Colts Final 53-Man Roster Projection
Outside Linebacker: Robert Mathis, Erik Walden, Trent Cole, Earl Okine, Curt Maggitt
Released: OLB’s Trevor Bates, Ron Thompson
Overview: Veterans Robert Mathis, Erik Walden, and Trent Cole can be safely penciled onto the Colts roster as starters or at least key rotational linebackers.
Behind them, it appears to be a 4-horse race between Earl Okine, Curt Maggitt, Trevor Bates, and Ron Thompson Jr.; all of whom have shown at least some pass rushing flashes this preseason.
However, if we’re going off entirely preseason production–and not just draft pedigree (in Bates’ case), Okine, and Maggitt have consistently stood out the most of this group during preseason in my opinion.
They’re the most deserving to make the 53-man roster, while Bates and Thompson could easily be re-signed to the practice squad as young developmental pass rushers.