Breaking down the top 5 Colts players of 2023 according to PFF

A few veterans, a young offensive lineman, and an impending free agent were all given impressive grades by PFF this year
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Bernhard Raimann (LT) — 82.3

Both of Indianapolis’ starting tackles made the team’s top-five list — a huge testament to the Colts’ much-improved offensive line in 2023. Playing in just his second NFL season and his first as the Week 1 starter, Raimann’s 82.3 PFF overall grade ranked fifth among all left tackles.

Raimann’s pass-blocking grade was a team-high 80.6 and his 74.6 grade in run-blocking was very good too. Similar to Smith, Raimann was statistically excellent. The Austrian native conceded just four sacks across 620 pass-blocking snaps and logged a 78% run-block win rate, only slightly below Smith’s mark and ninth-best in the NFL.

PFF noted that Raimann’s emergence as an effective OT provided a huge boost to the Colts’ offensive line which they ranked as the third-best unit in the whole league. Indianapolis gave up only 15 sacks in 2023, anchored by Raimann who started all but two games. As the Colts enter the Anthony Richardson era, having a young left tackle already in place to protect their franchise QB’s blind side bodes well for the team’s long-term prospects.