The Colts are likely going to be thin at cornerback in short order. There is absolutely no reason to bring back Greg Toler (pretty sure opponents call him “First Down”) and that leaves the Colts with Vontae Davis, who just had foot surgery, Darius Butler, who can really only play the slot, and D’Joun Smith, who is in his second year and spent basically all of 2015 injured.
So who should the Colts look at to fill this spot?
Trumaine Johnson, CB, St. Louis Rams
Johnson had himself a nice “pay me” year with the Rams. He finished with seven interceptions and 17 pass breakups. PFF gave him an 82.2 overall grade. Johnson is 26 and starting to really come into his own in the NFL, having secondary whisperer Chuck Pagano as his coach could send him into the elite in the NFL.
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The AFC South is starting to fill up with a number of talented receivers. The Texans have DeAndre Hopkins, the Jaguars with Allen Robinson, and the Titans…have players too. The Colts have to find a competent number two to put on the field across from Davis, this becomes especially important as the pass rush remains an issue.
Johnson is only a possibility if the now Los Angeles Rams decide not to re-sign him (or end up putting that money elsewhere).
Johnson feels like a better fit (in ability, age, and price) but the Colts could also make a run at Sean Smith of the Chiefs. Smith’s numbers don’t jump off the stat sheet like Johnson, but he’s been a very solid player in his seven year career. PFF gave Smith an 83.3 grade last year.
Prince Amukamara is another name that has been thrown around a lot as well. PFF had him with a 78.9 overall last year and he’s never been a player who will fill up the stat sheet. Amukamara is a good corner, and could flourish in the right system. At the very least, he and all these other players are a huge upgrade at
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