Indianapolis Colts 2013 NFL Off Season Depth Charts, Transactions, Trade and Draft Home Page

2012 Record: 11-5, 2nd in AFC North
Head Coach: Chuck Pagano, 2-2 record with Colts (2-2 record overall)

Current Depth Chart (Updated 2/12/13)

QB - Andrew Luck, Chandler Harnish
RB - Vick Ballard, Donald Brown, Delone Carter, Davin Meggett
FB - Robert Hughes
WR1 - Reggie Wayne, Levon Brazill, Griff Whalen
WR2 - TY Hilton, Nathan Palmer, Jabin Sambrano, Jeremy Kelley
TE - Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener, Weslye Saunders, Dominique Jones
LT - Anthony Castonzo
LG - Joe Reitz
C - Samson Satele, AQ Shipley
RG - Mike McGlynn
RT - Bradley Sowell
K - Adam Vinatieri

LDE - Corey Redding, Drake Nevis, Clifton Geathers
NT - Brandon McKinney, Josh Chapman, Kellen Heard
RDE - Ricardo Mathews, Lawrence Guy
LOLB - Robert Mathis, Quinton Spears, Shawn Loiseau
LILB - Kavell Conner, Pat Angerer, Scott Lutrus
RILB - Jerrell Freeman, Mario Harvey, Monte Simmons
ROLB - Jerry Hughes, Justin Hickman, Jake Killeen
LCB - Vontae Davis, Marshay Green
RCB - Cassius Vaughn, Teddy Williams
FS - Antoine Bethea, Joe Lefeged, Larry Asante
SS - Tom Zbikowski, Sergio Brown, Delano Howell
P - 


Unrestricted Free Agents

Offense: QB Drew Stanton. RB Mewelde Moore. WR Donnie Avery. WR Austin Collie. OT Tony Hills. OT Winston Justice.

Defense: DT Antonio Johnson. DT Fili Moala. LB Moise Fokou. LB Dwight Freeney. LB Jamaal Westerman. CB Darius Butler. CB Jerraud Powers. P Pat McAfee

Restricted Free Agents

Offense: RB Deji Karim. OG Jeff Linkenbach. OG Seth Olsen. OT Joe Reitz. OT Lee Ziemba (resigned with Colts).

Defense: DT Martin Tevaseu. LB AJ Edds. CB Josh Gordy.




Offensive Needs

1. Offensive Guard: Mike McGlynn and the terrible combination of Jeff Linkenbach and Joe Reitz may be the worst guard duo in the NFL. Two new starters are desperately needed, especially with between the tackles runner Vick Ballard getting the majority of carries. The Colts have cash to go after someone, and there will be several starting guard prospects in the middle rounds.

2. Offensive Tackle: Anthony Castonzo is good enough on the left side, but the Colts have to find a starter on the right. Winston Justice was decent in 2012, on the rare occasion he was healthy. Paul Kreuger showed the world that Bradley Sowell is not an option. Indianapolis should use the majority of their draft picks on defense, and without a second round pick they might have to go the free agent route. They have the space to go after someone like Andre Smith.

3. Center: Samson Satele has been a below average starter during his NFL career, but with so many other needs, especially on the line, he will return as starter in 2013.

4. Wide Receiver: Many questioned why Wayne would resign with the Colts and why the Colts would resign the aging Wayne. 106 receptions and 1366 yards later, it looked like a genius move. TY Hilton was yet another Colts offensive rookie who had a big year, and he looks like he will be entrenched as the number two. The Rams could resign Donnie Avery if they are not comfortable with Levon Brazill as their number three.

5. Running Back: Vick Ballard was a nice find as a mid round rookie, rushing for over 800 yards at 4 yards a pop. He solidified a position that former first round bust Donald Brown was never able to. Brown and Delone Carter are decent enough backups, but the majority of carries are expected to go to Ballard.

6. Tight End: What a 2012 draft for the Colts. They have young offensive contributors at every position, including two tight ends. Coby Fleener was the big name and the earlier pick, but it was Dwayne Allen who really emerged as the better all around tight end. Both are good pass catchers and will be a huge part of the Colts future.

7. Quarterback: Andrew Luck was as good as advertised as a rookie, throwing for a ton of yards and putting the team on his back on more then one occasion. He has superstar written all over him. The Colts will likely run a West Coast type offense in 2013, meaning Luck shouldn't have to shoulder so much of the load offensively. The Colts would probably like to find a solid backup.


Defensive Needs

1. Cornerback: Vontae Davis was somewhat disappointing during his first season with the Colts, but is easily their best cornerback. In fact, with several free agents, he is the only corner on the roster worth being on the field. The Colts have struggled for years to solidify this position, and it is in dire need.

2. Defensive End: Like most teams transitioning from a 4-3 to a 3-4, the Colts just do not have the pieces to run this defense successfully. Corey Redding is a mediocre, veteran option at this point. College recruiting nuts may remember the name Lawrence Guy. The former big time recruit could develop into a solid starter on one side. Someone like Kawann Short or Margus Hunt could be an option with a first round pick.

3. Nose Tackle: Josh Chapman did not play as a rookie after suffering an injury in training camp, but Chuck Pagano likes his potential and will give him every chance to run with the starting job. Preseason starter Brandon McKinney was also lost to the year before playing a single snap. Free agent Antonio Johnson was the starter in 2012, but is not a natural nose tackle and will probably move on. I have had Johnathan Jenkins mocked to the Colts in some previous updates, but I think the Colts will roll with the duo they have for 2013, at least.

4. Outside Linebacker: Jerry Hughes will have an opportunity to jump start his career now that he will most likely be the starter. He had four sacks as a rotational pass rusher in 2012 and he is a much better fit in the 3-4.  Robert Mathis chipped in 8 sacks of his own. The Colts could draft competition for Hughes/someone to groom behind Mathis in the first round. There will be several pass rushers available.

5. Safety: Antoine Bethea reminds as solid as ever, piling up 100 tackles. Tom Zbikowski has never been a starting option, so they could upgrade the strong safety position. There are several good safety prospects who will be available in the middle rounds if they choose to go that way.

6. Middle Linebacker: Jerrell Freeman was an awesome find out of the CFL by way of college powerhouse Mary Hardin-Baylor College. The 26 year old middle linebacker was fifth in the NFL with 145 tackles. Kavell Conner took over for injured Pat Angerer and was decent on the other side, but he could easily be upgraded. If someone like Alec Ogletree slips in the first round, the Colts would have to think long and hard about drafting him.


Special Teams Needs

1. Kick Returner: The Colts used several players at kick returner, and only Deji Karim gave them solid production. He returned a kickoff for touchdown. TY Hilton was electric as punt returner but he will be an every down starter at receiver in 2013.

2. Kicker: Adam Vinatieri remains a solid option as he enters his 17th NFL season. He should be back in 2013 as he plays out the last year of his deal.

3. Punter: Pat McAfee was not as good in 2012 as he was in 2011, but is one of the better young punters in the league. He has expressed desire to return to the Colts.


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