53 Man Roster Prediction

QB: Andrew Luck, Scott Tolzien (2)

  • After Luck’s massive extension this offseason, there is little doubt that anyone else will lead this team for the next six years. The backup gig is Tolzien’s to lose because the Colts showed last year they’d rather sign three quarterbacks instead of playing the only other QB on the roster, Stephen Morris. The fourth QB on the roster, Josh Woodrum, was cut on 7/19/16 to make room for an addition.

RB: Frank Gore, Josh Ferguson, Robert Turbin, Tyler Varga (4)

  • Gore is ready and hungry to bounce back this season after missing the 1,000 yard mark last season. The backup spots are unclaimed at the moment. If Turbin does not get cut for his arrest, he will probably back up Gore because he possesses a good combination of speed and size. Ferguson is a very shifty back with good catching and pass-protecting abilities, so he is the ideal third-down back. Varga sticks around despite his four-month long concussion because of his value as a power back and on special teams.

WR: T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief, Philip Dorsett, Quan Bray, Tevaun Smith, Mekale McKay (6)

  • Hilton, Moncrief, and Dorsett have the first three receiver spots taken because of their experience and everyone else’s lack of experience. Bray makes this roster as a kick and punt return specialist. Tevaun Smith is 6’2″ and runs a 4.33.That’s the same speed as Dorsett in Moncrief’s body. Smith was chosen in the first round of the 2016 CFL draft in case he doesn’t make this team. Mekale McKay is 6’6″ with a 4.55 40-yard dash, a 10’3″ broad jump, and a 35″ vertical. The Colts tallest receiver is Donte Moncrief at 6’2″, so they need to add height to this receiving group. McKay is the prototype goal line jump ball receiver with his height and athleticism. His strengths include being a willing run-blocker and using his size to win jump balls. His downfalls include inconsistent hands, press release technique, and route running, which is a problem most tall guys have because it is harder for them to sink their hips.

TE: Dwayne Allen, Jack Doyle, Erik Swoope (3)

  • Allen and Doyle are the only tight ends on this roster with any experience now that Fleener is gone. Allen will lead the way with Doyle coming in as a fullback or a second tight end. Erik Swoope makes this team because he has been with the Colts practice squad for two seasons and his athleticism can somewhat replace what the Colts lost when Fleener left.

OT: Anthony Castonzo, Joe Reitz, Denzelle Good, Le’Raven Clark, (4)

  • Castonzo and Reitz will start out as the left and right tackles, respectively, because they ranked as the 13th and 14th best tackles last season. Good will be the immediate backup if either tackles come off the field. Clark was the third round choice, so it’d be shocking if he didn’t make this roster.

OG: Jack Mewhort, Hugh Thornton, Joe Haeg (3)

  • Mewhort is penned in at left guard. Thornton will probably start at right guard because of his experience. Haeg was drafted as a tackle, but has worked exclusively at guard. Haeg was the fifth round choice, and it’d be tough to imagine that the Colts don’t give him at least one year.

C: Ryan Kelly, Austin Blythe (2)

  • Kelly is the clear-cut starter at center. Blythe is the only other center the Colts have on the roster now that Jonatthan Harrison has moved to guard.

DE: Henry Anderson, Kendall Langford, Arthur Jones (3)

  • Anderson really impressed as a rookie and will be a starter this season. Langford impressed as well last season and will likely be a starter. Jones has been disappointing in his tenure with the Colts, but he has some talent that warranted a $33 million deal.

DT: David Parry, Hassan Ridgeway, Zach Kerr, T.Y. McGill (4)

  • Parry did what was asked of him as a rookie and figures to start week 1. Ridgeway is a fourth round selection and will push for the starting job down the line. Kerr and McGill are depth players that can play anywhere on the interior.

OLB: Robert Mathis, Trent Cole, Erik Walden, Trevor Bates, Curt Maggitt (5)

  • Mathis will start as the ROLB, and Walden will start as the LOLB. Cole will come on as a situational pass-rusher. Bates was the seventh round choice. He is capable of rushing the passer, pursuing the run, and playing in space as a coverage linebacker. Maggitt was a sack-artist his junior season at Tennessee when he racked up 11.5 sacks. If he provides that type of pass-rushing ability for the Colts, he will be making the roster for years to come.

ILB: D’Qwell Jackson, Nate Irving, Sio Moore, Antonio Morrison (4)

  • Jackson is the only returning starting ILB from last year, so his roster spot won’t be in jeopardy. Irving and Moore both have one season with the Colts, which gives them an edge to make the roster. Morrison was a fourth round selection, and Pagano loves the intensity and aggressiveness that he plays with.

CB: Vontae Davis, Patrick Robinson, Darius Butler, D’Joun Smith, Jalil Brown (5)

  • Davis is the best player on the defense, so his spot is locked up. Robinson signed with the Colts this offseason, and the coaches already have plans for him across from Davis. Butler will start in the slot like he has for the past few years. Smith was a second round pick last year, but was sidelined for most of the year with an injury. The Colts will give him another chance and hopes he can become a future starter. Brown impressed the coaches last offseason and earned a roster spot along with some playing time for it.

S: Mike Adams, Clayton Geathers, T.J. Green, Winston Guy, Dezmen Southward (5)

  • Adams has been to the Pro Bowl the past two seasons, so he has his starting spot secured. Geathers was a fourth round pick last draft and had minutes here and there. With a year of experience under his belt, he will be thrown in as the starter this season. Green was the second round choice this year, so it would taken something serious for him to not make the team. Guy has been a contributor on special teams and is the only guy outside of Adams and Geathers that has played with the Colts. Southward has talent that once made him a third round selection and two years of NFL experience that should put him over the top.

K: Adam Vinatieri

P: Pat McAfee

LS: Matt Overton

  • The Colts don’t have any other specialists on the roster, so there isn’t much to analyze here.
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