the 2018 Draft by taking Darius Leonard in the 2nd round (36th overall). Leonard went onto lead the league tackles which subsequently earned him a First-Team All-Pro vote – not to mention landing the Defensive Rookie of the Year title.
The front office in Indianapolis would have to do extremely well to repeat heroics like this in back-to-back years, as they look to strengthen the defensive live to complement the linebacking corps. They received a helping hand from the New York Jets who traded their 2nd round pick to the Colts in this year’s Draft, which has ended up being a very handy 34th overall pick.
Possessing three top 60 picks puts Indy a strong position should they look to trade up to land one of the star defensive lineman in this class. Brian Burns out of Florida State and Zach Allen from Boston College are just a couple of the names Colts should be looking to make a move for.
Beefing up the secondary is also a priority for the playoff chasing Colts. Despite already possessing enough starting calibre pieces, it would do them no harm whatsoever to get fresh legs at the position.
Indy has been very quiet in free agency in spite of having the most cap room in the league; which suggests the team is prioritising getting younger and spending money on talent they are grooming in house. Therefore, it would come as no surprise if they look to use their later picks on some developmental guys who would compete for starting reps in year 2 or 3 of their rookie contracts.