5. Inside Linebacker
Right now, it appears that Sio Moore is the early frontrunner to start alongside veteran D’Qwell Jackson in the middle of the team’s defense. However, the starters are only likely to play a series or two, which means that 6th-year veteran Nate Irving, Moore’s presumed primary competition for the starting spot, could receive extended playing time with the 2nd unit to make a strong impression.
If nothing else, it will be a great opportunity for Colts fans firsthand to see this year’s rookie 4th round pick Antonio Morrison from Florida get considerable reps at inside linebacker. From the get-go, Morrison’s been praised for his toughness, instincts, and knack for finding the football, but much like other rookies, is still a bit “green” for the position.
However, while a starter like Jackson is the “now”, Morrison could be the “future” for the Colts starting inside linebacker position–even beginning as early as next season or maybe sooner should injuries arise.