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Projected 2014 starters: Indianapolis Colts

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Indianapolis Colts Projected 2014 Starters
Offense
Defense
QB
DE
RB
DT
WR1
DE
WR2
OLB
WR3
ILB
TE1
ILB
LT
OLB
LG
CB1
C
CB2
RG
SS
RT
FS


» General manager Ryan Grigson's wheeling and dealing left the Colts without first- and fourth-round draft picks. The result is a rookie crop lacking potential first-year starters beyond second-round guard Jack Mewhort. Although the Colts remain the heavy favorites in the AFC South, questions remain on the interior of the offensive line, on the secondary and with the pass-rushing depth behind suspended All-Pro Robert Mathis.

» Among Mewhort, Khaled Holmes and Hugh Thornton, two need to claim the starting center and right guard jobs, with Donald Thomas ticketed for left guard. Andrew Luck has faced consistent pressure up the middle since landing in Indy, and the run-blocking was an issue for the majority of last season.

» The Colts never replaced departed free safety Antoine Bethea, which leaves special teams dynamo Delano Howell as the favorite over Sergio Brown, Corey Lynch and Colt Anderson. Howell seems to be a particular favorite of coach Chuck Pagano. Even with the addition of D'Qwell Jackson, run defense remains a concern after LeGarrette Blount enjoyed the game of his life in knocking the Colts out of the playoffs.

» If interior blocking is a question mark, Luck can take solace in a dramatically improved receiving corps featuring the healthy returns of Reggie Wayne and Dwayne Allen and the signing of Hakeem Nicks. That improved depth is a problem for third-round pick Donte Moncrief, who will find playing time hard to come by as a rookie. With Wayne entering his age-36 season and Nicks signed for just one year, Moncrief is a pick for the future.

» The Colts should cruise to their third consecutive postseason berth, but their roster still doesn't stack up to those of the Broncos and Patriots.

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