The No. 1 overall pick in the draft Andrew Luck has some big shoes to fill in Indy as he takes over for Peyton Manning.
Last year was a humbling one for the Colts and their fans without Manning running the offense. But as atrocious as the Colts were across the board last year, the turning of a new leaf could be sooner than expected.
While their draft may not look impressive on paper, it makes a ton of sense. Andrew Luck reunites with former teammate Coby Fleener at tight end, which gives him a familiar face and a safety blanket in his first year.
Then, Indy took another tight end by drafting Clemson’s Dwayne Allen at No. 64 overall. Luck needed weapons, and he got them. The Colts landed this year’s top two tight end prospects.
Veteran Reggie Wayne returns to be a part of this new era of Colts football, led by new head coach Chuck Pagano. Wayne’s presence should be valuable for the young guys, such as rookie wide receiver T.Y. Hilton. Hilton is a bit undersized, but he’s a home run threat with incredible speed. He’ll also contribute on special teams.
Josh Chapman was a nice addition at nose tackle at pick No. 136 and should help stuff the run up the middle.
They have a lot of ground to make up in the AFC South, but the Colts should turn some heads in 2012. Luck should be able to sustain drives and manage the game much better than the offense did last year, which should in turn help the defense.
While the playoffs may be out of the question, there’s no reason to believe they can’t leapfrog the Jacksonville Jaguars next year and get out of the cellar of the division.