Jason’s (@ColtsAuth_Media) Prediction of the Indianapolis Colts’ Final 53-man roster

After the Colts final preseason game against the Bengals, we look toward the final roster cuts and the regular-season opener. Here is one Colts Authority staff member's prediction for the final roster: Jason Spears, our Colts Authority Radio Media Coordinator. Do you agree? Where do you see differences?- KJR
 
Quarterbacks (2)
 
Andrew Luck- future star put simply, the truth
Matt Hasselbeck- ok backup QB to help Luck grow as a QB (free agent signing)
 
Running Backs (5)
 
Ahmad Bradshaw- veteran, solid all-around back (free agent signing)
Vick Ballard- sophomore season will be even better with experience
Donald Brown- homerun hitter, elusive in space
Kerwyn Williams- raw rookie with return capabilities; great speed and quickness (drafted)
Stanley Havili (FB) – experienced vet, solid on ST’s and solid lead blocker with receiving capabilities
 
Tight Ends (3)
 
Dwayne Allen- future star tight end, excels in every facet of the game
Coby Fleener- showed flashes in his rookie season, needs to step up this year
Justice Cunningham- strong blocker with surprising hands (Drafted)
 
Wide Receivers (5) 
 
Reggie Wayne- HOF fame player, still at the top of his game
Darius Heyward Bey- solid vet with elite speed to stretch the field (free agent signing)
TY Hilton- A special player. He can play outside or in the slot & return punts. HE MAKES BIG PLAYS!
Griff Whalen- great hands, showed he can contribute and has solid rapport with Luck
David Reed- solid special teams player; very raw wide receiver; can return kicks & has great speed (Acquired via trade from Baltimore)
 
Offensive Line (9)
 
Anthony Costanzo (LT)- easily the most consistent player on the line.
Gosder Cherilus (RT)- SHOULD be an improvement. He has to play better than he did in preseason. (free agent signing)
Joe Reitz (G/T)- a decent player with experience, who can play either G or T. He’s versatile & can fill in at multiple spots
Jeff Linkenbach (G/T)- decent player with experience/versatility who can play either G or T. Helps offensive line depth
Donald Thomas (OG)- a immediate upgrade at G who should help with both running game & passing game. (free agent signing)
Hugh Thornton (OG)- if he’s not the Week 1 starter, it won’t be long. A ton of talent and will help immediately. (Drafted)
Mike MgGlynn (OG/C)- coaches love him; a leader in meetings; durable; not a very good player. Rated PFF worst o lineman last year
Samson Satele (C)- was below average last year, hopefully with more talent around him he will play better this year
Khalid Holmes (C/OG)- finally got into the last preseason game (Drafted)
 
Special Teams (3)
 
Pat McAfee (P)- becoming one of the best punters in the league; solid tackler too 
Adam Vinatieri (K)- one of the greatest kickers of all time, on the down side of his career; still solid
Matt Overton (LS)- not really noticed much, which means he’s doing his job well
 
Defensive Line (8)
 
Aubrayo Franklin (NT)- solid veteran pick up will help immediately both on and off field (free agent signing)
Josh Chapman (NT)- ultra-talented, 2nd-year player out of Alabama, looks to anchor the line for years to come
Ricky Jean-Francois (DT)- young exciting player, was buried behind SF line talent, gets fresh start in Indy (free agent signing)
Drake Nevis (DT)- LSU product was playing well before his injury last year; looks to have picked up where he left off
Montori Hughes (DT)- an extremely raw rookie with an unlimited ceiling, needs to stay out of trouble off the field (Drafted)
Cory Redding (DE)- emotional leader on defense; plays hard all the time makes people around him better
Fili Maola (DE)- showed flashes last year and looks to be coming into his own (if he can just stay on the field)
Ricardo Mathews (DE)- gets better every year, extremely versatile player
 
Linebackers (9)
 
Pat Angerer (ILB)- coming off injuries, needs to show he’s healthy; when healthy this guy is a tackling machine
Jerrell Freeman (ILB)- came out of nowhere last year to be one of the best players on defense; makes a lot of plays
Kavell Conner (ILB)- real thumper, plays the run very well, struggles against the pass. Short yardage situations suit him well
Kelvin Sheppard (ILB)- solid against the pass, has been underwhelming in preseason. Nickel package player (Acquired via trade from Buffalo)
Mario Harvey (ILB)- solid back up, is decent at everything, seems to find the ball a lot
Robert Mathis (OLB)- great at getting to the QB and making big plays; Pro Bowl player
Erik Walden (OLB)- must set the edge and allow the defense to keep runs bottled up (free agent signing)
Bjorn Werner (OLB)- raw rookie has shown flashes, a tireless worker, he will get better as the season progresses (Drafted)
Cesar Rayford (OLB)- the star of preseason, made his presence known in all four games; he makes big plays and has earned a spot
 
Defensive Backs (9)
 
Vontae Davis (CB)- lockdown corner has played great this preseason, picking up where he left off at the end of last season
Greg Toler (CB)- a huge upgrade over corners last year. He plays very aggressive & is solid in all facets (free agent signing)
Darius Butler (NCB)- solid nickel corner, which covers the slot well, and has a nose for the ball
Cassius Vaughn (DCB)- 4th corner, with starting experience and a good special teams player
Josh Gordy (CB/S)- very versatile can play both corner and safety in a pinch and is a good special teams player
Antoine Bethea (FS)- a pro bowl caliber player when he has a solid player next to him. Durable and holds back four together.
Laron Landry (SS)- immediate upgrade; hitter w/ good speed and will make a big difference if he can remain healthy (free agent signing)
Joe Lefeged (FS/SS)- solid back up S, but he makes his bones on special teams, this guy is an absolute demon on special teams
Sergio Brown (FS/SS)- solid back up depth & a solid special teams player
 
*Lavon Brazill is suspended
** John Boyett will be put on PUP
 
 
Kyle J. Rodriguez

About Kyle J. Rodriguez

A film and numbers guru, Kyle writes about the NFL and the Indianapolis Colts for Bleacher Report, Draft Mecca and The Football Educator, and is a co-founder and associate editor of Colts Authority. Kyle also is a high school sports reporter for the MLive Media Group in Michigan, covering high school sports across the state.

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