Indianapolis Colts 2013 Breakout Player Projections

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Dec 16, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith (94) is blocked by Indianapolis Colts tackle Anthony Castonzo (74) in the first quarter at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Indianapolis Colts lucked into the greatest possible situation any team could have possibly asked for. After more than a decade of watching one of the greatest of all time in Peyton Manning at quarterback, they stunk for a year and got arguably the best young QB prospect to come along since Manning.

With Andrew Luck, the Colts have a chance to return among the NFL’s elite sooner rather than later. They are going to need some help, and the Colts showed in the 2013 offseason that they weren’t afraid to spend some money, something they didn’t really do in the previous regime.

Thanks to the addition of some key veterans, the Colts are poised to make a run at the AFC South title and steal it back from the Houston Texans.

Here are some players we think can be breakout players for the Colts. We will look at one player from each of the last three draft classes.

Third Year — Anthony Castonzo, OT

Castonzo had a bit of a rocky season, missing some time with injury and giving up six sacks in nine games. That’s to be expected of a rookie, especially a player on a terrible team with a bad quarterback situation.

After improvement in his second season, it’s time for the former Boston College star to step up his game and prove he is a franchise left tackle that can protect Andrew Luck’s blind side for the foreseeable future.

He has started 28 games in his NFL career, and I think this will be the year he establishes himself as a top notch starter in the Colts’ offense.

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