Matt Peterson tracks the offseason needs of every team in the league. Today’s franchise, the Indianapolis Colts [full archive here].
Season Recap: What a different team this was with Peyton Manning under center. After starting 13 consecutive seasons, Manning was forced to miss 2011 with a neck injury. Kerry Collins, Dan Orlovsky, and Curtis Painter all attempted to replicate Manning’s brilliance, but, much to nobody’s surprise, failed miserably. The Colts wound up with the number one pick at just the right time. Andrew Luck is the greatest quarterback prospect since Peyton Manning (coincidence?) and will be the Colts signal caller for the next 15 seasons.
1. Offensive Line: Like the Redskins, I left quarterback off the list because of Andrew Luck. The Colts have many needs, but need to start with the group that will be in charge of protecting Mr. Luck. The only capable starter is last year’s first round pick, left tackle Anthony Costonzo. Longtime Colt, Jeff Saturday has left the team, leaving a big hole at center. Both guard positions and right tackle are also needs. The Colts can’t go wrong with any position on the offensive line. Mike Adams, Ben Jones, Kevin Zeitler, Brandon Brooks, and Joe Looney are all players that could fit in rounds two and three.
2. Tight End: The makeover continues. Gone are Dallas Clark and Jacob Tamme, the team’s previous top tight ends. Andrew Luck enjoyed throwing to his tight ends at Stanford, and will need a capable target. Coby Fleener played with Luck at Stanford and would be a great fit at the top of round 2.
3. Cornerback: The Colts have a poor secondary and need a new starter at cornerback. Brandon Boykin will be the top corner available in round two and will be a tempting pick for the Colts.