For the next few days, Andrew Aziz of Everything-Colts.com will be dishing out “Colts Team Needs” articles that will lead up nicely to the start of free agency on March 13th.
The Cornerback spot has been a big need for the Colts ever since they released Kelvin Hayden last summer. It became an even bigger need when they decided to release the 2nd best cornerback on the team, Justin Tryon. Now all they have is Jerraud Powers and Jacob Lacey as their starters. Help is needed at the cornerback spot.
Ways of Helping this Need:
The upcoming draft is a heavy one when it comes to CBs where you could find starters going into the 3rd round and potential Pro Bowlers in the 2nd round. The Colts could spend a 2nd round pick on a cornerback and get a very good #2 cornerback who can play there for years in the league. This would move Jacob Lacey to the nickel position, a position in which he plays well. The Colts could also spend some money in the Free Agency and spend that 2nd round pick on another need. It is a group that has some stars like Cortland Finnegan and Carlos Rogers. Sign either of them and you have your number cornerback for years, and that moves Jerraud Powers over to the #2 spot which could bring his game to the next level. A 3rd and final option is to bring in some undrafted free agents and take the best from the bunch and put them in as depth and maybe a potential starter will arise. Chris Rucker could become a starter with a good training camp.
What the Depth Chart for that Position Looks Like Now:
#1 (LCB): Jerraud Powers
#2 (RCB): Jacob Lacey
#3 (Nickel/IRCB): Chris Rucker
#4 (Nickel/ILCB): Kevin Thomas
#5 (Backup who can play all spots): Terrence Johnson
Prospects (Practice Squad players): Brandon King, Mike Holmes
The Ideal (and Realistic) Depth Chart for that Position:
#1 (LCB): Carlos Rogers
#2 (RCB): Jerraud Powers
#3 (Nickel/ILCB): Jayton Hosley
#4 (Nickel/IRCB): Jacob Lacey
#5 (Backup for anywhere): Chris Rucker
#6 (Backup for anywhere): Kevin Thomas
Prospects (Practice Squad players): Brandon King, Mke Holmes
Expectations for Next Year:
I expect the cornerback position to get better and better as the season goes on, but it still probably won’t be up to par. There will still be problems and teams may be able to pick them apart at times, but it won’t be as bad as last year. Even if the Colts want to spend absolutely no money on the cornerback spot, the scheme is different and the young players that play CB are more developed and more experienced. It will get better and the CB position will get better as the years go on.