31. Indianapolis Colts
Aside from signing Eric Ebron and trading out of the No. 3 pick, it’s been a quiet free agency period for the Indianapolis Colts. That’s a bit surprising for a team with over $65M in cap space to spend this offseason but Chris Ballard has avoided the urge to make any huge free agent splashes as he continues to build this team. Acquiring more draft picks is the perfect way to do that but the Colts still have one of weakest rosters heading into the 2018 season.
This isn’t a quick fix for the Colts. Changing the entire defensive scheme shows the franchise is well aware of that. Gaps are still yet to be filled in Matt Eberflus’ new defense and the offensive line must continue to improve past Ryan Kelly. There are pieces that can excite but football is a team sport. The Colts are overwhelmingly outmatched on both sides of the ball compared to most teams. That showed in the record books last season.
The wild-card ultimately falls on Andrew Luck’s health, an area where no one seems to have a definitive answer. Each week it feels like a different timetable is given, which provides no confidence in a return. At this point, the only way to truly believe he’s back is when he takes the field.
There’s no doubt the Colts have still got a ways to go. Ballard’s draft record provides promise and fans should be confident in the fact that much-needed help is on the way.