The Indianapolis Colts had one of the better run defenses they have had in recent memory this season. That being said, they have glaring holes as well, especially in the back-end. Luckily for them this draft will have plenty off-line difference makers and depth that play on the defensive side of the ball.
The Colt’s pass defense was pretty bad this season. I do not think they will address that in the early part of the draft though. They invested heavily in the secondary last season by drafting Rock Ya-Sin, Khari Willis, and Marvin Tell. I think GM Chris Ballard will count on those guys to develop and will not select a defensive back in the early rounds. In the late rounds, look for players like Stanford Samuels and Levonta Taylor out of Florida State as potential targets for the Colts. Both are talented players that got caught up in the mess that has become Florida State Football and their stock has plummeted. They could also go with a high character guy like Lavert Hill from Michigan in the late rounds.
This is the one position where the Colt’s do not need help. They have arguably the best off-ball linebacker in the NFL in Darius Leonard and two very good compliments to him in Anthony Walker and Bobby Okereke. If Ballard goes linebacker in the draft it will more than likely be for special teams depth.
Defensive Line Targets
The Colts could use help at defensive line. Denico Autry and Margus Hunt have regressed since 2018 and Tyquan Lewis doesn’t hold up that well on the inside. Grover Stewart is a nice depth piece but not a playmaker. I could actually see Ballard going this way early in the draft. Derrick Brown and Javon Kinlaw are both top-10 players but will fall due to quarterbacks and tackles going early. If they do fall Ballard would be smart to scoop one up to instantly upgrade the interior. If the Colts go elsewhere in round one they will have three shots at an interior lineman on day two and I would expect them to take one. The main targets to watch on day two include a BIG-12 trio; Neville Gallimore of Oklahoma, Joey Lynch of Baylor, and Ross Blacklock of TCU, as well as Raekwon Davis of Alabama. Expect the Colts to address this need early in the Draft.
Edge Rusher Targets
It looks like the Colt’s have hit on Kemoko Turay as long as he can stay healthy. But, Justin Houston and Jabal Sheard are up there in age so they need to think about the future on the edge. It is worth noting they drafted Ben Banogou in the second round last year to play on the edge but have yet to have any production from him. I highly doubt they go this route in round one but they should address it on day two. Look for Terrell Lewis of Alabama and Yetur Gross-Matos of Penn State to be targets early on day two.