#ColtsRank: Week 5

Oct 1, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) reaches out for a first down against the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 1, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) reaches out for a first down against the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday before game day can only mean one thing. #ColtsRank! The staff at cover32 Colts ranks the top 15 Colts at the moment heading into the week, like the NFL Top 100.

Last week’s ranking will be in parentheses next to a player’s name. N/A refers to a player not on the top 15 last week.

15. Anthony Castonzo (11)

Castonzo had a rough outing against the Seahawks, but is still the leader of this banged up offensive line. He has been very good in run blocking, the best among tackles in the NFL this season, and solid in pass protections. With Ryan Kelly returning this week, the Colts offensive line should be solid.

14. Rigoberto Sanchez (N/A)

After a rough start, Rigoberto Sanchez has picked up where Pat McAfee has left off, pinning teams in side the 20 and even netting the Colts a safety against the Seahawks. After winning the starting job from Jeff Locke, he has been pretty solid going forward.

13. Adam Vinatieri (N/A)

The ageless wonder is somehow still going strong this NFL season. After the abomination that was week one against the Rams, Adam Vinatieri has been lights out. He over the last three weeks he has not missed an extra point of a field goal.

12. Vontae Davis (14)

Davis had a rough time coming off of his injury. He was beat for a big gain by Doug Baldwin early in the game, and was not much better for the rest of it. Hopefully that game was a fluke. If it is, and Davis can return to his 2014 form, the Colts could have one of the best young secondaries in the NFL.

11. Jacoby Brissett (10)

Brissett played incredibly well in the first half against the Seahawks, but was at the heart of the second half collapse. He threw for 157 yards, a touchdown and an interceptions. He had the best moment of his Colt career last week. He threw a pick to ex Patriot Justin Coleman. Unlike most young quarterbacks, he stayed poised, and led a touchdown drive. Brissett is still a solid option until Andrew Luck returns.

10. Jabaal Sheard (9)

The signing of Jabaal Sheard by Chris Ballard was a gem and a half. He has been one of the best edge defenders in the NFL, and leads the Colts in pressures with 16. In week 4, he was the fifth most productive pass rusher in the NFL per PFF. Sheard has been a menace off of the edge, providing much needed pass rush that the Colts have lacked.

9. Jack Doyle (7)

Doyle has fallen off of a cliff after his strong start to the season, ending with him missing missing the game against the 49ers under the NFL’s concussion protocol. After posing an incredible 79 yards and eight catches on eight targets in week 2, he has steadily declined. Hopefully when Andrew Luck and Jack Doyle are both healthy their chemistry will reignite Doyle.

8. Nate Hairston(N/A)

Over 20 cornerbacks were drafted ahead of Nate Hairston in the 2017 NFL draft, including one by the Colts. Hairston has outperformed his draft ranking. He has been one of the best pass rushing corners, and even safetied Russell Wilson. In over 100 snaps in coverage, Hairston has allowed zero touchdowns.

7. Clayton Geathers (8)

Although this young Colts secondary has been impressive, it still gave up 46 points to the Seahawks offense, which has been struggling this year. Geathers is the leader and enforcer that this defense has been missing, and once he comes back, opposing running backs will have to watch out.

6. Ryan Kelly (6)

Kelly will make his 2017 debut against a young, stout Niners defensive line, including DeForest Buckner and rookie Solomon Thomas. He gave up no sacks during his rookie season, and looks to pick up right from where he left off this season.

5. Malik Hooker (5)

Hooker has been a sensation in the three games he has started, recording three picks. He is right at the top of the defensive rookie of the year ballot, along with fellow rookie safety Jamal Adams. The main concern for Hooker coming into the draft was his tackling ability, which has not been a concern this season. Hooker could be one of the best safeties in the NFL soon

4. John Simon (3)

Simon continues his excellent 2017 outing, being a force in all facets of the game. He rushes the passer, stops the run, plays coverage, I mean what else can you ask for? Him and Jabaal Sheard could form a lethal pass rush duo with more development and chemistry.

3. Rashaan Melvin (4)

To the surprise of absolutely everybody, Melvin has been one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL this season. He has been absolutely lock down; opposing receivers have been stifled. He held Larry Fitzgerald to zero receptions, and had two picks and four pass deflections against the Browns. Melvin has all of a sudden become the leader of this secondary, usurping Vontae Davis.

2. T.Y. Hilton (2)

Hilton is looking like the elite receiver that he was last season. Although he was quiet in Seattle, he was blanketed by Richard Sherman, one of the great shutdown corners of the NFL. Against the Niners, who have a weak secondary, Hilton looks to have a monster game.

  1. Andrew Luck (1)

Expect Andrew Luck to remain atop this list for quite a while, Colts fans. Good news is Luck has been practicing this week, but will not play tomorrow. Even with Luck returning in the near future, a playoff spot seems doubtful for the boys in Blue.

Others Receiving Votes

Jack Mewhort, Donte Moncrief, Frank Gore (13), Darius Butler, Henry Anderson, Al Woods, Matthias Farley, Johnathan Hankins (12)

Ben Pfeifer is the Managing Editor of the Colts, and a national writer. Want to continue the discussion? Contact Ben Pfeifer on Twitter @doctortruthboi and @cover32_IND.

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