Indianapolis Colts, Def, Colts
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2016 Outlook: Do Not DraftLast updated on Aug-04-2016 by Shawn Childs
The Colts were about league average in rushing yards allowed (1814 – 18th) with ball carriers gaining 4.3 yards per attempt while scoring 14 rushing TDs. They ranked 12th in passing yards allowed (3669) with 27 passing TDs, 12 Ints, and 41 sacks. QBs completed 58.0 percent of their passes with each attempt gaining 7.2 yards.
Their best two players on defense in 2015 were DE Henry Anderson and DE Kendall Langford. Langford had a career-high seven sacks at age 29 with solid success defending the run. Anderson was Indy's best run defender over nine games last year while recording one sack. He suffered a torn ACL in early November in 2015. The Colts hope to have him ready for the start of the regular season. Indy selected Henry in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. The nose tackle position will be a battle of multi players with risk in all areas. NT Zach Kerr graded as league average in part-time snaps as his second season in the NFL after signing as an undrafted free agent in 2014. NT David Parry struggled in all areas in his rookie season.
Indianapolis had three linebackers (Trent Cole, Erik Walden, and Robert Mathis) that are league average players for their position. Mathis was a liability as in run support with a sharp decline in sacks (seven – 19.5 in 2014). Cole will start the year at age 33 with declining value in sacks (three) as well. All of the options for their interior linebacking positions appear to be nondescript players with age working against them or lacking upside talent.
Both of their starting options at safety (Mike Adams and Clayton Geathers) add more risk than upside. Geathers was a huge liability in his rookie season after being drafted in the fourth round. CB Vontae Davis is one of the better cover corner in the league with some risk in run support. I expect CB Patrick Robinson to be serviceable after playing his best ball in coverage in 2015.
This defense should be a positive for the Colts' offense as Indy has a lot of failure on the defensive side of the ball. They have possible strength at CB while lacking depth. Many of their players are older at the first and second levels of the defense which will be a huge negative with any injuries or regression. This defense has no Fantasy value for me in 2016.
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