Impressive peak prospects could impact Colts’ approach to free agency
The Indianapolis Colts have options on how best to approach the defensive line after a strong combination from the edge rushers.
The prospects put on a show at the annual NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. While several groups were impressive, the peak unit had one of the best collective performances.
They were all tall, looked good in the drills, and ran really, really fast. Six rush prospects ran below 4.6 in the 40-yard dash and Virginia Tech’s Amare Barno had the best rush time with a 4.36.
Headlining Aidan Hutchinson and Kayvon Thibodeaux, the prospects showed that this is an incredibly deep class for passing passes and teams should take note.
Following the impressive performance, NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reported that teams were impressed and had already begun to adjust their boards, saying the incoming class of passers could impact the movement of veterans into free agency.
One of the teams that will be affected by this is the Indianapolis Colts. Indy always seems to be in the market for peak rushers and this offseason will be no different.
Colts could address rushing pass in draft or free agency
That gives Indianapolis a lot of freedom to decide how best to solve the Colts’ rushing problem. Indy could look to free agency, the draft, or both.
Given that the draft class looks really impressive, it could cause many teams to focus on securing a prospect instead of chasing veterans in free agency.
If so, the competition in the market could decrease and the cost of a veteran rusher could go down. With names like Von Miller, Chandler Jones, Haason Reddick and more, the Colts could get a big boost by looking to veterans.
If Indy is unable to land a veteran, it is in a good position in the draft to select some of the many talented prospects. With the class so deep, Indy could draft an edge rusher in round two or with one of their mid-round picks.
What would be the best approach for Indianapolis, drafting a rusher or signing a veteran?
Is the draft or free agency better for the Colts?
Given Indianapolis’ situation as a team, it would be better suited to target veteran pass rushers. The Colts are a few pieces away from having a championship caliber roster, it is better to rely on proven players.
Since Indy has no first-round picks, he won’t be able to land the best rushers in the class. Although this is a deep class, players who usually have a significant and immediate impact are drafted in the first round.
The Colts are not in a position to depend on a promising midterm selection, no matter the potential. It would be better for Indy’s Super Bowl chances if they could land one of the big names in free agents and draft a promising rusher in the later rounds.
It would give Indianapolis immediate production and help win now, while allowing a player of this deep class to become an impact player.