According to Pro Football Focus, Indianapolis Colts rookie Kenny Moore was the third most playmaking rookie cornerback (19.4%) in the league in 2017. The only ones ranking higher are the two leaders for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year — Marshon Lattimore of the New Orleans Saints (22.1%) and Tre’Davious White of the Buffalo Bills (19.5%).
Showcasing their Defensive Rookie of the Year credentials, Marshon Lattimore and Tre'Davious White were elite playmakers as rookies pic.twitter.com/vitbtifh5p— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) January 7, 2018
Per PFF, “Playmaker Index” is determined by the percentage of targets that resulted in a pass breakup or interception.
Moore was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New England Patriots this spring following the 2017 NFL Draft. However, despite making a strong impression over the summer, was cut during the final waive of preseason roster cuts. The Colts claimed Moore off of waivers, and he was credited with appearing in all 16 games. He was initially a special teams player but was forced into action on defense. At first, it went pretty poorly, but Moore got better as the season progressed.
Because of a season-ending hand injury to Colts top corner Rashaan Melvin, Moore became a starter. By season’s end, Moore compiled 5 pass breakups and 1 interception. PFF credited Moore with 384 total defensive snaps, 194 being in coverage.
The Colts have some interesting decisions to make at cornerback this offseason. Melvin and Pierre Desir are both free agents. Melvin has been an outstanding starter for the Colts for the last two years, and Desir was very promising in his six starts this year. Desir will come cheap, but Melvin will command a hefty contract after his recent play and his partnership with top agent Drew Rosenhaus.
The Colts have Moore, Quincy Wilson and Nate Hairston under contract, and that may be enough to where the Colts only sign one (or maybe even neither) of Melvin and Desir.