Indianapolis was ranked 32nd on PFF’s list as they cited a lack of experience and name recognition among the Colts’ defensive backs.
PFF acknowledged that Quincy Wilson had a promising rookie campaign with an overall grade of 78.6 on 402 snaps, but they pointed out that the rest of Indianapolis’ cornerbacks (Pierre Desir, Nate Hairston, Kenny Moore, and D.J. White) have only accumulated 2,430 snaps in their careers.
The Colts are inexperienced and unproven at cornerback, but that also means they have a lot of potential at that position. Kenny Moore made some big plays when he was finally given some playing time, and Nate Hairston was far from a disaster as a rookie.
Indianapolis’ cornerbacks have a long way to go, and I would’ve liked to see Chris Ballard add some talent to that group this offseason, but there is a decent chance that they look like a very promising unit after this season.
Pro Football Focus’ article didn’t talk much about the Colts’ group of safeties, which is one of the deepest units on the team. Malik Hooker showed Pro Bowl potential last season before a torn ACL ended his rookie year, and he should be healthy by the time Week 1 rolls around. Matthias Farley had a breakout year at strong safety, and he might not even start over Clayton Geathers if Geathers is fully healthy.
Overall, I’d say ranking the Colts’ secondary in the bottom third of the league is justified heading into 2018. But I don’t think teams like the Buccaneers and Panthers will have better defensive backfields than Indianapolis this year.