1. Defensive line
There are exactly two sure things on the entirety of this defensive line. The first is DeForest Buckner, who remains one of the best defensive players at any position in the game. The second is Grover Stewart, an elite run-stuffer. Other than that, there are a TON of question marks in this area.
Even first-round pick Kwity Paye has concerns, as he didn’t blow the doors off production-wise at Michigan. If both he and injured second-rounder Dayo Odeyingbo fail to hit the ground running as rookies, the subpar backups could end up seeing more time.
The Colts’ backup linemen might struggle.
Look at the wealth of options! Would you like to star two disappointing second-rounders in Kemoko Turay and Ben Banogu? Perhaps you’d care for two tweeners that are too small to play as a 1-tech but too big to line up as anything more than a 5-tech rusher in Isaac Rochell and Tyquan Lewis? The possibilities are endless.
Paye was a gamble on raw athletic talent, but the Colts may not be in a position to allow him a ton of time to get his feet under him in the NFL. If he doesn’t replace Justin Houston from the jump, things could get very hairy.