The Colts had a tough time on the defensive side of the ball last season, ranking 30th in the league in total defense. The team also gave up 25.2 points per game, which was the third-worst mark in the league only better than the Cleveland Browns and the Houston Texans. The stats may not be as bad as last season, but with Ballard spending most of his top draft picks on offense, the defense did not get a lot better this offseason.
The Colts’ defense has an average age of 25 based on the depth chart listed on ourlads.com. This unit has a ton of young, raw talent stacked up on the roster. It will be up to new defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus to coach these kids up and get them game ready.
One bright spot in the lineup is safety Malik Hooker, who looks ready to go after a knee injury cut his rookie year short. Hooker had three interceptions in just seven weeks, and was the lone star in the Colts’ secondary unit.