The Indianapolis Colts just suffered their first loss since week 6 on Sunday and there were some glaring issues on the roster that were coming from both sides of the ball. In no way is just one loss in the past 6 games as a sign of urgency but it is never too early to take a look at next years draft.
I have noticed holes on offense and defense throughout much of the season but the loss at the Jaguars thrust those needs into the spotlight. By studying the current Indianapolis Colts roster and researching the 2019 draft class, I have taken note on key positions and certain players that could help push the Colts into postseason play in the coming years.
There are obvious places on the roster that do not need help, such as quarterback. Andrew Luck is obviously going to be the starter for many years to come and Jacoby Brissett is a viable replacement for Luck in case of emergency. It would be extraneous to take a quarterback at all in the draft.
Likewise, the rebuild of the offensive line is starting to come to fruition. Guard Quenton Nelson is the second highest-rated rookie offensive lineman, according to Pro Football Focus. Also, Braden Smith currently the third highest-rated rookie offensive lineman, just one spot behind Nelson. The outbreak of RG Mark Glowinski has also proved to be a positive to the team as well. Ryan Kelly has had troubles staying healthy but when he is, he is one of the most dominant centers in the game. Pair him and the rookies as well as Glowinski and add in Anthony Castonzo and you get an all-pro offensive line.
Today, I will take you through three of the Colts most glaring draft needs. Rather than going in depth about possible college players the Colts could select, I will take you through the state of each position currently and what the team should look for.