When you think about the best overall players in the NFL, J.J. Watt and Aaron Rodgers are first and second. Those two are easy and nearly unanimous - but what about the rest of the list? Who else is near the top? If you ask CBS Sports' Pete Prisco, a Colts player is among the best in the league.
Prisco recently ranked the top 100 overall players in the NFL, and coming in at number six is Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.
He carries the Colts on his right arm. They came within a game of the Super Bowl last season with a lot of flaws because of him. Entering his fourth season, it's scary how good he can be.
There's no way to say it that hasn't already been said hundreds of times already, so we'll just say this: Andrew Luck is really good. We've seen him clearly emerge as one of the top quarterbacks in the league, and that means that he's also among the best players in the league, given how important the quarterback position is. Prisco has Luck as the third quarterback on his list, behind only Aaron Rodgers (2) and Tom Brady (3), and the sixth overall player. In 2014, in just his third year in the league, Luck broke Peyton Manning's franchise record for most passing yards in a single season with 4,761 and led the entire NFL in touchdown passes with 40. He has helped carry the Colts to three straight playoff appearances, to two straight AFC South titles, and to the AFC Championship game a year ago. With the best supporting cast around him that he's had since coming to Indy and with him figuring to only get better in his fourth year, the sky is the limit for Luck.
He wasn't the only Colts player to make the list, however. Cornerback Vontae Davis, who reached elite status in 2014, was ranked number 40 (and the fifth-best corner).
He had four picks last season and did a great job in man coverage. The Colts can lock him up on top receivers and not worry if he will do the job. He is their best defender.
Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton checked in at number 66 as the ninth-best wideout.
His big-play ability is huge in the Colts offense. He is small at 5-9, but he can fly. He averaged 16.4 per catch last season with seven touchdown receptions. With more weapons this season, those numbers should go up.
Lastly, pass rusher Robert Mathis made the list at number 98 (that's fitting) despite missing the entire 2014 season.
He is coming off a season lost to suspension and a torn Achilles tendon. But he is expected to be ready to go for the 2015 season and he should be back to his double-digit sack ways.
Four Colts made Prisco's list of the top 100 players in the NFL, including Andrew Luck at number six. What are your thoughts on this list?