Colts ranked among the five worst rosters in the NFL but are they last?

Chris Ballard walks the field on Monday, Dec. 26, 2022, before the game against the Los Angeles
Chris Ballard walks the field on Monday, Dec. 26, 2022, before the game against the Los Angeles / Jenna Watson/IndyStar / USA TODAY

In a recent ranking by Bleacher Report, the Indianapolis Colts were listed in the five worst rosters in the NFL. Where exactly is Indy ranked on the list?

Everyone agreed that the Indianapolis Colts put together a great class in the 2023 NFL Draft, however, not many people think highly of Indy’s roster. The Colts have been ranked as one of the worst defenses and one of the worst offenses heading into the 2023 season. So naturally, Indianapolis has to have one of the worst rosters in the league.

Sports Illustrated recently argued that Indy had the worst roster in the AFC South, and now, Bleacher Report is making the case that the Colts are among the five worst rosters in the NFL. Brent Sobleski recently ranked the five worst rosters in the league for Bleacher Report, and Sobleski ranked Indy at No. 4, making them the 29th-ranked roster in the entire league.

Colts ranked fourth-worst roster in the NFL

Sobleski is optimistic about Indy’s future, but ultimately felt that Indianapolis will be too young this season. To drive home the point, Sobleski pointed out that “14 projected starters are 25 or younger, with half of those being in their first or second seasons.” For that reason, Sobleski thinks 2023 will be a rough season filled with growing pains for the Colts.

It’s hard to argue with that logic; Indianapolis is a very young team. Indy does have several established veterans, but they will be relying on young guys at a lot of crucial positions, including Anthony Richardson at quarterback. However, that doesn’t mean that the season is doomed or that Indy’s roster is bad. It just means that the Colts are unproven.

Entering last season, the Jacksonville Jaguars were a young team that arrived far quicker than anyone thought they would. That could happen for the Colts this season. It is dependent on several rookies hitting the ground running, but that’s not unheard of in the NFL. If Indy’s veterans can get the young guys up to speed, the Colts may be able to shock everyone.

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