The Colts have plenty of talent on the defensive line and plenty of guys will get significant playing time because of that.
DeForest Buckner is now the Colts’ best defensive lineman. He is the only lineman to be named to the All-Pro team at any point. He can control the line of scrimmage and should be a big boost for this defensive line, especially on the interior.
Justin Houston is the second-best defensive lineman on the team. His 11 sacks last season gave him an excellent first season in Indy. He is the premier pass rusher on this team and should only be better with Buckner next to him at the defensive tackle spot.
As for the rest of the defensive line, it will be a beautiful rotation. Kemoko Turay, Tyquan Lewis, Denico Autry, Sheldon Day, and Ben Banogu will all be rotating in and out at various positions. Autry, Lewis, and Day will get time at tackle while everyone but Day could also see time at defensive end.
Banogu has shown flashes of extreme athleticism. He has shown great promise as a pass rusher but needs to be more consistent. Same with Turay. Turay’s injury last season really cut short what could have been a good year from him. Lewis needs to stay healthy if he wants to keep a job with the Colts.
No matter who is out there, the defensive line should be miles better than what it was last year. Buckner is a massive addition. Having Houston there for a second year where he is more familiar with playing defensive end is also a big thing.
This rotation should lead to more pressure and more sacks, which ultimately should lead to more wins.