Colts: 3 defenders who stand to benefit most from Justin Houston-DeForest Buckner tandem

Colts CBs Rock Ya-Sin and Xavier Rhodes (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Colts CBs Rock Ya-Sin and Xavier Rhodes (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /
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Colts LB Darius Leonard (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

2. Darius Leonard

Colts LB Darius Leonard has already been tremendous. He can get better?!

We get it. Darius Leonard was named an All-Pro as a rookie in 2018 and followed that up with a Pro Bowl nod last season, so he technically doesn’t need anybody to make him better.

Throw in the fact that the NFL left several performance-enhancing drug tests at his doorstep this offseason, and the former second-round pick will be playing like a man possessed in 2020. However, just imagine how many more holes there will be for Leonard to burst into with the two star linemen going to work.

If the 25-year-old stud posted 121 tackles, seven passes defended, five interceptions (!), five sacks, six QB hits, and two forced fumbles in just 13 games while playing alongside an ordinary pass rush, just think of the numbers he could post with two world-beaters going to work up front.

We might just see the best version of Leonard this season, and that should scare the living daylights out of the rest of the NFL because many didn’t think he could do better than he already has. Expect the former South Carolina State star to elevate the Colts defense yet again in his third NFL season.