Colts Depth Chart

I put together a rough sketch of what I think the current Colts depth chart looks like after the draft and UDFA signings. This list includes 91 players, not 90, because Marcel Dabo is not taking up a roster spot due to the NFL's international player pathway program. This list indicates a total of 44 offensive players, 43 defensive players, and 4 dedicated specialists (not counting returners, who also appear on offense and defense).

I see these 18 players on offense as locks to make the 53-man roster: Ryan, Ehlinger, Taylor, Hines, Pitman, Pierce, Dulin, Campbell, Alie-Cox, Woods, Granson, Pryor, Raimann, Nelson, Kelly, Pinter, Fries, and Smith.

I see these 17 players on defense as locks to make the 53-man roster: Ngakoue, Paye, Lewis, Buckner, Odeyingbo, Stewart, Leonard, Speed, Okereke, Franklin, Gilmore, Facyson, Rodgers, Moore, Blackmon, McLeod, Willis, and Cross.

Once you count the 3 starting specialists (Blankenship, Sanchez, and Rhodes), the Colts have 38 locks for the 53-man roster in my view. That would leave 52 players competing for the remaining 15 roster spots.

I have several observations for these roster battles:

1) The Colts seem to be gearing up to carry 4 TE's on their active roster because I don't why you would have 8 TE's on the roster to only carry 3 of them on gamedays.

2) Gus Bradley is likely planning on running nickel as the base defense like the Colts did last year because they are currently carrying 20(!) DBs.

3) I don't see the Colts carrying more than 3 RBs on the 53-man roster, so the competition is between 4 guys for that 3rd spot.

4) I don't know how many WRs the Colts plan to carry, but it has to be at least 5 and probably as many as 7.

5) I see the Colts carrying 9 or 10 lineman due to having 15 on the roster.

6) The D line is pretty versatile, so I don't know how many we carry, but I have to think that it is 7-9 of them. In the event Ngakoue gets injured, Paye would likely start at LEO and Lewis or Odeyingbo would slide to Big End, so I don't think Banogu is a roster lock, especially considering that Wick or Patchan are likely competing with him.

7) I don't think the Colts sign TY Hilton because we will only have about $6 million in cap space after signing our draft picks, and I think Ballard would like to reserve that space for in-season moves in case of injuries. TY would probably eat up all or most of that space. I haven't even mentioned Nelson's contract extension, which will likely eat away at least some of that space, unless the deal is more back-loaded.

I am curious what you guys think of my roster locks and observations, so feel free to hit me up in the comments if you disagree.

Starter 2nd String 3rd String 4th String 5th String 6th String

QB Matt Ryan Sam Ehlinger Jack Coan James Morgan

RB Jonathan Taylor Nyheim Hines Deon Jackson Max Borghi D'Vonte Price CJ Verdell
WR (X) Michael Pittman Dezmon Patmon Michael Strachan Samson Nacua

WR (Z) Alec Pierce Ashton Dulin Kekoa Crawford

Slot WR Parris Campbell Keke Coutee De'Michael Harris Michael Young Jr.

TE1 Mo Alie-Cox Jelani Woods Farrod Green Michael Jacobson

TE2 Kylen Granson Andrew Ogletree Nikola Kalinic Eli Wolf

LT Matt Pryor Bernhard Raimann Brandon Kemp Jordan Murray

LG Quenton Nelson Alex Mollette John Seltzner

C Ryan Kelly Wesley French

RG Danny Pinter Will Fries

RT Braden Smith Ryan Van Demark Shon Coleman Carter O'Donnell


LEO Yannick Ngakoue Ben Banogu Cullen Wick Scott Patchan

Big End Kwity Paye Tyquan Lewis Kameron Cline

DT (3 Tech) Deforest Buckner Dayo Odeyingbo Curtis Brooks RJ McIntosh

DT (1 Tech) Grover Stewart Eric Johnson Chris Williams

LB (Will) Darius Leonard EJ Speed JoJo Domann Malik Jefferson Sterling Weatherford

LB (Mike) Bobby Okekere Zaire Franklin Jordan Glasgow Forrest Rhyne

CB1 Stephon Gilmore Brandon Facyson Dallis Flowers Chris Wilcox

CB2 Isaiah Rodgers Rodney Thomas Marcel Dabo* Alexander Myres

Nickel CB Kenny Moore Marvel Tell III Anthony Chesley Tony Brown

FS Julian Blackmon Rodney McLeod Armani Watts Will Redmond

SS Khari Willis Nick Cross Brandon King Trevor Denbow


K Rodrigo Blankenship Jake Verity

P Rigoberto Sanchez

LS Luke Rhodes

KR Ashton Dulin

PR Isaiah Rodgers Nyheim Hines

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors.