2018 Key Additions: The Indianapolis Colts were fairly quiet during free agency this year. But that would that change in a big way when it came to the NFL draft. Yes, the club did add one-time Detroit Lions’ first-round tight end Eric Ebron and former Washington Redskins wide receiver Ryan Grant this offseason. But general manager Chris Ballard saved his best work for the NFL draft, adding players such as guards Quenton Nelson (Notre Dame) and Braden Smith (Auburn) in the first two rounds. There was also help when it came to the other side of the ball in second-round picks Darius Leonard, Kemoko Turay and Tyquan Lewis – all who figure to boast a shaky front seven.
Offseason Review: Most of the angst surrounding the team at the moment is in regards to quarterback Andrew Luck. Is he truly ready to go and more importantly, will he be all set to kick off the season in September? That already puts a lot on the plate of new head coach Frank Reich, the former offensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles. But this was a club determined to restock its talent via the draft and Ballard came out with 11 players – with an emphasis on the offensive line and the defensive front-seven. If these past two draft classes produce sooner than later, look for a bounce back year from this club even if Luck isn’t ready to go right away.