When the 2022 season ended, no one expected the secondary for the Indianapolis Colts to look how it looks now. Indy had Stephon Gilmore and Isaiah Rodgers Sr. on the roster, and both were expected to return to make up a quality starting cornerback duo. However, Gilmore has since been traded and Rodgers has been suspended by the NFL and released by the Colts.
Now, the secondary consists of veterans like Kenny Moore II and Julian Blackmon, second-year guys like Rodney Thomas II, Nick Cross, and Dallis Flowers, and three rookie corners that were selected in the draft. It’s a very young room and the quality is currently unknown.
Instead of waiting until these young guys hit the field to be fairly judged, they are already receiving shots. In a recent Bleacher Report piece by Brent Sobleski, Sobleski named the biggest winners and losers of the offseason. One of the biggest listed losers was the Colts secondary.
Considering that Indianapolis lost both its starting corners, that were good, that’s a fair assumption. However, Sobleski went a step further by boldly insulting Indy’s secondary saying, “The Indianapolis Colts' cornerbacks might be the league's worst position group.”
Colts cornerbacks called worst position group in NFL
That's a pretty harsh assessment to make considering that the majority of these cornerbacks haven’t played in the NFL yet. Just because they lack experience and exist as an unknown entity right now doesn’t make them the worst unit in football. Typically, a title like that is earned through bad play. These corners don’t have any play, so the quality of the group is to be determined.
Could they be bad? Absolutely. They could also be really good as well. In recent years, young defensive backs have entered the league making immediate impacts on their teams. That could be the case for the Colts. Once the season starts, and the young corners are thrown into the fire, then everyone will be able to accurately determine how good or bad the unit is.