Who would the Colts select if they could add one player from a division rival?

Jan 14, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars guard Brandon Scherff (68) against
Jan 14, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars guard Brandon Scherff (68) against / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

PFF recently asked fans which player would they want from a division rival. If the Indianapolis Colts had that choice, who would they add from the AFC South?

The AFC South is considered the worst division in football but it’s a division that has a lot of talent. Following the 2023 NFL Draft, that’s especially the case. The Indianapolis Colts, the Houston Texans, and the Jacksonville Jaguars are loaded with young talent, and the Tennessee Titans still have several promising pieces.

Surely, fans occasionally look at the rosters of their division rivals and wish they had a certain player on their favorite team. Recently, PFF asked fans on Twitter if they had the power to steal a player from a division rival, who would it be? So let’s think about that question for the Colts.

What player would Colts steal from AFC South rival?

As previously stated, there’s a lot of talent in the AFC South. The Titans have elite guys like Derrick Henry and Jeffery Simmons, but with Jonathan Taylor, DeForest Buckner, and Grover Stewart on the roster, Indy is unlikely to add a running back or defensive tackle.

Houston has several young players that could slide into a starting role for Indianapolis. Derek Stingley Jr. and Will Anderson Jr. would be great additions to the Colts defense. Then it’s the Jacksonville Jaguars, the division’s defending champions. The Jaguars have the best roster in the AFC South, and Indy will likely take a player from them in this hypothetical.

If this question was asked a month ago, the answer would’ve easily been Trevor Lawrence. However, fans are probably comfortable and prepared to see where the Anthony Richardson experience takes the Colts. So if Indianapolis was to take a player that addresses a major need, the answer would probably be Jaguars right guard Brandon Scherff.

Colts should take Brandon Scherff if they could take any AFC South player

An offensive linemen isn’t the fun answer but it’s the realistic and necessary answer. Of all the talented players Indianapolis could add from the AFC South, an offensive linemen would probably make the biggest impact. For that reason, the choice was ultimately between Texans left tackle Laremy Tunsil and Scherff. Indy has Bernhard Raimann at left tackle, and while he isn’t near Tunsil, he did improve at the end of his rookie season, so it’s worth seeing what he can become.

At right guard, however, the Colts haven’t added much this offseason. The main addition was promising undrafted free agent Emil Ekiyor Jr. Bringing in Scherff would add a five-time Pro Bowl guard to an offensive line that struggled tremendously last season. His presence would help Indy get back to running the ball and protecting the quarterback. With a stable offensive line, all the other positions on Indy’s roster will be able to develop and eventually thrive.

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