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February 11, 2013

What awaits the Colts?

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Let’s talk offense needs, since that’s where Colts GM Ryan Grigson started the rebuild last season.

Indianapolis could sorely use some continuity up front on the offensive line. This is a unit that rotated more than the turnstiles at a New York subway station last year. Injuries, poor performance, and lack of experience all played a part in why this much maligned group did not fully come to fruition. Quality depth is certainly an issue going forward and I expect Grigson to begin addressing that through both free agency and the draft.

Offensive tackle Anthony Costanzo has been pretty solid at left tackle, but what if the Colts could get Jake Long from Miami in free agency and move Costanzo to right tackle, like Baltimore did with Bryant McKinnie and Michael Oher late in the season. That move helped solidify the Ravens’ line en route to a Super Bowl run.

While there are some big names on the free agency list, this is a position that also looks to be pretty deep in the draft. Several quality lineman could fall to the Colts in the first and second rounds, if not later. If Grigson and the Colts use free agency to address some other offensive needs, this may indeed be the play on draft day.

Could Indianapolis benefit from more depth at receiver? Certainly.

Reggie Wayne, while having one of his best years ever last season, needs help. T.Y. Hilton came on late last year as one expects any rookie third-round pick to do and looked solid. But what the Colts need for quarterback Andrew Luck is one more consistent receiving option — and a little speed with that wouldn’t hurt.

This, like the option suggested on the offensive line, could be addressed through free agency. Pittsburgh’s Mike Wallace comes to mind as a speedster who can stretch the field and at 27 years old, he has plenty of rubber left on the tires.

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