The Indianapolis Colts have reached the halfway point of the 2019 season. The team is currently 5-2 and on a three game winning streak. If the season were to end today, where would the Colts be drafting? First of all, if the season ended today the Colts would be the second seed in the AFC and would receive a first-round bye in the playoffs. The Colts would currently hold the 26th overall pick in the first round.
Playoff position: 1st-round bye
Upcoming game: Pittsburgh Steelers
Remaining SOS: .485 (19th)
Biggest needs: DT, WR, DE.
As you can see, the Colts face a remaining strength of schedule .485 which is 19th in the league, their hardest remaining games look to be the Saints, Panthers and Texans. If the Colts continue to on their current trajectory, they should secure a playoff berth. Whether it’s a 1st round bye or not, we are yet to see.
As it stands, though, the Colts would be picking 26th overall in the draft if the season were to end today. This would be the same selection they had last year (before they traded back).
Through the first half of the season, it is still clear that even though the Colts have a winning record, there are some positions that could do with an upgrade. The biggest one is probably the defensive tackle position. Denico Autry is playing great football, but it’s the defensive tackle next to him that needs upgrading. The Colts need a defensive tackle who can play both the run effectively and apply pressure on the opposing QB consistently.
Possible DT options: Derrick Brown, Javon Kinlaw, Neville Gallimore
Outside of the Colts WR1 TY Hilton, and a flash or two from Zach Pascal, the Colts wide receivers just aren’t getting it done and could use an injection of talent with reliable hands and consistency in getting open.
Possible WR options: Henry Riggs, Tee Higgins, CeeDee Lamb.
Justin Houston and Jabaal Sheard are playing lights out but both are 30 years old and Sheard is scheduled to be a free agent at the years end. The Colts could do with some more youth at the position and a more consistent pass rushing presence.
Possible DE options: AJ Espenesa, K’lavon Chaisson, Yetur Gross-Matos.