After a big win in week 14 against the Texans, the Colts find them selves in the wildcard hunt. See how they can add to their already good team come spring.
After starting the season a dismal 1-5, the Colts now sit at 7-6 and are just one spot out of the playoffs. Since their 1-5 start, the Colts are 6-1 and look like a team no one will want to face in the playoffs as a wildcard.
Andrew Luck is playing like an MVP candidate, Darius Leonard looks like a defensive rookie of the year, and Quenton Nelson could find himself in the offensive rookie of the year conversation as a lineman. Everything is starting to click, and the Colts are looking sharp.
What makes the Colts even more scary is, they will enter the off season with an estimated $120 million in cap space and four draft picks in the first three rounds. With another successful draft class in 2019, the Colts could find themselves as a potential Super Bowl favorites next year.
Here is how we could see the Indianapolis Colts attack the 2019 NFL Draft.
Round 1 Pick 19
Christian Wilkins – IDL – Clemson
Clemson has three legitimate first round defensive lineman in the upcoming draft. While Clelin Ferrell and Dexter Lawrence are both projected ahead of Wilkins, that’s no knock on him, but a testament to how talented this Clemson line is.
Wilkins will fit best in a 4-3 scheme as a 3-technique, which would make him a good fit in the Indy defense considering they run a lot of 4-3. With a blend of vets and high upside rookie defensive ends, the Colts definitely need more help on the inside of their defensive line. Wilkins could step in and be that guy for the Indianapolis defense.
Wilkins is one of the most impressive players in the draft. At 6-4 and 300 pounds, he moves around the field as if he is 100 pounds lighter. He uses his big body to push around offensive lineman and get into the backfield. He uses his strong upper body to bull rush, and most the time commands a double team block to keep him out of the backfield.
His stats do not jump off the page, but he has made his presence known in many ways that do not show up on the stat sheet. He also played a role in Ferrell and Lawrence’s success by drawing attention inside. Wilkins has the ability to open up things on the outside by the attention he draws from the center and either guard depending what side he is lined up on. Wilkins would help open things up for the young pass rushers in Indy and could also make an immediate impact in the run game.