What are the Colts’ biggest needs this offseason?
After a very successful 2018 season, it’s time to turn and look ahead to the offseason. What are the biggest needs facing this team?
The Colts are in very good position moving forward. They have a young core who has already experienced the playoffs and showed that they can get it done. With that being said, there are still some needs that this team needs to address in the offseason through the draft and free agency.
Perhaps the biggest need for this team is a good pass rusher. The defense was able to get pressure from a bunch of different guys this past season, but not a ton of consistency from anyone. That showed up big time in the playoff loss to the Chiefs.
Free agency typically isn’t flush with pass rushers, so maybe the Colts can get one in the draft. This is a very defensive heavy draft, so maybe they can get one at the outside linebacker or defensive end position. But they need someone who can consistently pressure the quarterback.
The other big need for this team is a second wide receiver. There have been rumors of the Colts maybe going after Antonio Brown, but that seems unlikely at this point, but there could be some other deep threats in free agency or the draft that the Colts should take a look at.
Andrew Luck might be partial to the wide receiver need. T.Y. Hilton is the only deep threat on this team. That cost the ability for the Colts to go downfield in critical situations. Frankly, they just need someone who can catch the ball on a consistent basis.
Drops were a huge problem for this team early in the season. That cost the team some games. Hopefully Deon Cain can help with that as a young guy. But Chris Ballard should look to upgrade that position.
Those are the two biggest needs facing this team right now. They could always use more depth in the secondary too, especially at safety after the rash of injuries that hit that position. But a receiver and a pass rusher are the biggest needs facing this squad right now.