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Here at cover32 Colts I am excited to bring you a brand new series: #ColtsRank. Every Saturday, each staff member will rank their top 15 Colts players at the moment, and they will be compiled into one list, à la the NFL Top 100. Let’s kick it off.
15. Jacoby Brissett
In filling in for Andrew Luck, Jacoby Brissett has done a pretty solid job, despite an untimely interception costing the Colts a win. Brissett has thrown for 267 yards and one interception in five quarters of play. He controlled the Cardinals game for the first three quarters. If Chris Ballard did not trade for Brissett, who knows how Scott Tolzien would have performed against Arizona.
14. Quincy Wilson
The rookie cornerback was lights out apart from one big touchdown he gave up to Cardinals’ J.J. Nelson. Wilson broke up multiple passes, and showed decent tackling ability. Wilson is a raw player, but shows the traits necessary to become a very solid cornerback in the future.
13. Frank Gore
The ageless wonder continues to perform at a decent level for the Colts; he is still producing at the ripe age of 34. Gore recorded 46 yards and the Colts’ only touchdown of the day. Gore will continue to be used as the Colts’ primary back until he shows significant regression, which he has not so far.
12. Jeremiah George
A player with seemingly no future, Chris Ballard has seems to have have found a hidden gem in Jeremiah George. Out of nowhere the third year inside linebacker has taken the starting spot, and played quite well against Arizona. He had four tackles, and looked solid in coverage. George showed good range, speed, and tackling ability. A solid tackling inside linebacker is something the Colts have desperately missed for a long time. He is the sixth ranked linebacker in the NFL according to PFF.
11. Jack Mewhort
Mewhort has been the Colts’ best offensive lineman thus far this season. The transition to right guard has been quite seamless. Mewhort and Joe Haeg look to be a very solid guard tandem in the future.
10. Rashaan Melvin
Rashaan Melvin, unlike Quincy Wilson, was lights out the entire game. He was ranked the best cornerback in the NFL for week two by PFF, and is ranked the 13th best cornerback in the league over two weeks. He gave up three catches in nine targets with multiple pass deflections. Larry Fitzgerald was held to 21 yards, and zero of those came against Melvin. Melvin looks to be the leader of this secondary until Vontae Davis returns.
9. Al Woods
Woods has quietly been one of the best signings that Chris Ballard made this offseason. Al Woods has been the anchor of the defensive line; the Colts allowed Todd Gurley to rush for only 40 yards, and Chris Johnson and Kerwynn Williams to 66 combined yards. Woods has also shown a knack for deflecting passes from the line. Woods has been very solid for the Colts.
8. Clayton Geathers
Clayton Geathers’ injury has definitely hurt the Colts’ thus far this season, as they have given up a myriad of deep balls this season. Geathers’ enforcing style of play gives the defense another dynamic, which no other healthy safety on roster has. When Geathers returns in midseason, the run defense should definitely improve.
7. Malik Hooker
First round rookie Malik Hooker has been very solid over his first two games, and recorded his first interception against Arizona. Hooker recorded an 83.7 PFF grade against the Cardinals. Hooker’s range and closing speed is already very good. If Hooker continues to develop, he could be one of the top safeties in the NFL.
6. Vontae Davis
Although Davis has not been the same since his 2014 campaign, he is still a very quality corner. Davis’s groin injury has kept him out the past few weeks, and he has definitely been missed. Davis provides the veteran leadership that these young defensive backs need. This Colts’ secondary could be one of the best in the league in a few years if everything goes right.
5. Ryan Kelly
Ryan Kelly is incredibly missed by the Colts, and he will not be back for another few weeks. Kelly gave up zero sacks during his rookie season. He and Andrew Luck look to become what Jeff Saturday and Peyton Manning became. His replacement, Deyshawn Bond, has been horrid for the Colts’. Once Ryan Kelly returns, combined with other young players, the Colts offensive line should at least be decent.
4. John Simon
John Simon has undoubtedly been the best defensive player on the Colts this year, and has been the best signing Chris Ballard has made. Simon seems to live in the opposing teams’ backfields, and is a turnover machine. Simon had three QB hits, a sack, and a tackle for loss against the Cardinals. He forced a turnover in every single preseason game. Simon is great in pass rush, run defense, and is solid in pass coverage. What more could the Colts ask for?
3. Jack Doyle
The Jack of all trades has been one of the best tight ends in the NFL through two weeks. Doyle is graded as the third best tight end in the league by PFF, and has been the best receiver for the Colts. He caught all his targets last week for 78 yards, and was also the only reliable target against the Rams. Doyle is one of the most underrated players in the NFL.
2. T.Y. Hilton
After leading the NFL in receiving yards last season, it is safe to say that Hilton has had a disappointing start to the season. Hilton had 49 yards against the Cardinals, and 57 against the Rams. Part of his disappointing start is undoubtedly due to the absence of Andrew Luck. Hilton is still the same quick, electric deep threat he always has been. Once (if) Andrew Luck returns, Hilton’s play will absolutely improve.
This spot really isn’t a question, is it? Andrew Luck’s injury proves even more how good Andrew Luck is. Luck is invaluable to the Colts’ success. He turns the Colts’ from a bottom five team to a playoff contender. Luck is easily a top quarterback in this league. Once Luck is fully healthy, this team will be back and better than ever.
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