The Colts have had a lot of players step up when needed this season. But there is one in particular who has been the best player on this team consistently through the first half.
A lot of people expected Andrew Luck to be the best player on this Colts team. It’s a sound assumption really. He has been the best player on this team the last few years while he’s been health. He’s finally healthy, so why would that be any different?
That was before they drafted a rookie out of South Carolina State. That rookie’s name is Darius Leonard. And he has been an absolute freak since coming into this league. He is a superstar in the making, and the leading candidate for Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Leonard leads the league in tackles by a wide margin…despite missing the Thursday night game against New England. He has 4 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries. He is always near the ball and seems to make at least one big play every game.
Leonard is the best player on this team. He is the only thing that keeps the middle of the Colts defense semi-competent. And the scary thing is that he is only a rookie. He will only get better once he fully adjusts to the speed of the game and has a full offseason to learn the plays.
There is a strong possibility that Leonard could be a Pro Bowl player. If he keeps up what he did in the first half of the season, there is no doubt about it. If the Colts had a better record, more people around the league would be talking about him.
That’s the biggest goal for Leonard right now. Win more games. That way, they can’t ignore him any longer.