As with any draft, the Colts’ has created fierce competition among players. But this one might have created the most in awhile for the franchise.
The Colts made 10 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. In that draft, they took 7 defensive players. They clearly thought there needed to be an upgrade in the defensive quality, so they made an effort to fix that. But in doing so, it creates an immense amount of competition.
The competition will be fierce along the front seven. The Colts have a new defensive lineman in Justin Houston and three new members of the linebacking corp. That corp will have to fight amongst the current players for the right to play alongside Darius Leonard.
In the secondary, there is a lot of competition as well. Marvell Tell, Khari Willis, and Rock Ya-Sin join the secondary group. They join Pierre Desir, Kenny Moore, Quincy Wilson, Malik Hooker and Clayton Geathers as the main guys who get playing time.
Wilson seems like the odd man out right now, as it looks likely Ya-Sin will take over his job. But it creates competition between those two for that cornerback spot where there wasn’t any before. That competition will drive both players to play their best and work their hardest.
Brining in Parris Campbell also gives some competition to the wide receiving corp. His addition likely pushes Chester Rogers and Dontrelle Inman out. Inman seems unlikely to be even re-signed by the Colts anymore. Rogers will likely lose a lot of playing time.
But the only way that doesn’t happen is if Rogers is able to use that competition as fuel to perform better. That is exactly what Chris Ballard wants to bring to the Colts. He wants competition at every position.