The Colts will have a lot of starting spots up for grabs going into next year. Who are some players who might surprise and get a shot as a starter?
As OTA’s are underway, it’s always interesting to see who starts out getting the first team reps. Those initial snaps may be a glimpse into who has the upper hand in terms of winning position battles. But who will emerge as surprise starters for next season?
Tarell Basham has been turning heads so far in OTA’s. He has been getting a decent amount of first team reps early on. He showed some potential last season as a rookie. He has the ability to rush the passer, which the Colts desperately need. Even if he doesn’t emerge as a starter next year, he is going to earn a lot more playing time.
Le’Raven Clark is someone else who could get a starting nod. The offensive line is becoming a bit cluttered, especially with the Colts drafting two lineman in April. Clark got more playing time last year and really improved. He has a punchers chance to emerge as a starter once training camp rolls around.
Another player to keep an eye on is Nate Hairston. The conventional thought process is that Pierre Desir and Quincy Wilson will take the two cornerback positions. Don’t rule out Hairston. He showed flashes of good play last year while filling in for an injury-plagued secondary.
None of these position battles will be decided in OTA’s. The Colts still have the entire off-season before training camp to make definitive roster decisions. Some of these battles will come right down to who performs the best in camp. But competition is good news for Colts fans, because it means the team is getting better and better.